The NZRA is a group of people who are interested in model rocketry, who build model rockets, and launch them skywards. Ages can range from 6 to 106 and the NZRA is open to everyone who wishes to join us. The NZRA has been in existence in various forms since 1991 when it was called the NARNZ (National Association of Rocketry New Zealand):
To promote, foster and develop the sport and encourage the affiliation of potential members, educate the relevant administrative bodies in all aspects of the hobby, to liase with international associations and to coordinate competition.
Model rocketry opens up many avenues for learning, and the great thing is, the learning never stops. There is always more to explore and if you keep at it, you can become a true rocket scientist. Much of the learning is about science. There are all manner of rocket motors, rocket sizes: fat ones - thin ones, designs built for speed and altitude and some just for the fun of it. You learn what slows a rocket down and what makes it sleek and efficient. You learn how to measure the altitude that your rocket reaches and in some instances learn how to communicate with your rocket via the GPS satellite network. You can even mount a camera on your rocket and watch the Earth recede as the rocket reaches for the sky. Above all, you learn how much fun all this learning can be!
No matter what your level of skill or knowledge, there is always the personal pleasure of making something that can soar thousands of meters into the sky, the thrill of the liftoff, and the feeling of relief and satisfaction of a successful recovery.
One of the foremost aspects of model rocketry is that of safety. This is always a prime consideration in the construction of any model rocket as well as in its launching. When handled and built properly, a model rocket is simply not dangerous. At every NZRA launching, there are qualified experts on hand with many years of experience to supervise and control every aspect of rocket safety.
So please won't you come and join us. It will be love at first flight!
President: Evan More
Launch Master and President - Evan More
Vice-President: Joel Schiff
Steering Comittee: Evan More, Joy-Marie Radovan (Treasurer), Alex Heffer (Secretary), Craig Packard (Membership Secretary), Gerry Munden (Education), Sue Kirkby (Ready-to-Fly Rockets), Phil Vukovich (Altitude Records), Chris North (Youth Rep), Joel Schiff (Webmaster)
Membership Registration Fee $15/year or $25/2 years
Your membership is not only supporting this website, but you are entitled to:
**Use of all launch facilities
(A $20.00 fee is payable at the launch table for use of equipment and insurance cover at Auckland branch launch days)
**Access to purchase high-power rocket motors
**Official recognition of achievements (altitude records etc.)
**Invitation to periodically held rocketry workshops
**Notification of all launch events and website updates
(For insurance coverage outside the Auckland region, please contact the Secretary)
Affiliate Member/Google Discussion Group Member ... Free
- Notification of all launch events and website updates
- Rocketry discussion groups
Corporate Members ... to be announced
Have your corporate logo/name on the side of a rocket sent into space at an official NZRA launch
Support NZ science education through the activities of the NZRA involvement with young people.
To become a member CLICK HERE
To become an Affiliate Member/Join a Google Discussion Group Click Here
This is some history of the NZRA that you might be interested in.
To make contact with the NZRA, please Click Here.