The Future of Space in New Zealand

Join the conversation with space experts at a public panel discussion in Wellington.

What's it all about?

On 21 May at Victoria University of Wellington’s Kelburn campus the New Zealand Space Agency and SpaceBase have gathered a panel of experts and space students for a public discussion and Q & A. The panel’s combined experience spans astronomy, astrophysics, satellite remote sensing, mission and space station design and astrobiology. Free to the public and students. Come and join us to discuss space, and hear about the growing opportunities in this fast-moving high-tech sector.



Dr Pauline Harris (VUW)

Dr Yvette Perrott (VUW)

Dr Duncan Steel (Xerra)

Vaishnavi Anand (VUW)

Eric Dahlstrom (SpaceBase)

Mike Asplet (NZSA)


Lillian Pak (NZAN and Hutt City Libraries)

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Memorial Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

Tuesday 21 May
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Free event
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Dr Pauline Harris

Senior Lecturer / Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Pauline Harris (Ngāti Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahununu) of Victoria University is an astrophysicist and the chair of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART).

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Dr Yvette Perrott

Lecturer / Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Yvette Perrott completed her PhD in Astrophysics at Cambridge University and is now a Rutherford Discovery Fellow at Victoria University, studying clusters of galaxies in the radio waveband.

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Dr Duncan Steel

Chief Systems Architect / Xerra

Dr Duncan Steel has worked in space research for forty years in the US, Europe, Australia and NZ; minor planet (4713) Steel is named for him.

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Mike Asplet

Team Leader Policy / New Zealand Space Agency

Mike is the team leader for space policy in the New Zealand Space Agency. He has previously worked in several agencies across the New Zealand Government, focusing on international and security policy. He has also taught in the international relations department at Victoria University.

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Vaishnavi Anand

Outreach manager / New Zealand Students' Space Association

Vaishnavi Anand is the outreach manager of the New Zealand Students' Space Association and studies biomedical science at Victoria University of Wellington. Last year, she won the World Standards Day Competition 2018 for her entry on using satellites to measure greenhouse gas emissions.

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Eric Dahlstrom

Co-founder / SpaceBase

Eric Dahlstrom is the co-founder of SpaceBase, supporting space entrepreneurs in New Zealand. He is an astronomer and space engineer and worked on space station design for NASA.

Lillian Pak

New Zealand Astrobiology Network and Hutt City Libraries

Lillian Pak is an active volunteer with the NZ Astrobiology Network (NZAN) and has worked on their space programmes such Synergies in Space and Spaceward Bound and has worked to organise public talks and school visits with space scientists from organisations such as NASA, ESA, and Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research.

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