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NZ UFO Sighting Report Process Formalised

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:13:00 -0400
Archived: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:13:00 -0400
Subject: NZ UFO Sighting Report Process Formalised

Source: Scoop.co.nz - North Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand


Wednesday, 18 July 2007

UFO Sighting Report Process Formalised

Press Release: THe Commedia Company Aotearoa



18 July 2007

NZ Air Traffic Controller Formalises UFO Sighting Report Process

A formal reporting system and specific guidelines have been
developed for people who observe unidentified flying objects
(UFOs) in New Zealand.

The system provides people with step-by-step advice on how to
document what they saw, the circumstances in which they
experienced the sighting, and if it had an effect on them.

Reporting system developer Mr Graeme Opie, a Hamilton air
traffic controller and pilot, said the reporting program was
created in line with overseas models developed by leading global
UFO researchers and scientists.

Mr Opie, who is a sighting report investigator for the
nationwide UFO Focus New Zealand Research Network (UFOCUS NZ)
states, The system is based on a scientific approach where
witnesses can go to our website (www.ufocusnz.org.nz) and obtain
advice on sighting documentation, and complete a comprehensive
report format.

Essentially, the single most important factor is for a person to
write down and sketch as many details of what they observed as
soon as possible after the event, he said.

Mr Opie said the formal documentation of sightings will enable
more efficient investigation to take place on the subject, which
will lead to more comprehensive research into these intriguing

He said the system was developed following an increase in
sightings and witnesses wanting to know what to do during and
after a UFO sighting.

In the last 12 months, UFOCUS NZ has received 48 reports of
strange objects in New Zealand skies, said Mr Opie.

While some of these reports were explained by natural phenomena
or other conventional causes, the majority could not be
similarly explained, he said.

Mr Opie said his own experience with unidentified flying objects
first took place in 1995 when he was on duty in the Hamilton
Airport control tower.

I sighted a very bright silver object with a sparkling orange

It was travelling extremely fast as it crossed my field of

The event was witnessed by people across the central North
Island as it sped from seaward of Tauranga before disappearing
south of Waitomo in the Waikato, said Mr Opie.

Mr Opie said the sighting resulted in comprehensive
investigations where witness interviews proved conclusively that
the object was not a meteorite or a fireball as proposed by a
spokesperson from the Carter Observatory.

The ATC radar centre also confirmed that there were no aircraft
in the area at that time, he said.

I consider that what I saw from the control tower was a UFO
definitely some form of controlled UFO-type craft of unknown
origin and technology. I just happened to be looking in the
right direction at the right time. I found it most interesting
that it didnt appear on our radar screens.

Mr Opie said New Zealand has a rich history of UFO sightings,
including such renowned events as the Kaikoura lights, the
Ngatea landing site mystery, and the Gisborne UFO flap that took
place in the late 70s, complete with sightings of silver-suited
humanoids in the Waimata Valley.

He said UFOCUS NZ, the organisation which collects material on
UFO sightings, is hosting a first ever International Future
Perspectives Conference on UFOs and related topics, in Rotorua
on September 29 and 30 this year.

Leading international and New Zealand researchers will be
speaking at the conference and responding to participant queries
and experiences, said Mr Opie. The latest research and photos on
UFO sightings in New Zealand and from around the world will also
be shared.

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