Rocket Lab is justifiably elated. Kiwi 3D printed rocket engines are to send stuff to the moon. Their demonstration of technical competence has clearly been noticed. This is also why the company started the launch facility in the US. There are laws against exporting stuff like this. NZ may be in Five Eyes and may host the US jump-off point for Antarctica from Christchurch Airport but there are limits and we are still semi detached members of ANZUS and the Western Alliance because of the Nuclear Free stance. PM Jacinda Ardern has also criticised Trump in the past demonstrating our independent foreign policy.