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From UFOs to 'tsunami bomb': N.Z. archive secrets revealed

Published on Dec 30, 2012 12:05 PM
 
Author Ray Waru inspects files at New Zealand's national archives in Wellington, following the release of his new book revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand's national archives including a bizarre WWII plan to create a "tsunami bomb" and military X-Files detailing supposed UFO sightings. Waru said he wrote the book "Secrets and Treasures" to highlight the material available to the public at Archives New Zealand in Wellington -- where almost 100 kilometres of shelf space is crammed with historical artefacts. -- PHOTO: AFP

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A new book has revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand's national archives, including a bizarre WWII plan to create a "tsunami bomb" and military files detailing supposed UFO sightings.

Author Ray Waru said he wrote "Secrets and Treasures" to highlight the material publicly available at Archives New Zealand in Wellington - where almost 100 kilometres of shelf space is crammed with historical artefacts.

"It was totally overwhelming at the beginning," he told AFP.

"I knew I wanted to get in the important things, the Treaty of Waitangi (New Zealand's founding document), the Declaration of Independence, the women's suffrage petition, and a few other things.

 
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