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World-first Aerospace Innovation to be Trialled in Canterbury

Passenger trials of a self-flying, all-electric air taxi, called Cora will be trialled in Canterbury according to a recent announcement by Minister of Research Science and Innovation Hon. Dr. Megan Woods.

Richard Sandford General Manager of Innovation and Business Growth at ChristchurchNZ said the announcement is a big win for the city’s aerospace and future transport industry.

“This is just one more acknowledgement of Ōtautahi Christchurch’s global reputation as an innovative and future focused aerospace hub,” he said.

“Christchurch and Canterbury have expertise in almost every segment of the aerospace sector from niche areas such as advanced manufacturing through to testing, prototyping, assembly, launch and data analytics. This depth of experience sits along a strong talent pipeline fed by the University of Canterbury and Ara Institute of Technology.

Christchurch has expertise in almost every segment of the aerospace sector from niche areas such as advanced manufacturing through to testing, prototyping, assembly, launch and data analytics.

Richard Sandford, General Manager Innovation and Business Growth

“We look forward to welcoming Wisk and taking a collaborative approach, alongside the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, to making this world-first trial a resounding success," said Sandford.

Wisk will join the ranks of other international aerospace innovators choosing to base their operations in the region including the likes of Kea Aerospace, Fabrum Solutions, Dawn Aerospace, Skybase, Orbica, TE Connectivity and SpaceBase.

Securing the trial for Canterbury is a step closer to the city’s bold goal to be at the centre of New Zealand Aerospace industry by 2025.

“The 2025 goal is supported by the Christchurch Aerospace Sector Plan which provides direction and momentum for this high-value industry which is a natural fit for the city and an excellent catalyst for economic growth. Wisk’s trial of this green, emission-free future transport technology is a big step forward to achieving our goal,” said Sandford.