With Wikileaks all set to unravel the secret documents or reports by governments on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), New Zealand has decided to go ahead and make public some 2,000 pages of secret UFO files dating from 1954 to 2009.
The Dominion Post said that the documents contain drawings of flying saucers and alien writings and also witness accounts of UFO sightings.
Many Australian Ufologists were pressing the government to release the documents for over a decade. Suzanne Hansen of UFOCUS, NZ was happy to see the government unfolding the secret papers on its own. I started lobbying, and at first they said there was no way in the foreseeable future they'd be released. It's been a long time coming, she to told the Dominion Post.
Explaining the government stand, New Zealand Air Force spokesman Kavae Tamariki maintained that the military never carried out any probe into the reported UFO sightings. We have just been a collection point for the information. We don't investigate or make reports, we haven't substantiated anything in them, he told the Dominion Post.
The reports, released under freedom of information laws, contain no names but include accounts by individual members, army personnel and commercial airline pilots who claimed to have encountered UFOs, mostly involving objects with moving lights.
The report said files include filming of strange lights in 1978 in Kaikoura town off South Island by commercial pilots, which officials later termed as a natural phenomenon pertaining to lights from boats reflected in clouds.
Even Ben Radford of Discovery News was quite skeptical about the UFO sightings saying not a single person has come forth with hard evidence of extraterrestrials.
New Zealand's move follows the UK's recent release of 6,000 pages of UFO documents. Ufologists are seeking the US to follow suit.