Bruce Cathie: A neglected New Zealand Cultural Icon

The month has slipped by with hardly a public whisper of Bruce Cathie’s passing. Just a short online article and family notice in the New Zealand Herald on June 3rd that Bruce Leonard Cathie, retired pilot (NAC, Air New Zealand) and author, was now “free to explore the universe in ways you always dreamed.”

Bruce Cathie’s death at 83 is likely to have been ignored, perhaps willfully in some instances, because of the nature of his work. His claims have been sidelined by labelling them conspiracy theories, a powerful tool of repression in democratic societies.

For more than fifty years Cathie undertook rigorous research into a phenomenon that attracted massive contention and regular derision – the presence and proliferation of UFOs (unidentified flying objects) in NZ skies.

For anyone who has delved into this field, Bruce Cathie would have been a significant and ground-breaking researcher, not simply because he recorded numerous sightings, but for developing a theory using complicated mathematical calculations, titled the World Energy Grid System.

It is based on the contention that a grid-like energy pattern, much like lay lines, covers the earth and has the power to control or cause nuclear-based events such as a nuclear explosion. These lines crisscross over the planet and points where many of these lines intersect tend to be UFO hotspots, or aerial and transmitter sites or military bases etc. According to him, this same energy grid is also the power source for UFOs that regularly appear and are seen by people all around the world. He also contended that he was not the first to discover the energy grid but that it was kept quiet because “the system had many military applications and that political advantage could be gained by those with secret knowledge of this nature.” These theories and the extensive research to validate them are represented in a number of books, the most well-known being ‘Harmonic 33’ published in 1968.


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