A burgeoning UAV industry has developed in NZ with a number of manufacturers, research groups and commercial operators now showing the true value UAV (aka drone) technology can deliver.

Callaghan Innovation and UAVNZ welcome you to New Zealand’s third national UAV Industry Conference.


Building on the success of the 2015 “Shared Skies” Symposium, the 2017 conference will be the most significant and important event for the NZ UAV industry to date. Join us to learn about the latest developments, share knowledge and network with all the key players in one spot!



The conference will feature presentations from Civil Aviation Authority, Airways Corporation, UAVNZ, Flirtey, Massey University, the NZ Fire Service, the NASA UAS Traffic Management project, including topics such as:

  • Development of government policy and regulations
  • Public perceptions and privacy issues
  • Property owner rights and permissions
  • Safety and operational best practice
  • Commercial impact and economic benefits
  • Beyond line of sight operations
  • Remote sensing and UAV technology development

The Hon Simon Bridges (Minister of Transport) has also been invited to give a key note speech.

NZ UAV Industry Conference - Programme.

13TH - 14TH FEBRUARY 2017

An individual registration fee of $200.00 (excl GST) includes access to all conference sessions, morning and afternoon tea, the networking function (Mon 13th Feb) and lunch (Tues 14th Feb). Registration for all full-time tertiary students will be $100.00 (excl GST).


We greatly appreciate the support of the 2017 conference sponsors listed below. They are helping create an outstanding event so please extend our thanks by clicking their links!

Given the significant interest and media coverage generated by the 2015 conference, UAVNZ would be happy to partner with organisations who share our vision to create a world-class industry in NZ.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available so get in touch!

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Massey University School of Aviation RPAS course

“Introduction to Regulations and Operator Conduct”

Friday/Saturday/Sunday February 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017

Massey University East Precinct, Albany Expressway (SH17), Albany Auckland

A highly regarded three - day RPAS course ( including optional RPAS flight examination) designed to meet CAA requirements for people with little or no aviation experience who want to enter the RPAS industry. Enquiries to Anke Smith – email aviation@massey.ac.nz; mob. 021627739


Request more information on the conference, trade exhibits or sponsorship opportunities

We look forward to seeing you in February!


Booths will be available for companies to exhibit at the 2017 NZ UAV Industry Conference, located in the foyer and catering areas to maximise contact time for exhibitors.

Two booth options are available (2.4 x 1.8m and 3.6 x 1.8m), including display stands and equipment.


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