"Car" shaped UFO allegedly takes off from road near Rutherglen West Coast South Island of New Zealand 6 August 2013
from a Sun Herald story from 9 July 1967
covering Prof. James McDonald's visit to Australia
A West Coast man is 'freaked out' afer coming face to face last night with what he claims was a UFO, parked on the road outside the entrance to Shantytown.Mathew Robert, a mechanic from Rutherglen, insists he is not alone and that three other cars were also confronted by the night-time visitor on Rutherglen Road, south of Greymouth, about 8.45pm.When the car-‐shaped object suddenly lifted into the sky in a blinding light, he and the other drivers left in such a hurry they left skid marks on the road."I was changing a CD as I was driving and when I looked up I saw what looked like a car without its lights on, stopped in the middle of the road outside Shantytown. I slammed on my brakes and my eyes were still trying to focus, when suddenly the thing just lit up and shot into the sky," Mr Robert said."When I came to my senses I noticed that there were three other cars that had stopped on the other side of the road as well. It's weird that no one else has come forward because those people obviously would have seen the same thing I did."He claims that immediately following the incident he lost all cellphone reception, his vision was blurry and his eyes watery for about an hour afterwards.Mr Robert was driving into Greymouth at the time to pick up his partner, Charlotte Rose, from work at the hospital. He arrived there bug-‐eyed and agitated.Ms Rose said he was visibly shaken."I just looked at him and I could tell something bad had happened, he was freaked out and his eyes were watery," Ms Rose said.Coincidentally, Mr Robert had been looking at the night sky in real-time via his smartphone on an app called the Night Sky a few minutes previous."I was sitting at home before I went to town and I was looking at satellites and other things on my phone. Suddenly, what looked like a satellite started going crazy and moving all over the sky and I was trying to follow it with my phone."Mr Robert said he hoped the witnesses from the other cars would also come forward and confirm what he saw. One vehicle was a Mitsubishi Chariot and another a Honda Accord. He did not have a description of the third vehicle."I know people are going to think that it's crazy, but I know what I saw."
The element of the "what looked like a satellite ... going crazy ..." while Mathew Robert was using his Night Sky smart phone app seems a bit odd, and possibly unrelated. Maybe a decaying satellite or launch vehicle by coincidence. While it might be a smart phone app I doubt if the makers have programmed in UFO tracking?
The "UFO" encounter itself seems to have many similarities with other road vehicle encounters. Lets see if the incident stands up to a serious investigation. The cell phone reception problem, blinding light take-off, blurred vision and watery eyes have all been encountered in UFO close encounter events in the past.
The good folk of Shantytown haven't taken long to draw attention to potential tourist possibilities, unfortunately complete with tin foil hats:
West Coast gets UFO fever
UFOs are the talk of the West Coast after reports of one man's 'close encounter' at Rutherglen on Tuesday night.
Although no other witnesses have come forward about the sighting; in which Matthew Robert Haisty claims to have come across a UFO parked on the road right outside Shantytown before it took off in a flash of blinding light; David Skelton said today he witnessed strange lights moving about in nearby Taylorville about the same time.
He said he saw strange lights from his window and initially thought a plane was going down. The lights were travelling west, too slow for a meteor but too fast to be a helicopter or plane. They were also too low to be from a shooting star.
The Shantytown UFO incident has created much discussion on-line, with people taking to social networks to voice a range of theories and messages of both support and scepticism.
Many claimed that hallucinogenic drugs or alcohol must be responsible, while others maintained that some things simply could not be explained.
Kelsey Prendergast said on Facebook: "I believe it's true. I've had sightings and I was blown away."
Elizabeth Tones was also supportive: "UFO is an unidentified flying object, doesn't mean green men in spaceships. Sad that people have such nasty things to say about others who see such objects."
Meanwhile, the news has gone global online and has excited alien watchers and UFO websites.
AlteredDimensions.net said: "Greymouth has been a hot spot for UFO activity for at least a decade, with reports from citizens throughout the area describing orange, red and green lights moving through the sky, green spheres travelling along the local hills and metallic discs flying in the area."