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Date: March 2021
Location: Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, North Island
Features/characteristics: dark disc-shaped object
The witness was working on night shift at the Port of Tauranga in March. He observed a dark circular object pass silently east to west high above the harbour, towards the Te Puna area. It was clearly visible in the semi-light of the evening sky and the witness stated he did not recognize it as a conventional aircraft.
The object was travelling horizontally below a cloud bank, when it came to a discernible halt and changed direction at an acute angle by travelling backwards on its previous path a short distance, before entering the cloudbank and disappearing.
The witness contacted Tauranga Airport, a weather call line, and the Air Force, but stated he was given no explanation. However, Tauranga Airport confirmed the cloud base was at 10,000 ft, so the witness stated if the object entered the cloudbank and was clearly visible prior to this, it must have been a significant size.