As a Member State of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), New Zealand is a signatory to the ITU Constitution (CS) and Convention (CV), which gives international treaty status to the associated International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) and Radio Regulations (RR). Consequently, there is a need to have a national spectrum framework in which New Zealand’s international treaty obligations can be addressed.
New Zealand also participates in spectrum regulatory work from a regional perspective. For example, New Zealand is active in radiocommunication programmes within the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and liaises with other APT countries, in particular Australia on radio spectrum matters.
Development of New Zealand national positions relating to the management and use of the radio spectrum is achieved through the New Zealand Radio Sector. A secure website has also been established to facilitate communications with members of the Radio Sector and to provide general and confidential information to radiocommunications industry stakeholders.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is an intergovernmental organisation under the auspices of the United Nations that seeks to enable economic growth and social development through ongoing advancement of telecommunications and information networks.
The Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) is an intergovernmental organisation that serves as the focal organisation for communication and information technology in the Asia Pacific region. It operates in conjunction with telecommunication service providers, manufacturers of communications equipment, and research and development organisations active in the field of communication, information and innovation technologies.
The New Zealand Radio Sector provides a national forum in which international proposals for spectrum usage (or changes to usage) and related spectrum management issues, as initiated through the ITU Radiocommunications Sector (ITU-R) may be explored and debated.