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Review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989


The last comprehensive review of the Act was in the late 1990s. Technology changes and increases in demand for spectrum since then mean it is now timely to reconsider how the spectrum is managed to ensure the most efficient and effective outcomes for New Zealand.

A review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 was signalled in the ‘Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook 2012 – 2016’. This review is now underway. Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) published a discussion document in July 2014 seeking views on issues with the current Act and whether changes are needed. Submissions and cross submissions closed in late 2014.


The key issues identified through the submissions process were how the Act:

  • manages interference; and
  • deals with the allocation of management rights and spectrum licences.

Further work on these issues is progressing with the Ministry holding workshops on interference management in May 2015.

Read more about the interference workshops.


Last updated 5 August 2015