I was born in Rotorua and from a very early age began my quest to find answers about ghosts, spirits, energies and the paranormal. I can vividly recall reading my first ghost story at seven years old, and being absolutely fascinated when I read a magazine article about a medium. My budding interest was fanned by the fact that a neighbour of a friend of my mothers would often hold séances which of course children were not allowed to attend. As a result I started to hold my own séances in order to try to satisfy my curiosity about ghosts and spirits. Needless to say, I was often sent home from my little friends houses when a parent would find a group of children huddled around my homemade Ouija board “trying to find ghosts”. In those days I knew something existed and did see some strange things occur but had no way of knowing how to go about proving it. I was also aware that although my mother and siblings believe that there were spirits around us, most other people did not, and were not at all interested in talking about my ever-increasing interest.
We moved to Auckland when I was eleven and to my joy we lived in an old, slightly haunted house in Sandringham. We had a lady ghost and a ghost cat in our new home. The lady was seen a couple of times around the house and could be heard moving around occasionally and the cat would sometimes jump up on our beds at night. Interestingly, other people also saw her and at school we had comments from our classmates about the “old lady sitting on our veranda”. Apparently she was often there as they walked past on the way to school! Being in this house and around these ghosts turned my curiosity into a lifelong passion but I was still very unsure on how to share this passion with others.
By the time I was fourteen we were living in Papatoetoe in an extremely active house. I began my EVP experiments at that stage. I’d leave a recorder going when we went out and listen to it backwards and forwards upon return. I recorded the numerous séances that were held with the teenaged kids in our area. I experimented with religion, the occult, witchcraft and spiritualism and recorded it all. The results were encouraging with some great Class 1 EVPs being captured.
These experiments always led into other experiments. Throughout my adult life I have lived in many haunted houses and have spent many hundreds of hours investigating these houses, the houses of friends and family, reputedly haunted areas, buildings and cemeteries. As technology has improved and become more accessible to the general public my passion (although some might call it an obsession) has become to find a way to document that these energies exist. I spend a lot of time trying to develop different ways that the spirits or energies can more easily communicate with us.
I think it is extremely important to remain as sceptical but open-minded as possible while on an investigation and not jump to conclusions.
In recent years I have become interested in energy clearing and cleansing ceremonies and can help with advice on how to go about this or, if you prefer can do this for you after an investigation. I also have a lot of compassion for the people who live in houses or areas where there is activity as I know first hand that it can be extremely unnerving to experience any sort of activity.
In my everyday life I am a wife and mother. I have worked in childcare and nannying for 20 years so have an interest and affinity with young children. I am more than happy to advise or help you if you have issues or questions regarding children and spirits.
I have been a member of Haunted Auckland for just over two years and really enjoy being part of such a professional group of people who are just as passionate as me about the paranormal.