Over a week later, on December 30, 1978, an Australian television crew recorded a similar event on film onboard a cargo aircraft flying between Wellington and Christchurch. The UFOs were filmed, tracked by Wellington ATC, and observed by witnesses simultaneously, with one of the objects following the aircraft almost until it landed. When the aircraft took off again, it was paced by an enormous orb-like object for fifteen minutes. Again, the event was filmed, observed and tracked, and the resulting footage garnered worldwide interest and speculation.
Following the sightings, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), police, and Carter Observatory in Wellington cooperated in an investigation. The New Zealand Ministry of Defence stated it was difficult to explain the lights, “short of them being some anomalous type of reflection or refraction, cars or trains” and it was probable the Wellington radar returns were “spurious”.