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NZ military release classified UFO files for the public.

Under freedom of information laws, New Zealand military released hundreds of previously classified reports detailing claims of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings and alien encounters.

The documents released contains the data collected from 1954 to 2009. These classified files were released after the New Zealand Defence Force removed names and other identifying material.

In about 2,000 pages of documents, members of the public, military personnel and commercial pilots outline close encounters, mostly involving moving lights in the sky.

One of the most comprehensive files concerns two sightings of strange lights off the South Island town of Kaikoura in 1978, one of which was captured by a television crew aboard a plane in the area.

The incident made international headlines at the time but a contemporary Air Force report found it could be explained by natural phenomena such as lights from boats being reflected off clouds or an unusual view of the planet Venus.

- With Various media inputs

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