New Zealand have revealed that they are to be the next in a growing number of countries who are releasing their -previously classified- UFO files (France, UK, Brazil, Denmark etc.) however according to one report it seems as if their tact may be similar to that of the UK:
The documents are being currently held by the Archives New Zealand and they were originally to be made public this month, but the Defense Force is presently in the process of removing personal information from the files in order to efficiently comply with the Privacy Act.
"At the moment we are working on making copies of these files, minus the personal information. Once this work is completed, we are hoping to be able to release a copy of all the UFO files, including some ahead of their release time, within the year", said a Defense Force spokeswoman.
All requests for access to the said files of sightings are currently being turned down as they are under the possession of the Defense Force.
Beginning Of The End?
By ‘tact ' I mean they are simply following the path of least resistance as in the UK the FoIA requests became so time-consuming that ultimately this was the reason for releasing the files, i.e. to free up man-hours that they felt was much better spent on other duties.
Disclosure at a price?
Hopefully their end-goal isn't as shady as the UK's was as it seems that their decision to release the files was a precursor to the announcement that they were in fact going to stop collecting ANY UFO reports whatsoever, well, that's certainly the impression that I got. As I've said prior I believe that this decision to remove themselves from the loop completely was known back when they decided to release all of the files, and in fact was the real motivation behind it.
However the other countries that have released their UFO files have so far hinted at no such official stance and even if they did I doubt they would be as underhand as the UK who decided to release this information (that they were no longer collecting UFO reports) via an amended online FOiA request.
UFO papers to be made public
SECRET FILES : Stories in The Press from early January 1979 show that the air force had a Skyhawk readied to investigate UFO sightings following the mysterious lights which appeared over Kaikoura days before.
Hundreds of pages of secret files on New Zealand UFO sightings will be released by the military this year. The files include reports of UFO sightings from 1979 to 1984 and references to the Kaikoura sighting of December 1978. The files are held by Archives New Zealand and were to have been made public this month, but the Defence Force is removing personal information from them to comply with the Privacy Act:
"At the moment we are working on making copies of these files, minus the personal information," a Defence Force spokeswoman said. "Once this work is completed, we are hoping to be able to release a copy of all the UFO files, including some ahead of their release time, within the year."
Lights were seen in the sky over Kaikoura in December 1978 and were filmed by an Australian news crew. Aircraft tracked the lights, which were also seen on radar. A man who worked for the Transport Ministry's civil aviation division when the Kaikoura lights were seen said he would like to see the government files. The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was working at Christchurch International Airport at the time. He saw United States Air Force planes with unusual call signs touring the area and believes the full story about the lights has not been disclosed.
"For the US Air Force to come all that way and spend three days here, there must have been something going on.”
The Press sought any Defence Force files on UFO sightings under the Official Information Act in August last year. The Defence Force said the request:
Would require a substantial amount of collation, research and consultation to identify whether any of that information could be released" and it was "not in a position to deploy staff to undertake that task ".
It said public files on UFO sightings were available from Archives New Zealand. The Press requested access to those files from Archives New Zealand, but was not able to see them as they had been borrowed by the Defence Force. The director of research group UFOCUS NZ, Suzanne Hansen, said she was frustrated by the delayed release but understood the privacy reasons:
"We have been in discussion with the New Zealand Defence Force for many years ... It is frustrating from a research perspective because we would like to collate these sightings with international research…..There are cases that are certainly not our technology. It has been scientifically proven that this is entirely possible."
New Zealand Skeptics chairwoman Vicki Hyde said the secret files would not be as interesting as they appeared:
"Governments all around the world have these kind of files and they are not as exciting as you might possibly hope…..The Government is required to log these things and it can give a false impression that there is a vast amount of activity out there…..There is probably intelligent life elsewhere, but whether it has come here to play silly buggers with us in a game of cosmic hide and seek is another matter…..It is a big jump from `there was something in the sky and I don't know what it was' to `that was a craft piloted by aliens'."
She said most sightings could be of mundane things such as satellites and flocks of birds.
Source: Stuff.co.nz/The Press