Supreme innovation award to Rocket Lab

HISTORIC MOMENT: Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket blasted off from Mahia in May, the first of the company's three planned test flights. Picture supplied

AFTER establishing the world’s first private rocket launch facility at Mahia, aerospace company Rocket Lab has been recognised with a top national award.

At last night’s New Zealand Innovation Awards, Rocket Lab was named the supreme winner for its Mahia-based space programme.

“Innovation underpins everything we do at Rocket Lab so to see our team recognised for that is fantastic”, company chief executive Peter Beck said.

“When you’re striving to completely revolutionise an industry and have a real impact on the world, you have to challenge traditional ways of thinking by solving problems in ways others would consider impossible.

“The awards are testament to the Rocket Lab team’s dedication and the belief that we can achieve what no one has before.”

There were 22 winners and 14 highly-commended awards across 12 industry categories and eight business disciplines.

“A record number of organisations and individuals entered this year, and the quality and standard was incredible”, NZ Innovation Council interim chief executive Craig Cotton said.

“We’ve unearthed some game-changing innovations, and we look forward to seeing them continue to win, grow and have fun, as they commercialise and succeed both locally and globally.”

Rocket Lab launched a rocket from its launch facility at Onenui Station earlier this year and is expected to hold a second test launch next month.

Eastland Group part-owned Flick Electric Co also enjoyed success, winning the disruptive and breakthrough innovation category.

The Wellington-based company has developed a disruptive retail model through the use of proprietary technology and customer tools that allow for the purchase of wholesale market electricity in real time.

The app, CHOICE, also gives consumers information about the carbon impact of the electricity they are sourcing so that they can make environmentally conscious decisions about their consumption and usage.

AFTER establishing the world’s first private rocket launch facility at Mahia, aerospace company Rocket Lab has been recognised with a top national award.

At last night’s New Zealand Innovation Awards, Rocket Lab was named the supreme winner for its Mahia-based space programme.

“Innovation underpins everything we do at Rocket Lab so to see our team recognised for that is fantastic”, company chief executive Peter Beck said.

“When you’re striving to completely revolutionise an industry and have a real impact on the world, you have to challenge traditional ways of thinking by solving problems in ways others would consider impossible.

“The awards are testament to the Rocket Lab team’s dedication and the belief that we can achieve what no one has before.”

There were 22 winners and 14 highly-commended awards across 12 industry categories and eight business disciplines.

“A record number of organisations and individuals entered this year, and the quality and standard was incredible”, NZ Innovation Council interim chief executive Craig Cotton said.

“We’ve unearthed some game-changing innovations, and we look forward to seeing them continue to win, grow and have fun, as they commercialise and succeed both locally and globally.”

Rocket Lab launched a rocket from its launch facility at Onenui Station earlier this year and is expected to hold a second test launch next month.

Eastland Group part-owned Flick Electric Co also enjoyed success, winning the disruptive and breakthrough innovation category.

The Wellington-based company has developed a disruptive retail model through the use of proprietary technology and customer tools that allow for the purchase of wholesale market electricity in real time.

The app, CHOICE, also gives consumers information about the carbon impact of the electricity they are sourcing so that they can make environmentally conscious decisions about their consumption and usage.

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