Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or, is it a spaceship? Whatever it is, it appears unidentified flying objects are on the rise.
Since 2000, there have been 13 UFO sightings reported to the Civil Aviation Authority, with three this year. Despite quite colourful initial reports, including one "with flames coming out of it" above Kimbolton in 2009, the CAA decided in all 13 sighting that there was not sufficient information to warrant formally investigating.
Ufocus NZ Research Network director Suzanne Hansen said most sightings were in the North Island, particularly around the Bay of Plenty.
"It's gone quite crazy in about the last three years. There's been a significant increase in the amount of people reporting UFOs to us and the quality of the sightings," she said.
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