The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

History Canvastown,  the home of the Trout Hotel, is 50 kilometres west of Blenheim, is a locality at the point where the Wakamarina River joins the Pelorus River, in Marlborough. Named after all the miner’s thick canvas tents that were set up all over the land, the town was founded in 1864, after gold was… Continue reading The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

Prosaic Explanations: The Failure Of UFO Skepticism

Introduction “If I had found even a single case that defied prosaic explanation, I would have rushed to my typewriter (now my PC) to write the most exciting story ever published by Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine.” -in a letter from Philip J. Klass to Dr. Eugene Mallove Could some UFO sightings actually be… Continue reading Prosaic Explanations: The Failure Of UFO Skepticism

Waimate Hospital, Waimate

A number of sod built cottages were built at Sodtown in the Waimate’s early days. The area became the site of Waimate Hospital. A cottage hospital was built on the site of former SOD TOWN in 1874-5. A larger building was erected in 1878. Dr Deane (from Blenheim) was appointed resident surgeon in December 1878.… Continue reading Waimate Hospital, Waimate

Unidentified lights in the evening sky

Reported on Stuff.co.nz – 17 October 2013 UFOs or Chinese lanterns? Strange lights have again been seen in the sky above Blenheim, prompting speculation of intergalactic visitations. Nathan Menzies said he saw a strange light in the sky from his home in Brewer Street, Blenheim, at 8.30pm on Tuesday. “I don’t believe in this sort… Continue reading Unidentified lights in the evening sky

Kaikoura UFO sightings

Report in Stuff.co.nz – 22 January 2013 Among the hundreds of UFO sightings in New Zealand, only one was ever fully investigated. Public and media interest in the Kaikoura UFO sightings in 1978, coupled with strong personal interest from prime minister Robert Muldoon, led to the air force preparing a detailed report. This is the… Continue reading Kaikoura UFO sightings

UFO sightings in New Zealand linked to a ‘temporal doorway’ [ Dave Masko -www.huliq.com]

“Cooo me, we have more UFO sightings than anywhere on the planet, and don’t forget our ‘temporal doorway’ that allows these aliens to come and go,” explained a New Zealand local in hyping “UFO tourism” down under in a country best known for its strange greenish kiwifruit, Lord of the Rings films and homeland for… Continue reading UFO sightings in New Zealand linked to a ‘temporal doorway’ [ Dave Masko -www.huliq.com]

Files shine light on UFO sightings

By Derek Cheng New Zealand’s most famous UFO sighting was a moving cluster of bright lights five times the size of a large fishing vessel that dazzled and spooked the occupants of a small plane during a routine newspaper drop. The lights seemed to move with the plane as it flew off the coast of… Continue reading Files shine light on UFO sightings

Only one NZ UFO sighting investigated [The Press]

Among the hundreds of UFO sightings in New Zealand, only one was fully investigated. Public and media interest in the infamous Kaikoura UFO sightings in 1978, coupled with strong personal interest from Prime Minister Robert Muldoon, led to a detailed report being prepared by the air force. This is the first time it has been… Continue reading Only one NZ UFO sighting investigated [The Press]

Lights in the NZ sky haunt TV producer for three decades

Thirty years ago today, strange lights were filmed in the night skies over the Kaikoura coast. Theories ranged from squid boat lights to sightings of Mercury and Venus. Former television producer Leonard Lee recalls his involvement in the Kaikoura UFO mystery. On the morning of December 31, 1978, I received an early-morning call from Neil… Continue reading Lights in the NZ sky haunt TV producer for three decades