The Wellington/Kaikoura, New Zealand incident involved filming of alleged UFOs during the night of 30th-31st December 1978 (shortly after midnight) on a flight from Christchurch to Blenheim in New Zealand, involving TV reporter Quentin Fogarty following up sightings of 21 December 1978.
This incident is Case 57 in Isaac Koi's "Top 100" article, since it was referred to in 50 of the books covered by that article.
On 27 May 1980, the National Enquirer reported it had decided to award $2,000 to Dr Bruce Maccabee for his investigation into the New Zealand UFO film.
This incident has also featured in lists by various UFO researchers of the top UFO cases, including the following:
a list of the ten “best” case published by Ronald Story in his book “UFOs and the Limits of Science” (1981), and was described by him as being “the most puzzling picture sequence of all”.
- a list of twenty UFO cases produced by Bruce Maccabee in 1999 in response to a challenge to produce “the best evidence for an extraterrestrial origin for the UFO phenomenon”.