In the past week a private NZ company, bought us into the space exploration fold with the tentative launch of Atea-1 a five metre long, dual stage rocket. It may not have had the exposure that so many other launches seem to attract, but for me it was just as exciting for it was something happening in my own backyard. 

I was up early the morning of the launch full of enthusiasm,  to see what was going to happen and I was not disappointed, even though there was a slight delay in the launch due to part failure. The problem was rectified by a helicopter ride to buy a part worth around 3 dollars.

The rocket performed very well and even though the payload was not recovered, I am sure the next launch will go just as flawlessly. 

I have included a link to rocketlabs