Date: March 1998
Location: Auckland, North Island
Features/characteristics: metallic, airborne vehicle/craft
Duration of sighting 10-20 seconds. Clear blue sky, excellent visibility.
The witness (Police Officer) was walking in a part when a flash or reflection caught his eye. Looking up, he observed a round metallic object stationary, almost directly above him. It was clearly not an aircraft.
The witness stated he watched the object intently, as he knew he may only have limited time to observe it. It was circular and metallic-looking, with three levels or shaped tiers, giving it the appearance of a hat. A large hose-like pipe was trailing from the underside of the object, which reminded the witness of a vacuum cleaner hose pipe.
The object was around the size of a bus or large truck. The witness estimated it hovered some 500 metres above the ground. The object moved off and was lost from view towards the sun’s position in the sky. A member of the public also witnessed the sighting of the object.
At the time of the reporting, the witness stated that although over ten years had passed since the sighting occurred, it has frequently crossed his mind.
Date: Sunday 14 January 2012
Time: 12.25 – 12.55am (approx)
Location: Pukekohe area North Island
Features/characteristics: bright yellow light moving erratically
Fine conditions with mild to moderate cloud cover, westerly wind, starry night, good visibility despite darkness. Duration of sighting 25-30 minutes.
No other aircraft in the sky at the time, or sounds of aircraft.
The witness was standing on his porch after finishing work late. Looking to the west (Pukekohe/Karaka/Patumahoe area), he noticed a bright yellow light, consistent with the size of a bright star, which he gauged to be 10-15 km away.
The light became stationary before moving back in the opposite direction to the west at slow speed. The witness could not hear any sound from the light, as commonly heard from aircraft on flight paths to the west with the wind blowing from that direction.
The light suddenly increased in brightness and then disappeared “as if someone had turned a light switch off.” Note: There was some cloud in the sky at the time.
The witness continued to watch the sky and shortly after the light reappeared, but not as bright as it was previously. He sat on a chair to stabilize body movement, so as to ascertain if the light was moving in relations to his surroundings. The light moved east, became stationary briefly, then moved west at a slower speed over a period of 5 – 10 minutes. The intensity of light remained consistent. The light made another turn and moved slowly south.
After observing the light for a total of 25-30 minutes, the witness saw it “switch off” again (or go behind a cloud).
The witness is familiar with local aircraft flight paths and stated he had never seen an aircraft in that particular direction or area, and had never observed an aircraft move in this manner. The light was moving over a distance at a lower altitude that commercial aircraft on flight paths further northwest.
Ufocus NZ comment: Detailed diagram/map provided by Officer.
Date: Thursday 25th April 2013
Location: Titirangi, Auckland, North Island
Features/characteristics: large orange ball of light passes under aircraft
Clear sky, stars, full moon, and no wind. Duration of sighting 2-3 minutes.
Several witnesses (three adults and children) noticed an A300 jet passing over their house. The reporting witness, a Police Officer, stated the aircraft was lower than they normally are on this flight path, but it is not uncommon. What caught the witness’s attention initially was that the jet was fully lit up, all landing lights under the fuselage were illuminated and they commented they had never seen an aircraft lit up like this before when passing over their house. It did not have its landing gear down as it was climbing in altitude.
The witnesses then noticed a large bright orange light/object heading straight towards the right-hand underside of the aircraft, and it looked as if the two would collide. The orange light/object passed underneath the jet at an estimated altitude of around 500 feet and continued in its easterly direction at a constant speed, while the jet kept climbing. The jet was traveling west to east, having departed Auckland airport, and the light/object was on a more north-westerly to east path.
The orange light/object was intensely bright, and maintained a constant direction and altitude. The reporting witness stated he is used to aircraft from the airport passing overhead and is very familiar with the Eagle helicopter, and knows different aircraft by the distinctive sounds they make. This light/object made no sound. The light/object appeared to be disc shaped, but its brightness made this hard to determine whether it was an orb or disc.
The witness estimated the speed of the light/object to be approximately 50km/hr and it took some time before it passed out of view. After about 3 minutes the light increased in speed and went out of sight over the New Lynn area.
The witness estimated the light/object was approximately 3-4 meters wide, which he estimated by comparing its size against the fuselage of the aircraft. It was larger than a helicopter.
The witness stated: “I keep replaying in my mind why the A30 aircraft was so illuminated at the time, as this was very unusual. I wondered whether this was because the brightness of the object had eliminated the underside of the aircraft, or whether the aircraft had put all its exterior lights on as they had seen the object was nearing them and they were attempting to light up the fuselage so the object would avoid a collusion. The (low) altitude of an aircraft this size also surprised me and I thought maybe it had altered it’s trajectory to avoid a collusion. I do not know, this is just a theory, and I’m still blown away by what we saw.”