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Crew Remember the Day UFO Was Spotted Over Kaikōura, New Zealand

December 15, 2018                      (nzherald.co.nz)

• On New Year’s Eve 1978, two pilots (pictured above) and four passengers on a plane flying off the New Zealand’s South Island spotted strange lights in the sky. It was blamed on Venus, or squid boats, or a radar returns from a field of cabbages. The witnesses were shamed and accused of a hoax. It even broke up a marriage.

• On the day of the incident, shortly after takeoff, the pilots noticed strange lights appearing and disappearing over the Kaikōura coastline about 20 miles west. One of the passenger witnesses, David Crockett, says, “Captain Bill Startup shouted to us that we should go to the flight deck immediately as something was happening again.” As they happened to be a television news team video crew, they filmed a rapidly moving, bright white light.

• The plane landed at Christchurch and the pilots asked the news team if they wanted to go back through the area they had traversed. Almost all of them said yea and reboarded. The plane took off at 2.16 am. About three minutes after takeoff, the group saw a bright, round light to the right. The airplane radar showed a target in the same direction about 18 nautical miles.
• They filmed the pulsating, hypnotic light for several minutes as it appeared to travel along with the plane, just outside of the windows. When they turned toward it, the light seemed to react by moving away from the airplane.
• After landing at Woodbourne Airport at about 3am, the group stayed at the two pilots homes in Blenheim. The news reporter among them interviewed the pilots before flying to Melbourne to give the recordings to his boss. The footage featured on prime time news that night and a longer documentary piece screened later.

• The news went around the world and was featured by major news media, including by the Herald and by CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite. The skeptical reaction was immediate. Explanations included that it was Venus, drug runners, light reflected from cabbages or squid boats.

• The New Zealand government ordered an inquiry by the NZ Air Force, which concluded that the sightings could be explained by natural but unusual phenomena.

• Bruce Maccabee, an optical physicist who specialized in laser technology for the US Navy, was flown to New Zealand and Melbourne to interview witnesses. He concluded the event involved unknown objects or phenomena fitting the definition of UFOs. “One would think that the conclusion that several of the sightings involved unidentified objects flying with impunity in the New Zealand air space would have been sufficient to start an even deeper study of the UFOs,” said Maccabee. “But it wasn’t. The sightings were relegated to the dustbin of history.”

[Editor’s Note]   In 1978, the Deep State’s policy of suppression of information and ridicule was in full swing to keep the existence of UFOs and the extraterrestrial presence a highly guarded secret.

 

It was New Year’s Day, 1979, when the world awoke to the news that strange lights had been spotted by six people on a plane off the New Zealand’s South Island.

Was it a UFO? No, said the skeptics. It was Venus, it was squid boats, it was radar returns from a field of cabbages.
But 40 years later, the two pilots and four passengers are adamant it was none of the above and are frustrated at being unable to find answers.

The Herald on Sunday tracked down each member of the group around the world. One is a mango farmer in Hawaii, while another is an 80-year-old newlywed after her royal wedding-themed ceremony at her retirement village the night before Meghan and Harry’s big day.

The case bought instant fame – but no fortune – for some, before bringing shame and anger when they were accused of hoaxing the sighting. It broke up a marriage.

At the end of 1978, Australasia was in the grip of UFO fever. In October, 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait while heading to King Island in Tasmania. Described as a “flying saucer enthusiast”, Valentich informed Melbourne air traffic control he was being accompanied by an unknown aircraft.

Two months later across the Tasman, on December 21, Safe Air pilots Vern Powell and Ian Pirie spotted strange lights while flying from Blenheim to Christchurch.

A producer for Melbourne’s Channel 0 (now Channel 10), Leonard Lee heard the news and tracked down reporter Quentin Fogarty, who worked for the channel but was on holiday with his wife and children in Christchurch, staying at TV One journalist Dennis Grant’s home.

Freelance Wellington cameraman David Crockett was also hired, along with his wife Ngaire, who operated the audio tape recorder.

The group were invited to jump aboard Safe Air’s Blenheim-based Argosy plane, named Merchant Enterprise, late on December 30, which pilots Bill Startup and Bob Guard were taking on a newspaper run between Wellington and Christchurch.

Shortly after takeoff, the pilots noticed strange lights appearing and disappearing over the Kaikōura coastline about 20 miles west.

“While we were filming a standup to camera, Captain Bill Startup shouted to us that we should go to the flight deck immediately as something was happening again,” says David Crockett.

He managed to film a rapidly moving, bright white light.

“With the conversation coming through my headphones from the pilots and radar from Wellington, it all started to get very scary,” says Ngaire Crockett.

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Kiwi Says He Spent Ten Days in An Alien Civilization

by Ben Graham                        November 2, 2018                        (news.com.au)

• In February 1989, Alec Newald was traveling from Rotorua to Auckland in New Zealand. But after driving through a winding, foggy mountain route for what seemed like just a few hours, he arrived in Auckland ten days later.

• As Newald was driving through the mountain road, all of the sudden he felt a great pressure on him like he was being pushed into the seat of the car. “I was paralysed, I couldn’t turn the wheel or apply the brakes or do anything,” Newald recalled as he was zooming down the road at 100km/h towards a cliff face and braced for impact.

• Then Newald woke in a “cavernous” space filled with flashing neon blue lights. He was convinced he was dead, as he believed he was in spirit form and he was experiencing the afterlife. “I’m just like a wispy ghost with no form at all,” he said. “I found I could maneuver myself by moving my consciousness forward or sideways.”

• Surrounded by other “spirit forms”, Newald claims to have felt a “tap on the shoulder”. Looking up, he saw that they were being approached by three physical aliens. The smaller being was a male with a slight build, round head, squinty eyes that set lower on his face than normal, small mouth, and nearly non-existent nose and ears. He walked ahead of two taller beings. Newald could feel the being’s presence, as if his energy was being projected and absorbed by Newald’s etheral body.”

• As Newald moved further, he could see physical objects and buildings emerging. The etheric entities that guided him started to take physical form. They told him to step into a machine, which would “build a body for him” and he saw his body forming beneath him. The aliens were trying to reconstruct themselves so they could exist on earth.

• After ten days, he was put back in his car on his journey, and arrived in Auckland to tell the tale. Government officials visited him wanting to know more about his experiences and the capabilities of this extraterrestrial race. Newald claims to have never taken drugs, and he had never even thought about UFOs before. “The more I tried to share this information the harder my life became,” said Newald. “I was ostracized by people you might have expected support from.” “It became impossible to continue on as before.”

 

It was a normal Monday morning in February 1989 when Alec Newald set off on a three-hour drive to Auckland from Rotorua in New Zealand’s volcanic heart.

However, what the 70-year-old Kiwi claims to have experienced on that journey changed his perception of the universe forever.

Mr Newald says he was taken by extraterrestrials to an advanced civilisation and stayed there for 10 days.

After passing through a winding, foggy mountain route, he arrived in Auckland feeling tired and confused.

Alec Newald

However, he was even more confused to learn that Monday was now Thursday — 10 days later — and he had no idea how he had lost those days.

In a talk at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club in Sydney’s west this Saturday, Mr Newald will reveal exactly what he believes happened in those days — claiming his experience with the “friendly beings” has “profound implications for all of us here on earth”.

Authoring a book called Co-Evolution and talking to global UFO media outlets since his experience in 1989, the Kiwi has set out what he experienced.

Speaking on American UFO and paranormal radio show As You Wish talk radio, he recalled the moment he was “plucked” from that winding mountain road.

“I was like what the hell is going on here?” he said. “I was driving the car and it felt like a tonne of bricks had landed on me, like someone had poured cement on me. I felt like I was pushed into the seat of that car.

“I was paralysed, I couldn’t turn the wheel or apply the brakes or do anything.”
He says he was zooming down the road at 100km/h towards a cliff face at the time and he braced for the impact.

Then he said he woke in a “cavernous” space filled with flashing neon blue lights. He was convinced he was dead, as he believed he was in spirit form and he was experiencing the afterlife.

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UFOs Around the World: New Zealand

by Robbie Graham                    September 29, 2018                      (mysteriousuniverse.org)

• In this installment of ‘UFOs Around the World’, Robbie Graham visits New Zealand to talk to author and founder of the UFOCUS NZ Research Network (for UFO sightings), Suzy Hansen, and Harvard professor Dr. Rudy Schild. UFOCUS NZ is currently the only active UFO sighting investigation and research group in New Zealand.

• In addition to herself, Hansen says that the most active and prominent New Zealander researchers were Fred and Phyllis Dickeson, Harold Fulton, Harvey Cooke, and currently, the Dickeson’s son Bryan Dickeson. The Dickesons were former NZ Air Force personnel who worked tirelessly to publicize UFO sighting investigation data, established nationwide discussion groups and published the UFO magazines Satcu and Xenolog. Bryan continued to investigate UFO sightings in the 70’s and 80’s. Bryan has recently digitized some 6,500 New Zealand UFO sightings from his parents’ research material for the UFOCUS NZ’s website.

• Hansen considers the Kaikoura Lights sightings of 1978/79 as the most compelling of NZ sightings. These anomalous lights were seen by pilots, filmed, and recorded by Wellington Airport radar, although the NZ government and mainstream scientists tried to debunk the incident. The 16mm film was sold to a media company in the US, never to be seen again.

• While the NZ government refrains from official comment on UFOs, the NZ Prime Minister and many governmental departments did investigate the Kaikoura Lights. There was an official UFO investigative unit within the government until 1976, but it was ended when the government declared that UFOs posed no military threat. But whenever they did investigate an incident, they told witnesses that if they went to the media the government would deny any knowledge.

• The New Zealand Government and Ministry of Defence have largely taken their lead from the US, Australia, and British governments in terms of limited transparency and information on UFOs. In 2009, the New Zealand Chief of Defence Force, Lt Gen Jerry Maeparae informed Hansen that two Defence officers had been assigned “the task of assessing classified files in relation to this topic, with a view of the classification”. Most government and military UFO reports remain classified, however.

• The most prolific UFO sightings occurred in the Gisborne/East Cape area of the North Island during what came to be known as the ‘Gisborne UFO flap’ of 1977 to 1980. Hansen notes that a significant number of UFO sightings were reported beginning just 10 days before the massive Christchurch earthquake in 2011, and continuing through to several weeks after the after-shocks had settled down.

• After 44 years of UFO research investigating hundreds of sightings and thousands of witnesses, Hansen believes that many of these UFO incidents occurred for a reason or purpose controlled by the occupants of the UFOs themselves. Science is now validating the physics behind UFOs, and of course we now know there are plenty of habitable planets out there with similar attributes to Earth. Hansen says that it is only a matter of time until we truly understand why we’ve been visited for centuries by other beings.

 

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be conducting interviews with leading UFO researchers from countries around the world in an effort to paint a picture of global UFOlogy today.

This week, our global UFO trek takes us to New Zealand, and to Suzy Hansen, an author, researcher, experiencer, and former professional educationist. Suzy is the author of The Dual Soul Connection: The Alien Agenda for Human Advancement, with contributions by Dr. Rudy Schild, Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics, Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA.

Suzy is also the founding Director of the UFOCUS NZ Research Network(NZ UFO sightings), and coordinator of Communicator Link (advocacy & support for experiencers/abductees). She was instrumental in lobbying for the release of the NZ MoD UFO Files in 2010/11. She has been lecturing internationally for more than 20 years and has featured in numerous interviews, articles and documentaries.

                     Suzy Hansen

RG: Who have been the defining figures in New Zealand UFOlogy over the past 70 years (for better or for worse), and why?

SH: The most active and prominent researchers in my opinion were Fred and Phyllis Dickeson, Harold Fulton, Harvey Cooke (all gone now), and currently, the Dickeson’s son Bryan and I guess—myself!
The Dickesons were former NZ air force personnel who worked tirelessly to publicise UFO sighting investigation data. They established nationwide discussion groups and published the UFO magazines Satcu and Xenolog. They also hosted well-known UFO personalities to NZ, including author Erich von Daniken and contactee George Adamski.

Bryan Dickeson investigated UFO sightings throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, and spoke at early New Zealand UFO conferences. He is also a trained regression therapist and investigated New Zealand’s first publicised abduction experience. Bryan now resides in Australia and has contributed significantly to Australia’s UFO research too. He has recently digitised some 6,500 New Zealand UFO sightings from his parents’ research material, which will soon be available to the public on UFOCUS NZ’s website.

The late Harold Fulton was also ex-air force and investigated some of New Zealand’s most significant UFO events along with the other researchers I have mentioned. His focus was on aviation sightings and his data was meticulous and scientific.

The late Harvey Cooke was perhaps the “Mr Personality” of UFO research here, and, although he never had a UFO sighting himself, his passion and enthusiasm for the subject was endless. Harvey contributed significantly through TV and radio interviews, organising conferences, and he ran one of the world’s longest-standing UFO groups for 55 years. His memory for names and dates was legendary.

RG: What do you consider to be the most compelling NZ UFO incident on record, and why?

SH: Without a doubt, the Kaikoura Lights sightings of 1978/79 are the most renowned NZ sightings. The two main sightings that occurred in December 1978/79 were captured on film, seen visually by pilots and a film crew onboard one of the flights, and appeared on Wellington Airport radar and the radar of the two Argosy aircraft involved. These anomalous lights were observed by many members of the public as well over a period of weeks.

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