Ollie Neas

Ollie Neas is a freelance writer

Politics
Jun 21, 2021

Mahia residents descend on Auckland to protest Rocket Lab links with US military

Protesters gathered at Rocket Lab's Auckland HQ today in opposition to the company's work with the US military.

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Politics
Jun 3, 2021

How NZ’s new deal with Nasa could pave the way for moon mining

The American-led Artemis Accords, signed this week by NZ, could lead to a more privatised, US-dominated future of space exploitation.

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Politics
Mar 9, 2021

NZ rocket launches may breach nuclear-free laws, say peace groups

Rocket Lab risks 'drawing NZ into supporting the weaponisation of space and the related nuclear arms race', say critics.

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Business
Feb 11, 2021

Stuart Nash on US military satellite launch in NZ: ‘I have not received an application’

Rocket Lab's next launch of a US satellite hasn't received approval from the minister responsible.

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Business
Feb 10, 2021

Rocket Lab launch from New Zealand to help US military with ‘targeting’

The next Rocket Lab mission will include a military satellite designed to improve the targeting capabilities of US warfighters.

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Society
Jun 12, 2020

The spy chief and the payload: The story behind NZ’s first US spy satellite launch

What was onboard Rocket Lab's launch for the US government in January? The public wasn’t allowed to know, and still isn’t.

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Society
Feb 1, 2020

A US spy satellite just launched from NZ. Here’s what you need to know

'Birds of a Feather', is the first launch for a US spy agency from NZ. Here's what we know – and even more importantly, what we don’t.

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Society
Jan 14, 2020

Revealed: New Zealand’s role in the new American war-fighting frontier – space

As the extent of involvement continues to grow, questions arise around the trade-offs, and the absence of public debate.

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Local Elections
Oct 25, 2019

Policy Local: 10 things we learned from surveying thousands of local election candidates

Boomers versus zoomers, the great uncontested swathes, and what makes Greymouth special.

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Business
Aug 1, 2019

Spying on Earth: Rocket Lab’s payloads get more and more interesting

The launch of satellites for private companies that sell data to spy agencies raises fresh concerns about New Zealand's fledgling space industry.

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Business
May 17, 2019

‘She’ll be right’ attitude to Rocket Lab putting Nuclear Free NZ at risk, experts say

The government has deliberately limited public understanding of Rocket Lab's US military connections in order to support American security interests, documents show. 

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Business
Mar 30, 2019

Rocket Lab just launched another payload for the US military. It’s time we talked about it

The Kiwi success story is working for an agency that developed stealth aircraft and the scheme to bombard Vietnam with Agent Orange.

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Business
Dec 17, 2018

Revealed: Rocket Lab has just made NZ a launch pad for US defence satellites

Its latest mission may be inadvertently exposing New Zealand to the militarisation of space, writes Ollie Neas.

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Business
Nov 20, 2018

What lies inside Rocket Lab’s secret US military contracts?

Rocket Lab is celebrated as a positive New Zealand success story. Yet it is funded in part by the world’s largest weapons manufacturer, and many of its key contracts are with the US military and its suppliers

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