There’s a bit of a theme emerging this month; once again New Zealand and space are making news together. This time it isn’t merino pushing to the final frontier, but instead it’s a company designing novel rocket propulsion systems. Peter Beck founded Rocket Lab in 2007 using seed investment from an entrepreneur so inspired by…

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When you’re orbiting in the International Space Station at an altitude of over 300km for weeks on end, comfort becomes a priority. To help astronauts and cosmonauts work comfortably, NASA is supplying them with New Zealand merino wool garments from Armadillo Merino, a UK-based company owned by South Islander Andy Caughey.

Necessity is the mother of invention. In the mid-1900s, with Australian farmers battling fly infestations and soldiers in the Pacific encountering malaria-harbouring mosquitos, Doug Waterhouse developed an aerosolised insect repellent he called ‘Aerogard’. A visit from the Queen led to a public demonstration that got the attention of the international market, Aerogard™ was snapped up…

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