Reimagining Regulation with Clint Cardozo at OneReg

Reimagining Regulation with Clint Cardozo at OneReg

On a mission to change aerospace regulation in New Zealand for the better, OneReg CEO Clint Cardozo tells us about his journey into aerospace from beginnings in visual art, and how OneReg is helping to streamline regulatory processes to help businesses get on with what they do best.

Can you tell me a bit about your career path and what led you to the role you’re in today?

My career began in art and design. I came to NZ as an international student to study visual art and the constructs of identity in photography. After graduating, like most immigrants, finding work to match my previous work experience was challenging. About the same time, Apple was reinventing the way content was created and distributed with its new iPads and iPhones. It seemed like a good idea at the time to start a new media design company focused on creating digital software experiences. A few years later I found myself at Air New Zealand as part of its digital transformation team, where I was exposed to some of the inefficiencies that come with being part of a heavily regulated industry.

As Covid hit the aviation industry, I began my Masters in Commercialisation at the University of Auckland – this enabled my co-founders and I to bring our idea of digitising the regulatory compliance process to support the aviation industry to life, and ultimately the formation of OneReg.

Can you tell me about your role at OneReg? What does your day-to-day look like?

My key focus has to do with prioritisation. As a startup with limited resources and big ambitions, it’s always a challenge to figure where to dedicate our focus and ideas. As the software is starting to get more traction in the market, I spend a lot of time speaking to customers so I can truly understand their challenges and how we might evolve to support them better. Our goal at OneReg is to create as much value as possible for our customers, making it easy for them to get on with the business of flying, all while building a successful business. I also try to carve out dedicated time for my mental and physical health and being present with my family every day.  

The OneReg team

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Working in the aerospace sector is exciting and seeing what our platform enables aerospace businesses to do is what drives us. Also, when people see how OneReg eases the regulatory burden, it’s a great feeling knowing we’ve made their jobs, and lives, easier. I work with some truly talented and experienced people who drive me to be better. I have a high level of trust in their abilities and am passionate about what we are creating together. The way we are tackling the digitisation of regulatory information is novel, unique and complex. It’s this complexity and the curiosity that drives us all and pushes us to be better!


What are some of the biggest challenges you face in your work?

The biggest challenge for any startup CEO is creating enough commercial and strategic value for your customers, investors, and partners before the money runs out. Striking the right balance is a great challenge. We also started OneReg at the height of the pandemic. I mean, every startup is hard, but starting an aviation business amidst a global pandemic is taking it to the extreme! I figure the challenges we’ve faced have only made the team more resilient and committed. Challenges create the catalyst for the OneReg team to build a better, sustainable and more resilient business.

What’s the driver behind OneReg? What do you hope to achieve?

I couldn’t understand why there was so much transactional friction in the regulatory process. The volume of paperwork and compliance to keep on top of for any aerospace operator is monumental. If we want the aviation sector to come back and innovate faster, the chokepoint is the largely manual processes in compliance management. The tools that were available on the market were either too expensive or cumbersome to use, further compounding the problem. All the generated information was ultimately exported to Word and PDF files, which then created more work for the regulator to sieve through.

We figured that if the regulatory processes became more streamlined, this would lead to more innovation and new business models – we consider this a success. We also want New Zealand to be in a position to lead the growing space sector, and if OneReg gives New Zealand a strategic advantage to do so, our vision would be realised.

Check out the OneReg Explainer video below:

What does the inclusion of OneReg in the CAA certification process mean for aerospace participants?

It means that operators can now have the confidence that their internal compliance information and expositions to the CAA are all streamlined and efficient. OneReg has tools to significantly speed up the management of compliance and safety information, not just for aerospace participants but also the Regulator, making the whole ecosystem digitally enabled. It means faster approval times, more accurate information, and audit tracking – and means our customers can get flying faster and focus on the part of their businesses that matter most to them.

OneReg reduces the burden of compliance, taking the stress out of it, and makes it cost and resource effective overall. With our capability to link legislation to operating information, OneReg will be instrumental in mapping the impact of changing regulations to all aerospace organisations with real-time data.

Why do you think Canterbury is an ideal location for an aerospace hub?

All the cool aerospace companies seem to be popping up in Canterbury. It feels like we are missing out being up here in Auckland! Time for OneReg to move out of Auckland, perhaps?

What do you see as big growth opportunities in Canterbury in the aerospace sector?

It seems like Canterbury has a distinct advantage of having the density and diversity of aerospace companies in the region. We are already seeing this create new and novel opportunities in the sector as it grows – innovation tends to thrive when there’s diverse activity. But I preface this by saying that NZ in general needs to think more globally than locally. To support Aerospace Christchurch, we also have a special offer of 20% off for all Associates. Give me a shout and I will get you set up!

How do you see your work, and the aerospace sector, changing in the next 10 years?

Between the pandemic, geopolitics, and climate change, every aerospace business simply must evolve into more sustainable practices which includes regulation management. Regulations are key to a safe and sustainable aerospace sector; it just requires different tools to allow for the volume of participants to enter the sector. OneReg plays a small, but critical, part in this giant puzzle to get to this Final Frontier.

Meet Up #23 Ethics Beyond Our Planet

Meet Up #23 Ethics Beyond Our Planet

May 10, 2022

Our return to in-person Meet Ups was an excellent evening! Our speakers presented us with fascinating presentations on ‘Ethics Beyond Our Planet’, and it was fantastic to network with our aerospace community in person once again.

A special thank you to the University of Canterbury for hosting us and sponsoring the event.

Clear Skies in the Era of Satellite Megaconstellations
Dr. Michele Bannister, Planetary Scientist, Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury
The advent of the build-out of massive satellite constellations is unpacking a broad range of issues around access and operation in near-Earth space. Fortunately, enthusiastic efforts are bringing together industry and academics around the world to consider the mitigation of visual and radio pollution associated with satellite constellations.

Space for Planet Earth Challenge – Leveraging Space For Climate Change
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, CEO and Co-Founder, SpaceBase Limited
SpaceBase gave a short recap of the Space for Planet Earth Challenge competition results – using satellite data to address climate change issues focusing on carbon sequestration and coral health. Two finalists, high school teams from Christchurch presented their machine learning and cloud- based solutions. Cashmere High Space Club talked about how shrimp farms are likely affecting coral health globally. Christ College presented their platform focused on predicting coral bleaching.

Norm Setting In The New Space Era – The Role Of Government
Mike Asplet, Team Leader Policy, New Zealand Space Agency, MBIE
Over the past two decades there has been a rapid increase in civilian and commercial entities making use of outer space. This growing international interest in space poses challenges for establishing norms to manage the risks and benefits of space activities. This presentation discussed the ways in which government influences the development of theses norms at both the international and domestic levels.

Global Space Ethics And Planetary Defense
Dr. Evie Kendal, Lecturer, Health Promotion, Swinburne University of Technology
Human interactions with space and celestial objects have previously been limited by what we can do, rather than what we should do. So-called ‘space races’ have often shown little consideration of the long-term ethical impacts of space exploration, or the potential dual-use dilemmas that the associated advancements in science and technology represent for global security. It has become apparent in recent times that increased human activity in space poses various legal challenges, leading to a drive to progress the field of space law. In this talk, Dr. Kendal discussed the similar need to codify global space ethics review processes and suggest some possible methods for monitoring and evaluation in this area.

The New Aerospace Eng Minor Programme at the University of Canterbury
Dr Natalia Kabaliuk, Department of Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
The new Minor in Aerospace Engineering as part of the BE(Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Canterbury will provide aspiring students an enhanced pathway into the rapidly developing aerospace industry in Aotearoa New Zealand and especially Ōtautahi Christchurch. UC offers the only undergraduate Aerospace degree in Aotearoa, giving students early entry into the industry or towards further study at the postgraduate level. This talk will provide a brief overview of the structure of the Minor.

Changing The Way We Travel with Wisk’s Catherine MacGowan

Changing The Way We Travel with Wisk’s Catherine MacGowan

Making sustainable flight a reality for everyday life, Wisk is shaping the future of how we travel. Catherine MacGowan, Wisk’s new Asia Pacific Region Director, tells us about her aerospace journey, the impact of a strong innovation ecosystem, and what the future might hold.

Can you tell me a bit about what led you to the role you’re in today?

I’ve joined Wisk after twenty years as part of the Air Force and public sector. During that time, I held a range of roles, from patrolling our oceans as a P3 Orion Navigator, supporting the development of intelligence capabilities at the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Defence Force, to working on the integration of new aircraft fleets into our Air Force. Aerospace has been a huge part of that journey, and what I have especially valued is seeing the way that process innovation combines with technological advancement to achieve more.

Can you tell me about your role at Wisk?

Wisk is about creating safe, sustainable, everyday flight for everyone. To deliver on that, we are working with our teammates around the world on our 6th generation aircraft – which will be the first certified self-flying, all-electric, air taxi. But for advanced air mobility to make a difference in our communities, we need infrastructure and systems that enable autonomous flight – which is a significant change from the status quo. So we work closely with MBIE, CAA and other partners to develop the airspace integration procedures that will help make this possible.

Specifically, my day typically involves working across time zones with the Wisk Executive Team, our team members here in the Asia Pacific region, and engaging with groups ranging from local schools to industry stakeholders.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

People. The most amazing part of any role is seeing what teams can achieve when they work together on complex problems. Creating a new way of moving people around means that we are innovating every day on different aspects of our aircraft and its systems. It’s a privilege to support our teams while they work on these challenges. More broadly, we are lucky to be part of the aerospace community in New Zealand that supports each other in growing New Zealand’s role as a leader in aerospace and a great place to do this work.

What are some of the challenges you face in your work?

The development and certification of all-electric aircraft and all-electric eVTOL aircraft is a big challenge for the industry. It’s great to see a range of companies developing and deploying these platforms, but the bigger challenge for us is autonomy. Autonomy is not only a significant technical advancement, but it requires a change in how we regulate and control air traffic. That means thinking differently about how our transport networks will come together in the future. 

What are you looking forward to in your future career?

In the near future, I’m working towards building Wisk’s presence in the Asia Pacific region. This will bring a range of opportunities to our communities and our industry, and highlight the value of our region to aerospace innovation. And I’m hoping to support more diversity in our industry. To create our future, we are putting some really hard problems in front of engineers, technicians, and other specialists. We need everybody to show up for this challenge, so I’m hoping to support efforts to remove any barriers to participation. 

What do you see as big growth opportunities in Canterbury in the aerospace sector?

It’s really exciting to see the contributions that Canterbury has made to aerospace innovation in recent years. Companies have shown that space launches, electric flight, long-endurance, and autonomy are accessible technologies. The next step is working across communities and sectors to connect these technologies to the ways that we want to live in the future. 

Why do you think Canterbury is an ideal location for an aerospace hub?

Aerospace needs an ecosystem to support it – no company stands alone when innovating. This includes partners who are open to new ways of working together, geography and airspace that are accessible for aviation and space operators, and a spirit of innovation. These things are firmly part of the Canterbury landscape, and I’m so impressed with the support that innovators provide each other.

How do you see your role, and the aerospace sector, changing in the next 10 years?

Our industry is critical for Aotearoa’s decarbonisation goals, and the core changes for both my role and the sector will be continuing to move towards a carbon-neutral status quo.  Aviation is responsible for 14% of New Zealand’s CO2 emissions, and as a region, Canterbury contributes to 14.2% of New Zealand’s carbon footprint, the second-highest emitting region. 

Companies like Wisk, and the sector more broadly, have an opportunity to not only create an industry that has the potential to fundamentally change everyday life but to do so in a way that is environmentally responsible. This type of opportunity hasn’t been seen since the beginning of aviation itself – and echoes what we are seeing with land-based transport.

Meet Up #22 Aerospace Livestream Party

Meet Up #22 Aerospace Livestream Party

November 8, 2022

Our first Meet Up of the year was a stellar evening! Hosted online, we also had our aerospace community join us from small watch parties all around the country.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in, and to UC Centre for Entrepreneurship for hosting a watch party.

A Refugee Perspective
Mekdim Tesfaye, Founder, Oasis Orbital Systems

There is something magical about getting to see the planet from a higher perspective. Boarding a plane and coming to New Zealand as a refugee in 2000, I fell in love with aerospace. Being able to leave my troubles behind in search of a new, safer place to call home had a profound impact on my entire family. Fast forward to 2021 and I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to share the magic of that higher perspective with others. My venture Oasis Orbital Systems is a Virtual Space Tourism start-up operating out of the University of Canterbury’s Center for Entrepreneurship with a mission to deliver affordable and Immersive space tourism.

Nova Systems Rebrands – positioned to support future growth of Aerospace in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Jude Rushmere, General Manager, Nova Systems New Zealand

Nova Systems is a global engineering services and technology solutions company, partnering with our clients to keep our nations and people safe and secure. Nova Systems has been supporting clients in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2014 and has seen rapid growth over the past 2 years. Much of which has been due to the capabilities and potential within Aotearoa New Zealand’s growing aerospace sector. Nova Systems has recently rebranded to showcase its growth and emphasise the breadth of its capabilities.

Airbourne Astronomy on SOFIA
Ms Karina Leppik, Astronomy Educator and Guide for the Antarctic Academy

Karina Leppik will talk about Astronomy of the Southern skies from her role as a NASA Mission Director through to her work alongside the International Antarctic Centre. She will be supported by Miranda Satterthwaite Academy Director at the Antarctic Academy who will be guiding for the Southern Lights Flights operating from the International Antarctic Centre.

Te Pūnaha Ātea – Space Institute, University of Auckland
Prof Guglielmo Aglietti, Director, Te Pūnaha Ātea Space Institute

The Institute, formally established in 2019 across science and engineering, aims to support and enhance the growth of the National Space Sector. This is being achieved articulating a series of activities, ranging from new courses and programmes to research projects, to partnerships with other institution, and the establishment of facilities for the end to end development and in orbit demonstration of technologies. The talk will give an overview of what has been achieved and future developments.

Reaching The Stratosphere And Beyond
Mark Rocket, CEO, Kea Aerospace

Kea Aerospace is developing a solar-powered, remotely piloted aircraft that will fly continuously in the stratosphere for months at a time to collect frequent high-resolution aerial images. Philipp will give an update on the company’s plans to build a global fleet of stratospheric aircraft.

Out of This World: Women in Space Reaching New Heights

Out of This World: Women in Space Reaching New Heights

Celebrating the achievements of women around the world, this year’s theme for  International Women’s Day (IWD) is #BreakTheBias. 

International Women’s Day encourages us to imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, a world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive, and a world where difference is valued and celebrated. 

Dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and gender minorities to work in space fields, Women in Space Aotearoa New Zealand is off to a flying start. WISANZ aim is to ‘Break the Bias’ so that all members have equity of opportunity to study, work and succeed in the space sector.

WISANZ was founded in 2021 as a network for women working in space, and those who want to. Driven by a diverse group of inspiring women, WISANZ is open to women in all aspects of the space sector, including science, engineering, business and corporate, medical, policy, and legal fields. 

WISANZ aims to support those in the space sector, provide guidance to those looking to enter the sector, and inspire the next generation to reach for the stars. Sharing a common passion for space, the WISANZ community is already home to over 170 individuals working in the New Zealand space industry, including universities and research institutes, government roles and aerospace companies. 

In celebration of International Women’s Day, meet a few of the awesome members below:

Dr Lisa Brown
General Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine researcher

What is your current role and what does it involve?

I am a General Surgeon based in Auckland and have also completed training and research in Aerospace Medicine. In addition to working as a Surgeon I spend my time performing Aerospace Medicine research – how the human body reacts in the microgravity environment and how to look after people on long duration missions. I also sit on multiple international Space Medicine committees.

How did you get here?

I completed my Medical Degree and then a PhD 

which helped me in my research career and then completed my surgical training. Whilst doing my PhD I studied physics and astrophysics and then went to The University of Oxford as the Aerospace Medicine Research Fellow. I was the first New Zealander to complete the UTMB Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine Short Course which involved training at NASA and I completed an internship with DLR/German Aerospace at the European Astronaut Center. I was on the Space Medicine Association Executive Committee and sit on other international committees. I am currently a volunteer mentor with the United Nations Space4Women Network.

What advice do you have for young New Zealand women interested in the Space industry?

There are so many avenues you can take to pursue a career in Aerospace and with determination it’s really possible to achieve your goals in this area. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too hard or you can’t do it – because you can!

Ciara Byrne
Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, Rocket Lab

What is your current role and what does it involve?

I am a Senior Talent Acquisition Partner for our People and Culture team at Rocket Lab.  I am responsible for managing our recruitment portfolio across all disciplines in our NZ operations.  My role is to attract talent for Rocket Lab through advertising, social media platforms and various networking tools.  

How did you get here?

I came from the tech industry in Ireland working in account management and sales coaching but

when the global financial crisis happened, I decided to head off on an adventure to beautiful Aotearoa.  Recruitment seemed like a natural career choice for me as I enjoy supporting people in their pursuit for the perfect job!  I came across Rocket Lab and was excited to see that there was an option to work in the space industry in New Zealand.  It has been by far, the most exciting industry I have ever worked in and I love seeing how the team at Rocket Lab has continued to push the boundaries of what we can achieve.


What advice do you have for young New Zealand women interested in the space industry?

I would say that there are opportunities for everyone in the space industry!  If you’re studying engineering or commerce or maybe you are completing an electrician apprenticeship, there is something for you here.  We just want to see passionate people who love what they do.

Haritina Mogosanu
Astrobiologist & Space Sciences Communicator, New Zealand Astrobiology Network

What is your current role and what does it involve?

I am an astrobiologist and a Space Science Communicator, Executive Director of the New Zealand Astrobiology Network and co-founder of Milky-Way.Kiwi, a space science communication social enterprise. As Senior Science Communicator at Space Place and Programme Manager for Experience Wellington I recently saw my 18 year-dream of creating a planetarium movie about European and Pacific navigation coming true. The movie is called “The Navigators” and it is about how most things in life can be done

in more than one way, about biases and mindsets and, of course, learning about the night sky. As a science communicator it is a huge achievement to see it out there. The knowledge we have from studying the stars has made extraordinary achievements possible, not just scientific ones but also personal. The movie was an opportunity for me to send a hidden message to our tamariki: “Learn your science and be our explorers for the future!”


How did you get here?

I grew up under the beautiful sky of the Northern Cross (Cygnus) in Romania, and have loved the stars ever since I can remember. When I was young, working for a job in the space industry was seen as something unattainable, so I first became a horticultural engineer, then I got my first masters in Environmental Management, and became an avid amateur astronomer and space science communicator. I came to New Zealand to see the star Canopus and the southern sky, and worked for Carter Observatory in Wellington for many years. Then, I had the extraordinary opportunity to train for Mars at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah on a Romanian Space Agency programme, while working for the Ministry for Primary Industries of NZ as a biosecurity risk analyst. While doing my second Masters in International Security in Intelligence I had an internship at NASA Ames in planetary protection and organised more Mars outreach missions at MDRS and in New Zealand. From my Master’s thesis research work, I learned about the institutionalisation of the civilian space research, which prompted me to establish the New Zealand Astrobiology Network as a Charitable Trust and run wonderful space science outreach programmes under its banner since.


What advice do you have for young New Zealand women interested in the Space industry?

“Never let anyone tell you who you are, what you should do, or ridicule your ideas. Follow your dreams and only choose to do what you absolutely love. When you do what you love it is like having a superpower. This is the only superpower you will ever need.”

Christchurch Aerospace Challenge: Grants awarded to develop aerial imagery prototype technology

Christchurch Aerospace Challenge: Grants awarded to develop aerial imagery prototype technology

January 21, 2022: Three Christchurch-based innovators have each been awarded $10,000 in grant funding, alongside mentoring and support, to develop their prototypes for capturing aerial imagery as part of the Christchurch Aerospace Challenge.

Images taken from high above the earth are used to make better decisions about what should be done on the land below. Uses for aerial imagery range from tackling air pollution to water level changes through to disaster management and recovery.

The grant recipients will develop their prototype over the next five months and compete in a finale and award evening in June, where the winning solution will be awarded a $30,000 contract with Christchurch City Council to trial and validate their solution.

The Council will put the technology to use as part of its Smart Christchurch programme helping to create a digital replica of Christchurch, to be used for planning, and enable advanced analysis of data.

The three grant recipients are:

Swoop Aero

Swoop Aero’s solution will ensure the seamless collection of aerial data by combining Swoop Aero’s proven technology platform with a high-resolution sensor.

Unmanned Aircraft Solutions & Woods

This solution will use smart mapping pods which can be rapidly deployed on a range of aircraft to gather fast aerial mapping data in a more sustainable way.

Versatile Airborne Radars

This team of researchers will adapt technology used to monitor changing alpine and polar environments. Their snow radar augments satellite information to give an otherwise flat image in the vertical dimension.

The applications were reviewed by a panel of ten judges to ensure they met the Challenge criteria and requirements of Christchurch City Council.

Christchurch City Council’s Smart Christchurch Programme Manager Michael Healy said the applicants provided three very different, high quality solutions.

“Each team has approached the challenge differently, and it will be fantastic to see how each of the finalists develop their prototypes over the next five months. Aerial imagery capture technology provides important information for decision-making to the Christchurch City Council. This development will help protect and future-proof our city, particularly from the effects of climate change.”

The Challenge is delivered through a partnership between ChristchurchNZ and the Christchurch City Council and is proudly supported by the University of Canterbury, Aerospace Christchurch and KiwiNet.

Thank you to all judges who gave up their personal time to review the applications and provide independent analysis. 

For more information, please contact: