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New Zealand witness thinks UFO may have landed

A New Zealand witness at Tauranga Bay of Plenty reported watching a large, glowing object approach swiftly, light up the community and abruptly descend as though landing, according to testimony in Case 74972 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region. (Wikimedia Commons)
Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region. (Wikimedia Commons)

The incident occurred on March 5, 2016, and was reported to MUFON the same day.

“I couldn’t sleep as I had several coffees with friends in the afternoon and so was still wide awake as I lay in bed,” the witness stated. “I noticed a shimmering star changing colors in the distance so went and got my binoculars to look at it more closely.”

The witness thought it was only a star when viewed through the binoculars.

“However as I returned to my bed after putting the binoculars away, my whole room lit up and I thought, ‘What the hell?’ and as I looked out from my two-story window I saw a huge glowing, bright, lime, greenish yellow orb coming up from a southeast direction.”

View over Greater Tauranga, taken from the top of Mauao. (Wikimedia Commons)
View over Greater Tauranga, taken from the top of Mauao. (Wikimedia Commons)

The witness noticed that the object was growing larger and larger as it approached very fast.

“Then inexplicably it suddenly left its horizontal trajectory and without a pause, it changed its direction and descended vertically and slightly sloping trajectory. It descended rapidly and in a peculiar momentum unknown to any other Earthly craft that I have seen descend.”

The witness noticed that as it rapidly descended, the suburb was full of light.

Tauranga harbor. (Wikimedia Commons)
Tauranga harbor. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I lost sight of it and it dropped below the roof lines of neighboring houses. Its descent trajectory would have put it on course with the larger of the lakes a block away from the house. I did not see it ascend even though I sat up for about an hour after the event with binoculars at the ready just in case.”

MUFON International is investigating. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. Most likely was a craft as we have one of our CE5 members in that area and also that was the week before we did our first NZ CE5 training. Ricky Butterfass may have been in the country in Auckland/Coromandel area at that time.. not sure what date he arrived but we sure as hell had a craft on the ground on the 11th March down at Mt Potts Station in the south island with 23 witnesses including Ricky Butterfass as he vectored numerous crafts in over the four days 5 nights that we were all there. We have footage of an awesome lightshow that they put on for us and we also twice were inside a craft as it surrounded us. The first night a craft appeared very soon after our initial request and quickly came down on the riverbed.. a lot of this also witnessed by some passing hunters who were in the wrong place at the wrong time!! As they were poaching at the time they will all have stories to tell that they will have to sit on!! Between our lasers and the crafts amazing light show they sure as hell wont be back. We have video and stills all still coming in from this CE5 event from as far away as Japan as several of their CE5 groups attended the training also.

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