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NZ Defence Wants UFOs Off Its Radar

From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:18:53 +0200
Archived: Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:39:22 -0500
Subject: NZ Defence Wants UFOs Off Its Radar


Source: The Dominion Post - Auckland, New Zealand



Defence Wants UFOs Off Its Radar

Michelle Duff

Spotted a bird, a plane or a UFO lately? Then the New Zealand
Defence Force doesn't want to know about it.

The most recent instalment of previously classified UFO files
were made public yesterday - and within the documents, former
chief of defence Jerry Mateparae makes it quite clear the
military has no time for little green men.

"The NZDF does not have any expertise or role in respect of...
'flying saucer' matters, nor is it qualified to address
questions on the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial
lifeforms", he writes in a staff guide from October 2009.

"The NZDF believes that rational explanations, just as aircraft
lights or natural phenomena, could be found for [unusual aerial
sightings] if resources were diverted for this purpose but...
it would be inappropriate use of defence resources."

All UFO reports should be referred to police, he said.

Meanwhile, a blue-tinted light racing across the North Island's
night sky on Tuesday was definitely not a UFO. It has been
identified by the Carter Observatory as an exploding meteor -
one that could have been as big as a desk.

Witnesses were treated to a dramatic light shower after the
meteor exploded 80km above Auckland. Some described the light as
"several times brighter than daylight with a definite blue
tint", and "like a firework", while a Raglan resident reported a
sonic boom that "awoke the dog and nearby birds".

This was not an unusual occurrence, the observatory said,
estimating it happened once every three years.

More than 2000 pages of Defence Force files, containing every
UFO report since the early 1950s - including the 1978 Kaikoura
lights mystery - were made public in December. The most recent
files, dating from 2009, contain news articles and Official
Information Act requests from the public and media.

There is one reported sighting, of a wingless object appearing
to have "magnetic media emitting from the ends", spotted flying
over the Kapiti Coast last May. The Otaki witness informed the
Defence Force he had submitted the photo to an expert analyst in
the United States, and would keep it in the loop.

The files also show repeated requests by citizen investigators
group UFOCUS for access to the Defence Force documents. In a
2009 letter, director Suzanne Hansen expresses her concern at
the "marked increase" in UFO sightings around New Zealand.

Her organisation was receiving credible reports from farmers,
hunters, logging contractors and scientists, which continued to
"defy logical explanations"and fit with worldwide trends showing
sightings were on the rise, she said.

Ms Hansen offered to meet the Defence Force to discuss UFO
phenomena. This offer went unacknowledged by Lieutenant General
Mateparae when he replied to Ms Hansen a year later, assuring
her the files were being declassified.

Before their release last year, he wrote to alert many of the
agencies that had dealt with UFO sightings over the years - such
as Internal Affairs, the Civil Aviation Authority, Metservice
and Carter Observatory. "While most correspondents were
remarkably restrained in their comments (given a degree of
skepticism about the subject)", he warned that some material
could still "give rise to minor embarrassment".


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