In February 2020 New Zealand Government signed a memorandum of understanding with urban air mobility company Wisk to support a transport trial of the company’s Cora air taxi in Canterbury.
According to a government statement
“In October 2019 the Government announced the establishment of the Airspace Integration Trials Programme – an innovative, industry-focussed programme to support the safe testing and development of advanced unmanned aircraft and accelerate their integration into the aviation system. In July 2019, the Government released the paper Taking Flight: an aviation system for the automated age which sets out the vision to integrate small drones and advanced UA into our transport system and develop a thriving, innovative and safe sector. Industry investing in the development, testing and certification of new and unproven advanced UA and adjacent technologies is a key to achieving this vision.
A recent benefit study commissioned by MBIE and the Ministry of Transport estimated that the commercial application of UA could generate up to NZD7.9 billion in additional value to the New Zealand economy over the next 25 years.
As at September 2022 the initial flights trials were completed and work moved on to airspace integration projects.