Last Saturday night it was Onekawa resident Stephen Carr’s turn to be perplexed by unexpected lights overhead after going outside just after 9pm.
And, as he discovered after calling police, he was not the only one to see them.
“I was outside having a smoke, looking for satellites … and I looked over towards the Taradale hills and saw a bright orange light in the sky,” Mr Carr said.
The light was heading toward the hills, from the east.
He watched as more appeared, in pairs, which eventually resulted in eight lights travelling at what he said was a reasonable speed across the sky, all following the same path before they banked to the left.
His partner and flatmate also saw the lights, and attempted to video them.
“It was just a solid orange light and there was no flickering, no firework type effect or anything it it,” Mr Carr said.
“There was no noise and it was a still night, there were bugger-all clouds in the sky.
“They were moving pretty quick, they weren’t like rockets or anything, it was a good, steady movement.”
He estimated they were in the sky for about eight to 10 minutes.
“I rang the police to see if anybody has reported any strange lights and strangely enough, they’d just had someone ring up about it.
“I just thought it was really odd how they all followed the same sort of flight path.”
He said he believed that given the time and the movement of the lights, other people must have seen them.
In early August Napier man Vaughan Brooks and his family watched as fast-moving red lights crossed the sky from east to west, and a fortnight later a Havelock North couple reported seeing a stream of orange lights travelling across the night sky.
Mr Brooks ruled out the suggestion they could be Chinese lanterns being released as they were moving too fast, and at a time when there was no wind.