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New Zealand Defense Force Drops all UFO Investigations



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In a surprising turn of events, the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) has announced its intention to no longer officially investigate reports of Unidentified Flying Objects.

No interest

On the heels of making public its historical archive of classified UFO cases, the New Zealand government and former defense chief Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae declared they no longer have an interest in UFO reports.

"The NZDF does not have any expertise or role in respect of…`flying saucer' matters, nor is it qualified to address questions on the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial lifeforms," Mateparae declared as part of a 2009 written guide for staff.

His guideline continued with: "The NZDF believes that rational explanations, just as aircraft lights or natural phenomena, could be found for [UFO sightings] if resources were diverted for this purpose but…it would be inappropriate use of defense resources."

New Zealand is the latest country to declassify and make public archives of formerly secret UFO case studies conducted by internal government intelligence agencies and military offices. In the past Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Great Britain and France have also released some of their files.

Mateparae concluded by suggesting all future UFO cases be referred to police authorities for investigation.

The former defense chief's guidelines came to light soon after more than 2,000 pages of documents covering all UFO reports back to the early 1950s were released December 2010.

Reported sightings

The 2,000 pages contain many intriguing sightings that the NZDF has deemed not threatening to national security.

One case file reported on by New Zealand national press describes a "wingless object appearing to have 'magnetic media emitting from the ends' [that was] spotted flying over the Kapiti Coast last May. The Otaki witness informed the Defense Force he had submitted the photo to an expert analyst in the United States and would keep it in the loop."

Other official files reveal the frequent inquires for specific case documents from NZDF archives by the New Zealand citizen's investigatory organization, UFOCUS. According to one document, 2009 UFOCUS director Suzanne Hansen wrote NZDF to raise the alarm that UFO sightings around the country had experienced a "marked increase." In her letter, released as part of the 2,000 pages by the NZDF, she claimed that UFOCUS had been inundated with rising reports from many credible sources that continued to "defy logical explanations."

Mateparae responded to her concerns with a letter sent to her a year later.

Prior to the NZDF declassification of UFO documents, Mateparae reportedly alerted several government agencies that had investigated or maintained files dealing with UFO cases over the decades. Some included New Zealand's Carter Observatory, the Civil Aviation Authority, the department of Internal Affairs, and the agency, Metservice.

He wrote: "While most correspondents were remarkably restrained in their comments [because of general skepticism, UFO materials might] give rise to minor embarrassment."

Worldwide sightings rising

Hansen insisted that UFO incidents are increasing and "worldwide trends [are] showing sightings were on the rise."

The U.S. has declined to voluntarily release any of its massive UFO files. When questioned about it they state that all Air Force interest was dropped when the late 1960s Condon Report effectively closed the book on the issue as far as it presenting a national security concern.

Since then, former Air Force generals and other military and government officials have stepped forward admitting that UFOs are still being actively investigated and taken very seriously by factions of the United States' government.

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