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Northern NZ Skies Awash With Mystery Sightings

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 12:05:05 -0400
Archived: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 12:05:05 -0400
Subject: Northern NZ Skies Awash With Mystery Sightings

Source: Stuff.Co.Nz - Wellington, New Zealand


Thursday, 6 September 2007

Northern Skies Awash With Mystery Sightings
By Richard Edmondson - The Bay Chronicle

A man who photographed a mysterious object over the Tasman Sea
near Kaitaia in April wasn't alone in seeing something strange
in the sky.

Ninety Mile Beach Surfcasting Club members Ann Hallett and her
brother Mike Scott were driving to a club function at Ahipara on
April 28 when they noticed a 'mirror bright' light in the sky.

"We were coming into Wainui Junction and there it was in the
centre of the windscreen," says Ann of the oval-shaped object
they first saw at about 5.40pm.

"I said to my brother, what the hell is that?"

They told other club members about the object when they arrived
at the function.

The half a dozen people who saw it said it was just the evening

Ann and Mike estimate they watched the object head towards the
western horizon for 5-6 minutes before it disappeared.

The Sunday of the following week, Ann and Mike were fishing off
Ninety Mile Beach, north of Ahipara, when they saw and
photographed a bright smoke trail in the sky at about 5.15pm.

"At first, we thought it was a cloud, but it was moving," says
Mike of the object which appeared as the sun was setting.

They did not think the object could be the contrail of a plane
because they had never seen one heading in that direction, at
that time of day, in the years they had been fishing at the

"Whatever it was, I've never seen anything like it," says Ann.

Two other people have contacted The Northern News to report
similar sightings around April 28.

An Opononi couple saw a bright, vertical line above the western
horizon one evening as the sun was setting.

An Ahipara man saw a bright object with a tail, which shortened
in length as it got closer to the horizon, on at least two

The man, who watched the object through a telescope for about 10
minutes, says he hasn't seen similar objects in the sky since.

UFO Focus New Zealand member and air traffic controller at
Hamilton Airport, Graeme Opie, has studied Ms Hallett's photos
and concluded the object is likely to be the contrail of an

UFOCUS coordinator Suzy Hansen is not commenting on whether the
object photographed on April 28 is more likely to be a contrail,
given the later sighting of a contrail in the same area at the
same time of evening.

The two sightings are separate events, she says appealing to
others who saw the bright light in April to contact the group
with information.

United States UFO specialist Dr Bruce Maccabee has told the
group the object photographed in April could be a contrail
viewed end on.

Photos of the object on the UFOCUS website show two vapour
trail-like objects which change shape and converge during the
three minutes the photos were taken.

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