The above was recorded over Christchurch and is labeled a “UFO”

A brightly coloured sphere filmed in the night sky near Christchurch this week joins a tradition, of mysterious objects seen in Kiwi skies, stretching back at least a century.

Oisin Lavelle reported seeing and filming one sphere on Monday night and seeing three on Tuesday night. He watched the Monday night sphere for two hours before it sped away amid bursts of bright orange light.

His experience is one shared by many New Zealanders over the years.

No doubt.  We also have our share of people with abduction experiences.

These days UFO sightings in this country are catalogued and listed by UFocus NZ which was set up in 2000 by Suzanne Hansen, who had her own unexplained experience on the road north of Gisborne late one night in 1978. With her husband, she was high up in the hills between Tologa Bay and Tokomaru Bay.

As they came over the brow of a hill, the bottom of the valley ahead was out of sight but the valley itself was bathed in a bright, white light, brighter than sunlight. The car stalled and Hansen started to notice her arms and legs feeling numb and tingly, she heard a deep buzzing and felt dizzy. Her next memory was of staring out the front window of the car. The light had gone.

A higher profile Kiwi with a fascination for UFOs was Captain Bruce Cathie who, like Rainbow, was a pilot for NAC. Cathie talked about his life changing dramatically in 1952 when he saw his first UFO. It was hovering over the Manukau Harbour and had an intensely brilliant white light. A smaller glowing red light was some distance from it. He and other witnesses were held spellbound as it went through a series of manoeuvres for 20 minutes before it disappeared straight up into the sky.

Cathie went on to write several books and came up with a theory that a grid-like energy pattern covers the earth. He argued that the grid was the power source for UFOs, and had the power to control or cause nuclear-based events.

The Internet is literally filled to the brim with these stories.

Still, something got photographed.   What was it?


– Stuff

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