Whilst high power laser pointers are an incredibly useful tool for teaching astronomy, they are also potentially very dangerous, both directly, in terms of damage to vision from direct viewing, and indirectly as a hazard to vehicle, machinery and aircraft operators who may be dazzled, flash blinded or otherwise distracted leading to a risk of accident.
In New Zealand, the importation and supply of laser pointers >1mw is stricly controlled by law. It's also an offence to be caught in possession of a laser pointer in public without a reasonable reason for carrying it. As astronomers we fully support the introduction of regulations to laser pointers in order to provide a safe environment. We also appreciate the understanding of the governement on the importance of the laser pointer as a tool for teaching.
Astronz has been authorised by the Director-General of Health to supply high power laser pointers in New Zealand. Our legal obligations as a supplier require us to ensure that we only supply laser pointers to persons who have the correct authorisation from the Ministry of Health. In order to meet these obligations, Astronz requires customers who wish to purchase laser pointer products to register their details and provide appropriate evidence to support the fact that they are authorised to recieve or acquire laser pointers under the NZ legislation.