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Candidate to the Post of Member of the RRB (Radio Regulations Board)
Ian Rex HUTCHINGS, New Zealand



Nationality New Zealand

24 January 1947
Wellington, New Zealand

Qualifications BE (Hons), MIPENZ
Marital status Married, with two adult children


Ian HUTCHINGS has been involved directly in the management and use of the radio frequency spectrum for nearly three decades. He has both practical experience as a technician, as well as professional engineering experience, in management of the radio spectrum. He has participated in numerous World Radiocommunication Conferences, ITU-R Study Groups and other special meetings, as well as meetings of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity.
He is well able to meet the ITU Constitution requirement of being “thoroughly experienced in the field of Radiocommunications and possessing practical experience in the assignment and utilisation of frequencies” [ITU Constitution CS 93]


  • New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Telecommunications), 1969

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Canterbury New Zealand, 1973


Ian HUTCHINGS trained as a radio technician with the then New Zealand Post Office, with responsibilities for installation and maintenance of a variety of radio installations using MF, HF, VHF, and microwave frequency bands. He was then selected to study for an engineering degree and gained a broad exposure to telecommunications systems as a professional engineer. However he soon moved back to a more direct role in radio systems development and management of the radio frequency spectrum.

During the restructuring of the Post Office into separate business activities Ian developed the organisation and approvals necessary for a national radio spectrum management function which now operates as a part of the Ministry of Economic Development.

Ian HUTCHINGS, as Manager, Radio Spectrum Policy, managed the development of new legislative proposals to ensure that the spectrum within New Zealand was accessed and used in an efficient and effective manner to meet the needs of all users. He has attended numbers of international meetings, both in the ITU and within the Asia Pacific Telecommunity, and has contributed through chairing several working groups and WARC Conference Committees.

Ian HUTCHINGS is currently employed in the Radio Spectrum Policy and Planning Group in the Ministry of Economic Development. He provides policy and technical advice to Government concerning the use of the radio frequency spectrum. Recent activities have included policies for allocation spectrum for “3G” cellular services, renewal of long term radio frequency licences in 2010, development of policies for a New Zealand based satellite system, recently announced policies for introduction of digital television services (terrestrial and satellite) and the optimum utilisation of the frequency bands used for broadcasting within New Zealand.



Ian HUTCHINGS is married and has two adult children. He enjoys outdoor activities, including walking, skiing, and four wheel drive trips. He has been an elected Councillor on the Wellington City Council for 12 years until 2004, chairing the Finance, Transport and Infrastructure committees. He enjoys travel and learning how to improve and innovate from the experiences of others.

ITU and APT participation

In most of the meetings identified, Ian HUTCHINGS has been the Head of the New Zealand Delegation.

  • World Administrative Radio Conferences: 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1992 (Chair, Frequency Allocation Committee).

  • ITU Voluntary Group of Experts on Simplification of the Radio Regulations (Vice Chair) 1990 1995

  • World Radiocommunications Conference: 1995, 2003

  • Plenipotentiary Conferences 1989, 1992, 1994, 2002, and 2006.

  • Asia Pacific Telecommunity: Management Committee and General Assembly, as well as Wireless Forum (AWF) meetings and specific preparatory meetings.

  • ITU-R study groups, (formerly CCIR) and associated Plenary Assemblies and Radiocommunications Assemblies over several years.



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