New Zealand UFO/UAP Sightings 2007
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The extent of our investigation and analysis of sighting reports is dependent upon the data received, and the length of time elapsed between the sighting event and the receipt of a report. If applicable, additional comments are made at the bottom of a report.
Date: Monday 31 December 2007
Time: 2.59 pm
Location: Lanes Dam, Alexandra, South Island
Features/characteristics: grey cigar-shaped object
A family was taking photographs near Lanes Dam, south southwest of Alexandra. The sky was clear with some distant clouds over the Old Man Range. Three photos were taken by one of the witnesses looking towards the obelisk (mast) on the ranges. None of the witnesses saw or heard any aircraft during the time spent at the dam.
The first photo was taken at 2.59.34 pm and showed two people sitting near trees by a dam. There were no anomalies apparent in the sky, however, with magnification, 2 small silver-grey orb-like or spherical objects can be seen in the sky in the photo.
The second photo was taken 2 seconds later at 2.59.36 pm. A grey cigar-shaped object could now be seen in the sky to the rear of the pine trees, at right of the people.
On further examination and magnification of the photo, the two small orb-like or spherical objects can also be seen in the sky to the left and far left of the larger object. The shadows/sunlight on the objects, the people and other features in the photo are all consistent with the position of the sun. The three objects appear to be moving from right to left across the field of view of the camera, with the 2 small objects preceding the larger object.
The third photo was taken 2 seconds later at 2.59.38 pm. Using magnification, a small spherical object can be seen above a pine tree.
ATC confirms there were no aircraft in the area at the time the photos were taken.
Date: Friday 28 December 2007
Time: 10.45 pm
Location: Whakatane, North Island
Features/characteristics: pale orange light rapidly ascending
The sighting lasted approx. 3 minutes. Clear sky – the moon had not yet risen.
The three observers were looking east and seaward over Kohi Point in the direction of Ohope or East Cape. They observed a bright pale-orange light (rather like the colour of orange sodium streetlights) that looked bigger than a bright planet like Venus. The light appeared high in the sky and stationary at first, before then moving suddenly to the left and then rapidly descending until lost from view. They described the speed at which it moved as faster than a plane and a vertical descent.
One of the observers has seen unusual lights in the sky on two previous occasions in the Whakatane area and reported them to the local radio station. He stated, “Once is a mystery, twice is a curiosity, three times is an anomaly. I would encourage others to report their sightings.”
Date: 24 November 2007
Time: Approx 8 pm
Location: Orewa, Hibiscus Coast, North Island
Features/characteristics: three orange lights enter cloud bank
The duration of the sighting was approximately 2 minutes. The sky was clear over land, but partially cloudy out over the sea. There were no visible stars or planets that could be confused with the lights observed.
At around 8 p.m. in the evening, a witness sighted three orange lights, travelling in a constant horizontal formation. The lights were travelling over Orewa, from west to east, heading out over the sea (roughly from Silverdale towards Great Barrier Island). The lights were quite large.
The witness observed the lights travelling at a constant speed, out over the sea and below cloud level. The light on the left of the formation suddenly ‘zig-zagged’ away at high speed, and was rapidly lost from view. The two remaining lights maintained a constant speed and formation, and eventually disappeared into a cloud bank. The witness described the orange lights as very clearly defined, rather than radiant.
The witness stated that it was a very quiet evening, and that there was absolutely no sound associated with these lights passing overhead and out to sea. He commented that he can usually hear planes at high altitude, passing overhead en route to Norfolk Island, however there were no other lights associated with these orange lights that would indicate that they were aircraft.
Date: Wednesday 14 November 2007
Time: 9.50 pm
Location: Cromwell, South Island
Features/characteristics: bright light executes acute-angled turn
The duration of the sighting was less than 2 minutes. There were a few stars in the sky, with clear weather and a south-southeast wind.
Four witnesses observed a bright light in the sky above old Cromwell, heading north-east. It was higher in altitude than the domestic aircraft flights that they observe passing over Cromwell to and from Queenstown.
The witness stated, “The average plane that flies over Cromwell can be seen for at least 5-6 minutes before they are out of sight. The UFO we saw was in view for less than 2 minutes. It moved pretty fast.”
The light seemed to appear in the sky moving from west to east, then suddenly changed course to north-east at an acute angle. The observers estimated that it was approx 1000-2000 metres away in the sky, although the distance was hard to judge. They attempted to film the light with a digital camera, but its movement was too quick. The light suddenly accelerated upwards in the atmosphere in less than 5 seconds, and rapidly diminished and disappeared.
Date: Saturday 22 September 2007
Time: Between 7 pm and 7.03 pm
Location: Urenui, Taranaki, North Island
Features/characteristics: two bright oblong lights
Two sightings occurred over the duration of several minutes. There was good visibility with some light cloud in very small patches, with a westerly wind.
The witnesses spend a lot of time outdoors and are familiar with the appearance of the sky: stars, constellations, satellites, meteorites etc. These lights/objects did not resemble any of these.
The witnesses, a husband and wife, were out on their property in a valley in a back country basin cutting tracks and they had just returned to their camp hut. They were approximately 100 yards south east of the Tuahu trig.
The husband observed an intensely bright oblong light in the sky traveling from south to north. He called his wife, and they both observed a second identical light travelling on the same flight path about 3 thousand yards behind the first, with the same constant speed, similar to that of a helicopter. The bright lights were relatively close to the observers at a low altitude estimated by the observers to be under 2000 yards. The most unusual factor of the flight of these lights was that they were completely silent.
“As other (domestic) flights go over, we can hear their engines, even at extreme ranges.”
The light or glow emitted by these objects was described by the witnesses as ‘odd’ – they glowed a bright white/yellow, the intensity of which remained constant when viewed from other angles as the object crossed the sky.
A few minutes after the sighting, they observed the Wellington/Auckland domestic flight fly over at a higher altitude. The objects/lights sighted traveled east of the domestic plane’s flight path. The bright lights were lost from view as they both passed over a ridge. The observers used 10×42 Leica binoculars to observe the lights.
The witnesses stated, “The lights were very big (in comparison to stars) – the light intensity being many times greater than the light of the domestic flight.”
Date: Saturday 15 September 2007
Location: Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island
Features/characteristics: ‘faceted’ object; daytime sighting
The day was fine and sunny with a few clouds. A witness was looking to the southwest of Whitianga, towards Coroglen, when he noticed an unusual object in the sky. It was a peculiar shape and was moving at about twice the speed of a Cesna aircraft. There was no sound associated with the sighting.
The front or leading side of the object was not very long, and was described as being like a ‘nose cone’, but it was not smooth and rounded like that of an aircraft. The witness described it as, “grey, stubby and jagged – like a giant piece of flying coal! The whole front of it appeared faceted like the faceted cuts of a precious stone.”
The object flew on a smooth and steady path northeast towards the witness’s position in the township. He observed the object fly into a small cloud and expected it to emerge again in a second or two. The witness waited several minutes and intently watched the cloud, however the object never emerged from it. The witness was bewildered by this event. He went inside and tried to draw the unusual object, however he found it impossible to satisfactorily recreate the unusual faceted appearance of it.
Date: Friday 13 July 2007
Time: approx 10.15 pm
Location: Levin, Horowhenua, North Island
Features/characteristics: bright light performs series of ‘drops’
The night was ‘crystal clear’ with some stars in the sky.
The witnesses, a farmer and his wife, observed an unusual, extremely bright light in the sky over the Tararua Ranges. The light was observed for around an hour and a half, during which time it made erratic movements between periods of remaining stationary. It was observed through binoculars and with the naked eye.
During a 1 ½ hour period, it was seen to move erratically up and down, and periodically from side to side, or it was stationary. It moved briefly from the southwest in a northerly direction. At one point it was observed to ascend vertically high into the sky, and then to perform a series of distinct ‘drops’ before becoming stationary again. The observers went inside or out into a paddock briefly a couple of times during this period of time, but the light was still there on their return. The couple observed very distinct periods of changes in the colour of the light – vivid green, vivid red/orange, and bright white.
There were no helicopters or aircraft visible in the sky during the sighting. The couple rang the Levin police and the Carter Observatory, but did not receive any explanation from either as to what the object could be.
Date: Thursday 12 July 2007
Time: 12.30 pm
Location: Remuera, Auckland, North Island
Features/characteristics: bright light executes sharp turn
The sighting lasted approximately 20 seconds. Some clouds, with very good visibility with strong, gusty SE wind.
The observer, a roofing contractor, was lying across the seat of his truck having a rest after lunch, and was looking at the sky to the NE. A bright light came into view from the right of the area viewed and moved across the sky from south to north at about 50-60 degrees above the horizon. His first impression was that this was sunlight reflecting off an aircraft, given the position of the sun. However as the light moved across the sky, the intensity of the light did not alter so the observer sat up and watched the light more closely. He describes it as being, “very bright – say twice as bright as Venus.” The sun was above and behind the object.
As it passed near to a small cloud, a short-lived contrail formed on the trailing edge of the light, similar to what forms off an aircraft wing in humid conditions. The light then passed near to a larger adjacent cloud and made a sharp turn and disappeared from sight. The observer’s impression at the time was that the light had extinguished, as the cloud was too thin to ‘hide’ in. He continued watching the area around the cloud for 2 to 3 minutes but saw nothing else.
The witness states that he is an aviation enthusiast and has been watching aircraft in flight for decades. He also observes sky and weather conditions frequently during his working day. Given that the light made an impossibly sharp turn (not possible for a conventional aircraft), he believes that it was not an aircraft.
Date: Saturday 28 April 2007
Time: 5.42 pm (sunset)
Location: Ahipara Beach, Northland, North Island
Features/characteristics: photos of anomalous glowing saucer-shaped object
Duration of sighting approx. 4 mins 30 secs.
After watching the progressing sunset, the witness was in his car ready to leave the beach, when he noticed a bright, white light in the sky with a short blurry tail behind it. The light was moving very slowly in a northerly direction (away from the observer, and slightly to the right in his field of vision).
He quickly got out his camera to get a closer view, to ascertain whether it could be a bright star or planet (there were no other stars visible in the sky). Using the zoom setting he saw that the unusual light or object appeared oval in shape. He observed it for approximately 4 ½ minutes during which time he took a series of eight photos. The witness did not hear any sound.
The witness sighted the object very close to the time that the sun set over the headland. There was still some light in the sky, and the moon was rising in the east at the time of the sighting. The object is certainly not a cloud. Carter Observatory has confirmed exact sunset time in relation to the time the photos were taken.
The photos were taken using a Sony digital camera, model DSC-F828. When the witness viewed the photos on his computer, he saw distinct images. The object’s shape or angle of movement appeared to alter slightly as it moved further away, as seen in each photo, although the movement was almost imperceptible to the witness at the time of sighting.
The photos have been examined by an overseas optical data analyst who noted that the shapes in the images are most unusual, and could possibly be consistent with a jet contrail viewed ‘end on’.
However ATC has confirmed there were no scheduled flights in that area at that time. ATC has stated that if it were a contrail, they would expect to see consistency of shape from both trails, and a ‘flow-off’ similar to a cirrus cloud, if blown by winds. The shapes in the photographs are compact.
The analyst stated that although the object or shape appeared to be moving slowly from the witness’s point of view, the object could have been traveling rapidly but seen from the rear, its speed was not apparent. He also stated that while the object did not display flight characteristics at the time of photographing that would necessarily distinguish it as a ‘craft’ of unknown origin, the shape of the image certainly suggests a circular ‘something’ with a dome-like top.
Both Ufocus NZ and the analyst agree that no firm conclusion can been reached as to what this strange object is at present, and it is classified as an unusual aerial phenomenon (UAP).
However, following enquiries and media articles on the sighting, Ufocus NZ received sighting reports from two other people who were fishing at Ahipara Beach on the same day as this sighting (April 28), who also observed and photographed the light. They stated they arrived at local Fishing Club premises to attend a meeting just before dusk. As they came over the rise near the clubrooms, they were confronted by an unusual sight out in front of them over the sea. They observed an oval silver-grey object in close to shore, which was moving away from them and giving off a glow or light. As the object moved away, it appeared as a large light in the sky. The two witnesses went into the clubrooms and asked other members of the fishing club to come out and look at the light as it receded into the distance. At around this time, the original witness would have been taking his photos of the light.
The second two witnesses also observed what they believe to be the same, or a similar object a week later at a place called Lone Pine, north of Ahipara. They have film (not digital) that clearly shows the object.
Ufocus NZ was approached by an amateur astronomer who claimed the light would have been Venus rising, however Ufocus NZ had already investigated and discounted this possibility, and the astronomer later concurred with this.
More witnesses came forward with daylight photos of an object leaving a trail in the sky. There were no scheduled flights on that route or in that area at that time.