Australian authorities confirm a New Zealand plane has spotted objects in the ocean in the new search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

Objects have been discovered in the new search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

AMSA tweeted on Friday that the objects spotted by the RNZAF Orion will need to be confirmed by a ship, which is en route to the area.

The sighting came on the first day of searching in a new area of the Indian Ocean, following new information that prompted authorities to re-focus efforts to locate the missing jet.