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Details of Sighting

Date 30th July 1959 Time 9:40PM Place Takaka, Tasman

Date 30th July 1959 Time 9:40PM Place Takaka, Tasman

Date 30th July 1959 Time 9:40PM Place Takaka, Tasman

The planes of the ellipse changed often as did the strength of the light and its colour

Report

Takaka, Nelson

31st July, 1959.

The Officer Commanding,
Royal New Zealand Air Force,
WELLINGTON.

Sir,

It is with some diffidence that I make the following report to you. Before doing so I wish to state that I do not want any publicity in any form.

Last night at 9:40PM my wife, two children and I saw to the south a ‘Star’ swinging in the air. We watched it till 10:30PM when it sailed in a direct line out of sight.

Unfortunately the only trained observer I could ring up, Squadron Leader Hayter was not at home. My report is thus subject to error due to lack of special skill. I will however say that I owned a boat for ten years on Waiheke Island, and am accustomed to sailing at night by navigation lights. The ‘Star’ behaved in a very unstar like manner.

When the star was observed through field glasses a clear oval form could be seen. The planes of the ellipse changed often as did the strength of the light and its colour. At no time did the ‘Star’ come close. It might have been anything from three miles distance to infinity.

Again I will say that I want the matter kept confidential.

Yours faithfully,
Redacted Name

Pse. investigate.
Not a planet

Response

39/3/3

24 August 1959

Takaka,
NELSON

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your letter dated 31 July 1959 regarding the phenomenon which you and you family observed. The matter is being investigated confidentially.

I wish to apologise for the delay in answering your letter, but this was occasioned through my absence due to influenza.

Yours faithfully,
(J.R.McCLYMONT, Sgn.Ldr.)
for Air Secretary

Report taken from file number
AIR 39/3/3 Volume 2Parts 1 and 2

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