The Waihopai satellite spy station near Blenheim, New Zealand.

Photo, right: The Waihopai satellite spy station near Blenheim, New Zealand.

On April 30, 2008, three Ploughshares activists gained access to the base and slashed one of the rubber protective domes with a sickle.

The giant balloon deflated slowly and draped over the satellite dish. The dome was later replaced.

The three activists stood trial and were acquitted of all charges by a jury. The Government attempted to recover more than $1 million costs from them via a civil action but then dropped the case.

Latest updates

31 January 2023

2023 Waihopai Protest details

3 December 2022

Peace Researcher 64 November 2022 posted

Rocket Lab page added

26 October 2022

ABC Submission For Review Of 2017 Intelligence & Security Act (ISA)

19 October 2022

Updates posted

26 September 2022

Rocket Lab: 1) Leaflet 2) Murray Horton's speech from public meeting 4 Sept 3) Kevin Clements' 2021 interview about Rocket Lab

29 June 2022

Updates posted

16 June 2022

Peace Researcher - Issue 63 uploaded to website

10 June 2022

Australia’s Newly Elected Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese Rushed to Meet with Joe Biden in Tokyo After His Election Victory to Fortify Anti-Chinese Alliance

5 April 2022

Updates posted

8 March 2022

New Zealand Increasingly Sucked into Vortex of U.S. Empire under Fake Progressive Leadership of Jacinda Ardern

5 March 2022

Waihopai Domebuster Lost Family Home To Fire: Appeal

18 February 2022

Legislation Likely To Further Expand Surveillance Powers

10 February 2022

Updates posted

24 January 2022

Stuff: Waihopai Protest Cancelled As NZ Moves Into Red

30 November 2021

Newshub Nation: The Waihopai spy base through the decades

23 November 2021

Updates posted

17 November 2021

Waihopai Spy Base Protest Saturday January 29, 2022

13 November 2021

Updates posted

4 November 2021

Peace Researcher - Issue 62 uploaded to website

10 October 2021

Updates posted

12 September 2021

'Webinar: Keep Space For Peace: Rocket Lab Drags NZ Into US Wars

19 August 2021

'STOP Militarisation of Space' Rocket Lab HQ Protest Event Auckland 21 June '21 (Video)

4 August 2021

Updates posted

27 June 2021

ABC’s Submission on 2021 Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill (PDF 137KB)

22 June 2021

Peace Researcher - Issue 61 uploaded to website

19 May 2021

NZ Navy To Join UK Flotilla/Five Eyes Pushback/Spies

26 April 2021

Rocket Lab Updates posted

14 March 2021

Rocket Lab Monitor added to Links page

22 February 2021

Updates posted

10 February 2021

The Urgent Need For Response To The Royal Commission Report On The Christchurch Mosques' Shootings

15 December 2020

Press Release: Abolish GCSB; Close Waihopai Spy Base; Get Out Of Five Eyes

5 November 2020

Peace Researcher - Issue 60 uploaded to website

25 September 2020

Waihopai Spy Base Protest Saturday January 30, 2021

Rocket Lab's New Director ex CIA

15 September 2020

New Video On Menwith Hill. NSA's Largest Overseas Spying Base

6 September 2020

New Video On US Warfighting & Spy Base At Pine Gap

25 July 2020

Updated "Islands Of The Empire" DVD released

17 June 2020

Updates posted

13 June 2020

Peace Researcher - Issue 59 uploaded to website

4 June 2020

Updates posted

29 February 2020

Bomber Diplomacy

14 February 2020

Updates posted

1 February 2020

Waihopai Protest 2020 - Media coverage

6 December 2019

Submission on The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill added to website

17 November 2019

Peace Researcher - Issue 58 uploaded to website

15 September 2019

Updates posted

21 June 2019

News Updates page added to website

16 June 2019

Peace Researcher - Issue 57 uploaded to website

7 May 2019

USAF B52's Wairarapa Flyover: Winston Peters' Letter To ABC Raises More Questions Than Answers

27 March 2019

Bomber Diplomacy: Why Was USAF B-52 Given Permission To Do Wairarapa Air Show Flyover?

12 February 2019

Waihopai Protest 2019: News Coverage

19 December 2018

Thompson & Clark just tip of Spyberg: Let’s Have An Inquiry Into Whole Covert World Of State Spying

11 November 2018

Peace Researcher - Issue 56 uploaded to website

14 June 2018

Peace Researcher - Issue 55 uploaded to website

24 April 2018

ABC leaflet to download. New Zealand Should Not Follow Donald Trump.

This leaflet is written for the general public and ABC wants to to see it distributed far and wide. You can order hard copies from us at abc@chch.planet.org.nz Or you can download it yourself from here and print your own copies. It has two folds and looks best on glossy paper (but that is not essential).

12 April 2018

Demilitarising the Pacific starts at home, Jacinda

12 February 2018

Waihopai Protest 2018: News Coverage

7 November 2017

Peace Researcher - Issue 54 uploaded to website

27 October 2017

Anti-Bases Campaign Has Not Very Great Expectations Of New Government

3 July 2017

Peace Researcher - Issue 53 uploaded to website

ABC's analysis of 2016 Intelligence and Security Bill

Submissions to the Select Committee on the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016. What should we be concerned about? Full details available via our downloadable Adobe Acrobat document (PDF 132KB).