Statements of Government Policy and Directions

The Minister for Communications can issue Statements of Policy and Directions to guide us in administering radio spectrum in New Zealand.

Reserved frequencies in 2018

During 2018, the Minister decided to open up some of the frequencies reserved in 2016 to allow new and long-term licences in the 174 – 184 MHz frequency range and the 800 MHz bands. This means the current list of reserved frequencies are now:

  • 184 MHz - 230 MHz
  • 2370 MHz – 2395 MHz
  • 5875 MHz – 5925 MHz

The Minister reserved these frequencies for possible new uses, subject to future government decision. Short-term new licences are permitted for the trial of new technologies, or the operation of specific short term events.

Licences in these bands

Contact an Approved Radio Engineer or Certifier (ARE or ARC) if you’re interested in applying for a short-term licence in one of these bands.

List of approved engineers and examiners

If you already hold a licence in the reserved bands, you can apply for additional licences to maintain coverage of your existing services.

If you want to move your service to an alternative frequency in anticipation of any possible future use, contact us. We can help you choose a new frequency.

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Reserved frequencies in 2016

Under the current policy issued in 2016, the Minister directed that new radio licences can't be granted in some frequencies except on a short term basis — for example, up to 6 months.

The reserved frequencies were:

  • 174 MHz – 230 MHz
  • 806 MHz – 824 MHz
  • 851 MHz – 869 MHz
  • 2370 MHz – 2395 MHz
  • 5875 MHz – 5925 MHz.

The full 2016 Policy Statement is on the Gazette website.

Statement of Government Policy and Directions to the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment(external link)