New Zealand Releases UFO Files
Over 2000 Pages of Files were Released of UFO Reports

  December 23, 2010
New Zealand Releases UFO Files - Over 2000 Pages of Files were Released of UFO Reports

The New Zealand military has released hundreds of reports (over 2000 pages of files) about UFO sightings and alien encounters.

These reports date back as far as the early 1950s and the evidence ranges from interesting to extremely strange.

Although the files were not due for publication until the year 2050, they were released early after multiple requests under the freedom of information laws.

Some of the accounts include drawings of unidentified flying objects, descriptions of aliens wearing some sort of "pharaoh masks" and alleged examples of extraterrestrial writing.

Even one report was of an alien that had feet which were around size 440 shoes. Apparently the alien told the man who reported the sighting that on death, man ascends to space as hydrogen atoms. 'You will remain in hydrogen form for 150 years. Then it will change to sodium,' the alien reportedly said.

The files include communications about New Zealand's most famous UFO footage which was filmed 32 years ago. A mysterious light near the Kaikoura Coast filmed by a TVNZ camera crew. The Kaikoura lights is a name given by the New Zealand media to a series of sightings that occurred in December 1978, over the skies above the Kaikoura mountain ranges of the northeastern South Island of New Zealand.

The first sightings were made on December 21st when the crew of a Safe Air Ltd cargo aircraft began observing a series of strange lights around their Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy aircraft, which tracked along with their aircraft for several minutes before disappearing and then reappearing elsewhere. The pilots described some of the lights to be the size of a house and others small but flashing brilliantly.

The world famous ‘Kaikoura Lights’ sightings
of December 1978

These objects appeared on the air traffic controller radar in Wellington and also on the aircraft's on-board radar.

The objects were also seen by hundreds of people on the ground. On December 30th, 1978, a television crew from Australia recorded background film for a network show on interviews about the sightings.

For many minutes at a time on the flight to Christchurch, unidentified lights were observed by five people on the flight deck, were tracked by Wellington Air Traffic Controllers, and filmed in color by the television crew.

One object reportedly followed the aircraft almost until landing. The cargo plane then took off again with the television crew still on board, heading for Blenheim. 

When the aircraft reached about 2000 feet, it encountered a gigantic lighted orb, which fell into station off the wing tip and tracked along with the cargo aircraft for almost quarter of an hour, while being filmed, watched, tracked on the aircraft radar and described on a tape recording made by the TV film crew.

Following the sightings, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the police and the Carter Observatory in Wellington cooperated in an investigation, the results of which were stamped Top Secret and lodged in the National Archives in Wellington. The New Zealand Ministry of Defence attributed the sightings to lights from squid boats reflected off clouds, unburned meteors, or lights from the planet Venus or trains and cars.

All the original documents on which the reports were based are to remain sealed in the national archive.

New Zealand Releases Nearly 60 Years of Classified UFO Files‎

Files just released by New Zealand's air force have revealed dozens of suspected UFO (unidentified flying object) sightings.

They have been declassified under the country's Freedom of Information Act, and include some fairly outlandish accounts by so-called eyewitnesses.

Al Jazeera's Suranjana Tewari reports.

(Dec 23rd, 2010)

Kaikoura UFO

It has been almost 30 years since unidentified flying objects were observed off the coast of Kaikoura during the Christmas/New Year break of 1978.

The sightings are to be marked soon with a commemorative flight, a gathering of enthusiasts and even a musical. At the time, news of the sightings was reported worldwide and to this day they remain a huge source of controversy.

But the remarkable thing about the sightings is whatever was flying around that night was not just observed, it showed up on radar too and was caught on film.

It is one of New Zealand's biggest mysteries and one of the world's best documented sightings of a UFO.

"The most important thing I think about his story is that even to this day, the flight crew and the air traffic controllers are adamant that we saw something highly unusual that can't be explained in mundane terms," says journalist Quentin Fogarty. "Now, 30 years later, they still believe that."

Mr Fogarty was the reporter, with a news crew, that filmed the UFOs on an Argosy freight plane the night of the December 30th, 1978.