Several West Coast residents have claimed to have seen
strange and unexplained lights in the night sky over the past
On Saturday night, Russell Adams was cutting his grass when
he saw the lights in the general direction of the aerodrome.
He grabbed his wife, and his camera to capture them.
Since then another sighting has been reported to the
In each instance the aero club has said there were no
aircraft flying at the time.
Mr Adams said he saw four lights over about 10 minutes and
early today, Shakespeare St man Robert Caldana saw a light
through his laundry window about 2.20am.
It was towards the sea in the direction of South Beach.
His wife Linda also witnessed the event saying it was
different from satellites and shooting stars, changing
colour, and apparently hovering. Her husband saw it red, but
when she looked it was green and blue.
She called it a UFO, but said today she did not mean it was a
Martian - just an unexplained object.
"I was not frightened, it was 'wow'."
A third woman, Conna Katie Cameron, posted on a public
Facebook page that she saw a UFO on the coast road near
Charleson and Fox River about 1am on Wednesday.
Someone suggested it was a police Iroquois helicopter doing
an annual drug sweep, but she said she did not hear any
Sergeant Russell Glue, who ran the operation, confirmed today
the Iroquois was not in the air after dark.
It has also been suggested the lights were reflections from
squid boats bouncing off the clouds, but the Caldanas said
this did not match what they saw. Squid boats use bright
lights to attract the squid.
Hokitika airport also confirmed today it was not aware of any
- By Laura Mills of the Greymouth Star