New Zealand was a founding member of the SKA Organisation, and is represented as a full member on the Governing Board by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Radio Astronomy in New Zealand has links stretching back to the work of Elizabeth Alexander on solar emissions in 1945 and John Bolton and Gordon Stanley’s mobile sea-cliff interferometer. This latter instrument was used in 1948 to obtain rising and setting records of various radio-astronomical sources. Historical measurements made near Sydney (Dover Heights) and Auckland (Leigh and Piha) determined the positions of several strong radio sources for the first time. This allowed their optical counterparts to be identified as supernova remnants and extragalactic objects and not ‘radio-stars’ as previously had been assumed. This ground-breaking work contributed to the discovery of radio galaxies and quasars. New Zealand maintains the Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory run by the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research at Auckland University of Technology, with 30m and 12m radio telescopes.

Academics and industry partners collaborate across New Zealand with significant involvements spanning the computing aspects of the SKA. In the Central Signal Processor Consortium NZ contributes to the SKA1-mid telescope correlator with NRC Canada, the SKA1-low telescope correlator with CSIRO and ASTRON, pulsar search with Manchester, Oxford and Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, and pulsar timing with Swinburne University. In the Science Data Processor Consortium NZ contributes to the imaging pipeline algorithms, analysis, and implementations together with CSIRO and Manchester, and to the compute platform middleware, software and compute node design with ASTRON, Cambridge, and Oxford.

New Zealand researchers are also active in SKA Science teams, including Fundamental Physics with Pulsars, HI Galaxy Science, and Cosmic Magnetism. Once the SKA is built they plan to help conduct high-precision pulsar timing and surveys for pulsars and fast radio transients, measure the values of the fundamental constants of Nature, resolve the disparity between the star formations history and the raw material available to fuel it, and hope to uncover a new population of high redshift galaxies invisible to optical spectroscopy.

Māori

Ko Aotearoa tētahi o ngā mema whakapūmau o te Whakahaere o SKA, ā, e whakakanohitia mai ana hoki hei mema pūmau i te Poari Whakahaere e Te Manatū Pakihi, Auaha, Mahi hoki anō hoki.

Ko te pūtake o te Tātai Arorangi Irirangi i Aotearoa kei ngā mahi a Elizabeth Alexander e pā ana ki ngā tukunga kōmaru i te tau 1945, me te pūrere ine mahiratanga hoki a John Bolton rāua ko Gordon Stanley i whakatūria i tētahi pari i tātahi. I whakamahia te taputapu nei i te tau 1948 kia riro mai ai ngā pūranga kōrero mō te whitinga me te tōnga o ngā tūmomo pūtaketanga irirangi ā-arorangi. Nā ētahi tātai o mua i Poihākena (Dover Heights) me Tāmaki-makau-rau (Leigh me Piha) i whakatau ngā nohoanga o ētahi pūtaketanga irirangi kaha mō te wā tuatahi. Nā konā i tautuhia ai ko ngā hāngaitanga o aua mea he mahuetanga nō te pahūnga whetū, nō waho rānei i te ikarangi, ā, ehara hoki i te ‘whetū-irirangi’ i pōhēhē rā ētahi. Nā tēnei mahi auaha i kitea ai ngā ikarangi irirangi me ngā hanga moke. Kua riro mā Aotearoa te Whare Kōkōrangi o Warkworth e manaaki, he mea whakahaere nā te Whare Kōkōrangi me te Whare Rangahau Tuarangi kei Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki-makau-rau, kei reira ētahi pūoko irirangi e rua, kotahi e 30 mita te teitei, kotahi anō 12 mita te teitei.

Ka mahi tahi ngā pūmātauranga me ngā hoa ā-ahumahi, huri noa i Aotearoa, i ngā mahi e pā ana ki ngā āhuatanga ā-rorohiko o SKA. E whai wāhi ana te rōpū Pūtātari Tohu o Aotearoa ki te Kāru-whātata Ine o SKA1-Mid i te taha o NRC Kānata me te Karu-whātata Ine o SKA1-Low i te taha o CSIRO me ASTRON. E whai wāhi ana hoki ki  te Ine Kakapa i te taha o Manchester, rātou ko Oxford, ko te Whare Kōkōrangi o Max Planck me te Whare Wānanga Ine Kakapa o Swinburne. E whai wāhi ana te rōpū Pūtātari Raraunga Pūtaiao o Aotearoa ki te nuka whakaputa whakaahua, ki te tātaritanga me te whakatinanatanga i te taha o CSIRO me Manchester. E whai wāhi ana anō hoki rātou ki te pūnaha ā-rorohiko me te pūmanawa ā-rorohiko i te taha o ASTRON, o Cambridge me Oxford.

E mahi ana anō hoki ngā kairangahau o Aotearoa i ngā rōpū o SKA Pūtaiao, pēnei i ngā Pūtakenga ā-Ahupūngao me ngā Ine Kakapa, i HI Pūtaiao ā-Ikarangi me te Autō ā-Tātai Tuarangi. Kia oti te SKA te waihanga, e whakarite ana rātou ki te whakahaere i te ine kakapa me ngā uiuinga e pā ana ki ngā ine kakapa me ngā ngaru irirangi ka tere puta mai, hei ine i ngā tatauranga o te ao tukupū, hei whakatau hoki i rerekētanga i waenga i ngā hanganga whetū o mua, ā, mohoa nei me te raw material e wātea ana ki te whakaora i aua mea, i runga i te tūmanako ka tūhuratia tētahi huinga hou o ngā ikarangi neke-tere kāore e kitea e te karu-whātata.

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