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Dunstan House – Clyde, Central Otago.

Clyde is located in an area known as The Dunstan, named by an English surveyor, John Turnbull Thomson. He was the second white man to enter the region in the spring of 1857. It is believed he used the name Dunstan because the mountains reminded him of his birthplace in England

Haunted Mirror

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The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

The Trout Hotel – Canvastown

History Canvastown,  the home of the Trout Hotel, is 50 kilometres west of Blenheim, is a locality at the point where the Wakamarina River joins the Pelorus River, in Marlborough. Named after all the miner’s thick canvas tents that were set up all over the land, the town was founded

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Blue Mountains Exploration: Research Area – Bullaburra

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Project Puhinui: Session Three – Puhinui House, Howick Historical Village

Project Puhinui: Session Three – Puhinui House, Howick Historical Village

Session Three: April 9th 2016 – Solo overnight vigil by Sam Collier. I was no stranger to Puhinui house itself. Being a local to the Howick and Pakuranga area meant almost annual visits to the Howick historical village right through my school life from primary to college. I can’t ever recall

Fort Takapuna

Fort Takapuna

Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, one of the most significant new additions to the conservation estate, was opened by the Minister of Conservation Sandra Lee on 18 June 2000. This was the result of a decision to classify part of the land used by the NZ Defence Forces for over a


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Derelict Church – Fife, Scotland
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Seeking Gef the Talking Mongoose – Isle of Man exploration 2023
Seeking Gef the Talking Mongoose – Isle of Man exploration 202330/09/2023Haunted Locations / United KingdomSEPT 2023, I ticked off another from my bucket list and did a rather gruelling 1.5 hour uphill trek to find the location of the farmhouse formerly owned by the Irving family in Cashens Gap. It was here that, in 1930, a mysterious creature visited the family and subsequently caused much frustration and annoyance. The creature created a lot of interest. Not only from locals, the story was given extensive coverage by the tabloid press in Britain in the early 1930s. The Irvings’ claims gained the attention of parapsychologists and ghost hunters, such as Harry Price, Hereward Carrington, and Nandor Fodor. The creature was a mongoose, called Gef. Oh, and Gef could talk. In my search, I also found an old well that would’ve given the Irvings their water supply. I was told that the trek back down is easier. It wasn’t. ——————————————————————————————————————– In September 1931, the Irving family, consisting of James, Margaret, and a 13-year-old daughter named Voirrey, claimed they heard persistent scratching, rustling, and vocal noises behind their farmhouse’s wooden wall panels that variously resembled a ferret, a dog, or a baby. According to the Irvings, a creature named Gef introduced itself and told them it was a mongoose born in New Delhi, India, in 1852. According to Voirrey, Gef was the size of a small rat with yellowish fur and a large bushy tail. The Irvings say that Gef communicated to them that he was “an extra, extra clever mongoose”, an “Earthbound spirit” and “a ghost in the form of a mongoose” and once said, “I am a freak. I have hands and I have feet, and if you saw me you’d faint, you’d be petrified, mummified, turned into stone or a pillar of salt!” The Irvings made various claims about Gef: he supposedly guarded their house and informed them of the approach of guests or any unfamiliar dog. They said that if someone had forgotten to put out the fire at night, Gef would go down and stop the stove. The Irvings claimed Gef would also wake people up when they overslept, and whenever mice got into the house, Gef supposedly assumed the role of the cat, although he preferred to scare them rather than kill them. The Irvings say they gave Gef biscuits, chocolates, and bananas, and food was left for him in a saucer suspended from the ceiling which he took when he thought no one was watching. The Irvings claimed the mongoose regularly accompanied them on trips to the market, but always stayed on the other side of the hedges, chatting incessantly. The story of Gef became popular in the tabloid press, and many journalists flocked to the Isle to try to catch a glimpse of the creature. Several other people, both locals, and visitors, claimed to have heard Gef’s voice, and two claimed to have seen it; however, physical evidence was lacking. Footprints, stains on the wall, and hair samples claimed to be evidence of Gef were identified as belonging to the Irvings’ sheepdog, as were several photos that were claimed by the Irvings to depict Gef. Margaret and Voirrey Irving left the home in 1945 after the death of James Irving. They reportedly had to sell the farm at a loss because it had the reputation of being haunted. In 1946, Leslie Graham, who had bought their farm, claimed in the press that he had shot and killed Gef. The body displayed by Graham was, however, black and white and much larger than the famous mongoose and Voirrey Ir [...] Read more...
Massey Homestead, Mangere. Auckland
Massey Homestead, Mangere. Auckland11/04/2014Historic Buildings / InvestigationsThe Massey Homestead is an imposing historic building set in extensive gardens on Massey Road, Mangere East. It was for some years the home of William Ferguson Massey, who was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912 to 1925. This is a brief history of the homestead, its ownership by the Massey family, its purchase by Manukau City Council, and its development as community and cultural centre. In 1849 or 1850 the landowner and former missionary William Fairburn sold 220 acres of rural land on Mangere Road to the timber dealer Daniel Lynch. About 1853 Lynch built an ornate two-storeyed red brick and timber homestead on his estate in what is now Mangere East. The homestead was designed in the English colonial style with Regency details. Native timber was used extensively but its red bricks and slates were brought from Melbourne. Lynch’s two-storeyed homestead was one of the most notable and substantial brick houses in South Auckland and in May 1869 he offered it for use as a hunting lodge when Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, and his shooting party passed through Mangere during his New Zealand visit. Lynch retained his Mangere estate until 1890 when it is said that financial difficulties forced him to sell his land. Two hundred and nine acres were bought by two speculators, William Francis Buckland, an Auckland solicitor, and John Roberts, a gentleman from Dunedin. On 29 September 1890 Buckland and Roberts sold 16 acres, 2 roods and 38 perches (about 6.8 hectares) of their land, including the homestead, to Mangere farmer William Ferguson Massey. Massey was looking for a new, less flammable house because his former wooden farmhouse in central Mangere had just burnt down. The homestead and surrounding land cost Massey £600. He immediately arranged a £500 mortgage from Buckland and Roberts with interest at 6 percent per annum paid quarterly. William Massey William Massey entered Parliament as the member for Waitemata in 1894, but was elected to Franklin in 1896, so in later years his family called the homestead ‘Franklynne’. Massey was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1912 until his death in 1925. During this time, he lived in Wellington much of the time, but his family and guests continued to live in the homestead. Early during the Massey family’s residency in the house, part of the verandah was removed and a curved portico with four ‘classical’ columns was added to provide shelter over the front entrance. Over the years the family made other minor changes; having the western upstairs balcony weather-boarded and the floor of the lower balcony concreted. Inside, imitation graining was applied to kauri panelling and mouldings throughout the house and the natural oak wardrobes were painted. Massey’s son Frank also added the garages beside the house and the gardener’s shed behind it. According to local legend Franklynne had a narrow escape during the 1913 General Strike when Auckland watersiders, aggrieved at Massey’s role in combating the strike, marched on the homestead threatening to burn it down. A quick-thinking visitor, Mr Feist, who was staying at the house with his family, managed to convince the men that the brick house would be too difficult to burn and that setting fire to the barn sheltering Massey’s steam traction engine would only ensure him a generous insurance payout. After William Massey’s death the homestead and land passed to his widow, Dame Christina Allen Massey. On 21 April 1926 Dame Christina sold the Auckland Education Board a parcel of land behind the house where the Mangere East Primary School was built. On 10 March 1927 she surrendered more land for the dedication of Ferguson and William streets, and between 17 May 1927 and 6 December 1928 she sold a further 15 allotments of land to various couples who purchased residential sections along those streets. Finally on 7 December 1928 Dame Christina transferred the homestead and remaining land to her son, Frank George Massey, who moved into the homestead with his wife and children. Dame Christina herself continued to live at the homestead until her death in 1932. Frank and his wife Dora liked gardening, and the development of the attractive gardens at the homestead dates from the 1930s. The mature pohutukawa and puriri trees to the northeast of the homestead had already grown during William Massey’s lifetime, but the other large native trees on its front lawn were planted by Dora and Frank during the 1930s. Dora planted flower gardens in front of the homestead. She and Frank laid out the homestead’s main drive, running from the wrought iron gates on Massey Road, and planted the gardens along both its borders. Dora had a low brick wall built backing the gardens along the drive and this enhances their attractiveness when viewed from the lawn. Dora and Frank also created a lawn tennis court in front of the house. After Dora Massey died in 1954 a group of her gardening friends decided to form the Franklynne Gardening Club in memory of her enthusiasm and the beautiful gardens she had created at the homestead. Frank stayed on in the homestead with his daughter Anne, a lawyer. During the 1950s Mangere East was still a village and the homestead retained a partly rural outlook. Change was coming, however, and in the 1960s large-scale subdivision began in the area. On 9 May 1967 Manukau City Council took a triangular, sail-shaped piece of land measuring 1 acre and 9.1 perches (about 0.42 of a hectare) extending from the western corner of the Yates Road boundary to the Massey Road boundary of the property. This was gazetted for street widening, but it seems no agreement could be reached on a satisfactory plan and the proposed scheme fell into abeyance, with the council retaining ownership of this land. The next development came in 1973 when Manukau City Council proposed classifying the Massey Homestead as a place of historic interest in its district scheme. This narrowed Frank’s options if he ever did wish to sell the property. He decided to specify in his will that Manukau City Council would have the first option to buy the homestead and its gardens. After Frank died in 1975, his daughter Anne and son Allan negotiated with the council, who agreed to buy the homestead and gardens for the benefit of the people of Manukau. In late 1976 the council offered to buy the homestead and surrounding 3 acres, 2 roods and 16.7 perches (about 1.45 hectares) for $100,000. This proposal was subject to the Massey family agreeing to a district scheme change whereby the council could subdivide and sell sections on the Yates Road boundary of the property. The Masseys accepted the council’s offer and on 20 October 1977 Manukau City Council paid a deposit of $10,000 for the property. The final instalment was paid on 29 June 1978. The council’s property manager had previously agreed that Anne Massey could remain as the homestead’s tenant until her new home unit in nearby William Street was ready, and on 30 September 1978 she moved out of the homestead. Manukau City Council now amalgamated the newly acquired land with that previously taken for street widening, so it now owned a total of 1.82 hectares around the homestead. The entire block was now resurveyed and subdivided. A large section was subdivided off behind the homestead, where Lambie Court pensioner village was built. A further four residential sections were subdivided on the corner of Yates Road. Another 618-square metre section on Yates Road was set aside as the homestead’s rear entrance and car park. After these changes were made, the homestead itself was left with a park-like garden measuring 9208 square metres on a total area of 9826 square metres (or 0.9826 of a hectare). Manukau City Council intended to use the homestead as a community and cultural centre. Council staff thought the garages, which are connected to the main house by an existing covered walkway, could be renovated as studios for community groups and resident artists. Council gardeners maintained the attractive gardens in front of the house. The gardeners also planted some small trees, shrubs and ground covers. The tennis court in front of the homestead was asphalted and developed for community use. On 20 September 1980, on the first day of the inaugural Festival of Mangere, Council formally opened the Mangere Community and Cultural Centre, consisting of the Massey Homestead itself and the Metro Theatre across the road. On the day, painting, pottery, photographic and historical displays were exhibited inside the homestead while outside players dressed in 1930s-style costumes played games of ‘period tennis’ on the tennis court. ‘Blam Blam Blam’ Street Theatre actors also performed under the trees in the grounds of the homestead. During the 1980s and early 1990s many community groups used the Massey Homestead and it housed some significant cultural, artistic, photographic and historical exhibitions. However by the 1990s council staff were aware the homestead was “structurally past its best.” The homestead’s internal framing and upper-floor joists needed strengthening if more than 10 people were to meet upstairs at any one time. So in 1994 restrictions were placed on the use of the upper rooms. While money was available to reinforce the structure, staff realised the heritage homestead could still be damaged if it was continuously used as a venue for active performances. At the same time a management review for Manukau City Council’s Arts Services had shown Mangere’s arts groups wanted to have a service that would resource them out in the community, rather than to have to travel to a centre for their artistic recreation. Therefore in 1997 the council’s arts service moved out of the Massey Homestead to a new Mangere Town Centre gallery, from which they could operate an outreach operation. The homestead was closed for a few years, during which time the building was reinforced and Manukau City Council unsuccessfully sought commercial tenants. By 2005 the council conceded finding appropriate tenants was virtually impossible and let several small community organisations back into the homestead. However, at the time of writing in 2010, the homestead has once again been closed for maintenance. The tennis court, thought to obstruct a clear view of the homestead from the road, has recently been removed. Nonetheless the Massey Homestead’s grounds are still used by the community. For instance, during ‘Summer Sounds in the Park’ events in March 2010, when Oceania Storm, Banda Latina, Allegro and Cydel and the Groovehouse performed. It is thought that William Massey still resides within the walls and makes himself known to staff and people visiting, from time to time. The activity reports are rare but there have been claims of moving shadows, items moving around the rooms and voices through the years. Before entering the building as the team were waiting outside for the security guard to arrive Amy, Barbara and Kimberley were all unnerved to see what appeared to be a white dog, just sitting there in the darkness, silent, seemingly ‘staring them down’. Being cautious not to aggravate the situation the 3 backed away. At this time the security guard pulled up to let us in. On turning back, the dog had disappeared. No one saw it leave, causing the girls to doubt what they had actually seen and whether it was even a dog they had been seeing. Weather conditions: Cloudy and humid. No wind. Luna cycle: The Moon was in its first quarter. Building Description: – The Building is an imposing two story historic building consisting of red brick and timber. – The house was designed as English colonial style with regency details. – The red brick was imported from Melbourne. – The building is about 164 years old. – There appeared to be a dining room, Lounge, Parlour room, kitchen, bathroom and one other room down stairs, there also was a cupboard under the stairs that had an entry hatch that lead to under the floor boards. – There were two sets of stair cases leading upstairs. There was one bathroom, and office (may have been a bedroom at one stage), a store room, Master bedroom (with added covered sunroom, that was being used as a storage space.) Another office with a small round desk with a lot of childrens toys and couch in the room and another office that had two desks and a round table in the centre (That is the room that might have been two rooms at one stage.) There appeared to be an attic upstairs but we were unable to get up there as we had no ladder. Temperatures in building: At 20:55 Start time Front Lounge: Surface temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 24 Degrees Celsius Board Room: Surface temperature 20.5 Degrees Celsius Surface temperature (fire place end) 20.3 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Entrance Way: Surface temperature (by door) 19.8 Degrees Celsius Surface temperature back wall 20.4 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Kitchen: Surface temperature by window 20.1 Degrees Celsius Surface temp by stairway 20.3 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Office Upstairs: Surface temperature 22.1 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Bathroom Upstairs: Ambient temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Toilet Upstairs: Surface temperature 20.9 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 23 Degrees Celsius Store room upstairs: Surface temperature 21.1 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 23 Degrees Celsius Master bedroom: Surface temperature 20.4 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 23 Degrees Celsius Sun room upstairs: Surface temperature 20.9 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Upstairs Large office: Surface temperature 22 Degrees Celsius Surface temperature 21 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 23 Degrees Celsius Office with toys: Surface temperature 19.7 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 23 Degrees Celsius Downstairs Bathroom: Surface temperature 19.6 Degrees Celsius Ambient temperature 23 Degrees Celsius Second interval – The following temperatures were noted: Ambient: Downstairs Front Reception room 20 Board Room 20.5 Hallway 19.8 Kitchen 20.1 Childrens Meeting Room 19.7 Front Office 19.2 Bathroom/Toilet 19.6 Upstairs Back Office 22.1 Bathroom 21.6 Toilet 20.9 Storeroom 21.1 “Rest Home” Room 20.4 Sun Room 20.9 Childrens Room 19.6 First impressions: Kimberley – Upon entering the building we were hit with a smell that reminded you of an old building. I got a feeling of calm and warmth, but on entering the upstairs master bedroom and the office with the table in the middle and lots of children’s toys there was heaviness in those rooms. I still felt like it was a calm environment. There was no change of emotion or mood while entering the building. We were still able to have a laugh and be jovial. But it did feel as though we were being watched at times. We started with a walk through with all the lights on, and we were ‘taking in’ the building and all of its rooms. Getting used to the sounds that the building made and taking photos and base line readings in all the different rooms of the house. The rooms that stood out to me was the upstairs master bedroom, the room with the small round table and lots of children’s toys and the larger office room upstairs with the two desks and the round table in the middle. Barbara – A Lovely old building that had been really well renovated to the point that it didn’t appear to be old. Once we moved out of the front reception room and board room however the condition of the house became more original (although had still been very well maintained and slight renovations had been done, including modern bathrooms, toilet facilities and kitchen). Some of the rooms seemingly had not been used for a while as cobwebs hung down from the ceilings and sometimes brushed against us as we walked around. In these unused rooms there was also a musty odour. The house also looks a lot bigger from the outside so I was surprised that there was not more to it the first time we walked through. In a couple of rooms I got a feeling of pressure in my ears but I did not get any emotional feelings in the house (besides just loving it because it’s a historical building). We also noticed that some of the rooms smelt old and musty or of ‘cat urine’.   Amy – “old. but well-used”, was my first impression. Certainly dated but you could tell the people now were using the building to the best advantage for their particular needs. I actually thought it would be a nice place to hold a wedding reception or other such special event! I like the fact it is a well-used place which I think made me feel comfortable and relaxed when walking around it. No eerie sensations like I had at Kingseat. I loved all the little stairwells and the layout of the rooms. It was easy to imagine how the rooms would have been used when it was still the homestead of the Massey family. Mark – It’s a ‘busy’ building that obviously has many people working and communing daily within its many rooms. There’s a real ‘life’ in there though. Lots of caring, teaching and community spirit evident all around. To me it felt like a happy and productive, yet peaceful place to be. A place of support, learning and compassion. Experiences: Mark – I went outside to take photos of the front of the building. The lights were on in the home. As I got into position, I saw a shadow who I thought was either Barbara or Kimberley standing in a top floor, left hand window. I couldn’t see any features, just a dark person form looking out the window. I didn’t want them in my shot so waited until they moved from the window. The ‘person’ then moved out of sight and the lights turned off immediately as this happened. I wanted the front window lights on for my shot, so quickly leapt a few meters closer to the house, yelled up to whoever had left the room to please turn the lights back on in that room. This was a matter of about 4 seconds from when the lights went off. No one answered me. I yelled out again. Still no answer. After a couple of minutes, Kimberley who had heard me yelling out, came to see what I wanted. She claimed it wasn’t her that had been in that room at the time and the others in the team had been in a whole different part of the building at the time. I am now kicking myself, that I didn’t take any photos whilst the shadow person was standing there! I only have the after- photo I took about 4 seconds after the ‘person’ left the window. Kimberley – The only thing I saw was in the larger upstairs office (the one with two desks and a small round table). Amy was sitting at the desk on the left hand side in the corner. I was sitting at the round table facing the wall opposite the table and Barbara was sitting across from me on the round table. I saw a shadow against the wall, of an arm and a hand with five fingers. At first I didn’t react to it as I thought it was one of our arms and hands. However when I looked over to Amy she had her hands in her pockets and when I asked whether she had moved her arms she said ‘no they had been in her pockets the entire time’. Then I looked at Barbara and she was holding the spirit box with both hands. So I tried to recreate the shadow and was only able to do it by standing next to Barbara and placing my arm and hand just over her head. There were no trees outside the window or anything else that may have cast a shadow similar to an arm and hand. Also in the same room earlier in the evening I felt a rather large gust of wind it was so strong in fact that it blew some of my hair back. At first I thought it was Mark walking passed me but as we tried to recreate it he was not able to do it. However on closer inspection there did appear to be a breeze coming from underneath the door, which might explain it. Barbara – The “Rest Home” room was very interesting. We referred to the room by that name because it was a large room with comfy chairs which had been placed in front of the windows and it smelt old and musty. I had a sense of something being there and I think that most of our group also felt that way. I thought that the Childrens Office beside it also felt as if there was a presence. The Large Office across the hallway from these rooms didn’t have the same eerie feeling but that was where Kimberley saw a shadow hand on the wall and we got reasonable results from the spirit box there. While Kimberley, Amy and I were in the large upstairs office trying a communication session with the spirit box Kimberley saw a large shadow of a hand reach out on the wall. When we tried to recreate what she had seen we discovered that the hand had actually been over my head as I was holding the spirit box. Amy – The Master Bedroom stood out to me the most. This is the one where my imagination decided to run away from me with the idea of something coming out of the double wardrobes at the end of the room! But that was based on nothing more than too many horror novels and movies, and not anything I heard or saw in the homestead. Energy Fluctuations: As usual, a full room by room, periodic EMF and temperature sweep was done at intervals throughout the night. EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) levels throughout the location were pretty flat in all rooms. Only exceptions being near the power meter box I the kitchen which was giving off an unusually high, ‘off the scale’ field reading. Temperature fluctuations: Kimberley – The only cold spot that I felt was at the end of the investigation at almost midnight, where I had become very cold all of a sudden, my skin had become icy. However we did not record the temperature then. But throughout the night the temperature remained the same. Mark – I did experience a few brief, icy cold ‘whips’ of breeze around my neck. Once whilst ascending a thin wooden stairwell and another on entering one of the closed rooms upstairs. At the time i dismissed it as random breezes, but there werent any open doors or windows i could see. Possible odd air movement perhaps? Undecided. Trigger objects: A communication session was attempted in a children’s upstairs Toy / Play room. As a trigger object, we used one of the toys and asked if anyone would like to play with it. Also set up was a blue glowstick . This was to be knocked over or moved if ‘anyone’ wanted or was able to do so, to give us a sign of their presence.     Ghost Box A “Ghost Box” originally named the “Frank’s Box” was created in 2002 by EVP enthusiast Frank Sumption for supposed real-time communication with the dead, Sumption claims he received his design instructions from the spirit world. The device is described as a combination white noise generator and AM radio receiver modified to sweep back and forth through the AM band selecting split-second snippets of sound. Critics of the device say its effect is subjective and incapable of being replicated, and since it relies on radio noise, any meaningful response a user gets is purely coincidental, or simply the result of pareidolia. However we have been trialing a box within our EVP communication sessions in the interest of open minded-ness and practical experimentation. Summary:   Mark saw a figure in the front window which turned out to be none of the team, the same figure also appears to have turned out the light. Kimberley saw the shadow of a hand on the wall in the same room and I do appear to have captured very faint responses during EVP sessions in the house. Unfortunately we were unable to actually capture any of this as photographic evidence and the audio was barely audible so also cannot be considered as positive evidence.   Amy – I didn’t really feel or see anything, although I was in rooms with Kimberley on a couple of occasions when she saw things (like a hand/shadow moving on the wall) but I remained blissfully unaware of anything! I got slightly jittery about different noises by the end of the night, but I think I was tired and they were probably normal sounds associated with an old house settling. I enjoyed it, and think it went really well – we seemed to have a lot of time for completing things without feeling rushed, re time etc. I Feel the second floor was worthy of more investigating, whilst the 1st floor didn’t seem to have any potential – but that is gut instinct and not based on anything else I must stress. We did a few EVP sessions as a whole group and also one in the old master bedroom with just myself and Kimberley. I didn’t ask any questions myself but others did and there were occasional knocks etc. These could have been in response to the questions, but I didn’t feel there was enough evidence to prove this as they could have also been just normal ‘old house’ noises. Personally I didn’t walk away from the Massey Homestead feeling like I had seen/felt/heard anything that provided evidence that it was haunted. Might be wrong of course – and I certainly didn’t hear or see anything that others in the group heard and saw, apart from the occasion knock which I still put down to the house settling. It was a great few hours spent in the homestead, and lovely to see an old building being used so productively by the community. This feeling of warmth and current occupation certainly added to my own relaxed feeling when we were doing the investigation. Enjoyed spending a few hours getting to know other’s in the group a bit better and found it interesting that some members of the group saw/heard a lot of activity whilst I honestly didn’t see or hear anything out of the ordinary. Might be a case of me not being quite so in-tune with paranormal activity though!! Mark – I really enjoyed my time in this building. It was a quiet, peaceful and cool , clear night which helped in making perfect invesigation conditions. The smallish team this time worked very well together on documenting the surroundings and experimenting with various techniques. I personally didnt see, hear or notice anything within my time there which would lead me to believe that the Massey Homestead is haunted, though it would certainly be nice to think that William Massey still resided there and was looking over his old abode, seeing how it has developed through the years and the positive and community caring way it is being utilised to this day. I think he’d be very pleased indeed. The team took hundreds of photos of the full interior and exterior of the homestead. Plus about 6 hours of audio and around 3 hours video using standard and IR nightshot cameras. Communication attempts were conducted and audio recorded. A few unusual moments occurred during our time there that we could not explain, though we unfortunately were unable to properly document these occurrences as definite evidence. A big thank you to the Massey Homestead for the pleasure and honour of allowing us unaided afterhours access to this beautiful and iconic prestigious South Auckland property. Acknowledgement and a big thank you to Christopher Paxton, who’s fascinating written history we have reproduced here.         [...] Read more...
The Newton Ghost
The Newton Ghost25/07/2019Hauntings / Investigations / Paranormal New Zealand / True Ghost Stories / Urban Legends  One historic ghostly encounter that apparently terrorised many inner city Auckland revelers back in 1901, was known simply as ”The Newton Ghost”. This alleged spectre was said to haunt the central Auckland areas of Grafton, Eden Terrace, Newton and Western Park. The elusive phantom was described as being ”clad in a white sheet which seemed to emit a phosphorescent glow”. The Newton Ghost, evidently rather fit, was said to ”leap out to terrify men and women walking the district’s streets at night, then bound away”. Witnesses reported the ‘ghost’ ”ran away at speed, bounding over high fences to escape.” At one point a local constable nearly captured the assailant. However, the agile ”Newton Ghost” pulled a swift ”leapfrog” manoeuvre over his head and escaped. Newspapers, like the popular and much-read Auckland Star, got in on the ghost hype, calling for vigilante action. Suggesting the perpetrator be delivered a ”non-fatal wound with horsewhips and rifles loaded with rock salt”. Another newspaper, The Observer, demanded he or she is “soundly thrashed” when captured. A special patrol team was set up to search the streets in order to locate this mystery menace, whose reputation and stories were swiftly starting to spread. The notorious Newton Ghost had caused quite a stir, appearing in numerous places around the inner and even the outer-lying CBD areas, all in one night. To the point, it was thought that a few others had taken on the guise, in a copycat effect. How could this mystery person be covering so much range and frightening so many unsuspecting people in such a short time? Despite the many hours put in by local police and the community patrol, no one was ever caught or arrested for the strange incidents. The mystery ghost eluded many for some time, then seemed to just disappear forever. The Newton Ghost to this day remains a mystery. Who was this agile and physically remarkable individual that terrified and escaped so many for so long? What the heck was used for its alleged ”phosphorescent glow”? If it is in fact not a ghost, then I’m assuming he or she that successfully pulled off this stunt would be long deceased by now; but if anyone knows anything, this enthusiastically inquisitive paranormalist is dead keen to listen!     [...] Read more...
Ghostly gushing mystifies Regent workers
Ghostly gushing mystifies Regent workers13/03/2018Hauntings / News Articles / Supernatural NewsBy Chris Morris Sarah Anderson does not want to spook the audience. But she is struggling to explain recent mysterious incidents inside Dunedin’s Regent Theatre. The latest came early yesterday, when, in a dark and empty upstairs function room, a tap turned itself on. It began gushing water, flooding the room and then the box office and bathrooms below, triggering an alarm that brought security guards to the scene. They arrived to find the flooded room still locked and secure, with nobody inside, and the tap seemingly undamaged. The theatre was closed yesterday while contractors repaired damaged carpet and ceilings, but was expected to reopen today, and Friday night’s ballet, The Piano, would continue as scheduled. But the incident had Ms Anderson, the theatre’s director, scratching her head. In the past six months, lights, fans and other electrical appliances had also turned themselves on inside the empty building, she said. Two weeks ago, another tap came on and also caused a flood in the theatre. And, in each case, there was nobody around to point the finger at, she said. “And you can tell, because we have codes and alarms in every area, so if anyone sets them off we’d know about it.” A logical mind might conclude the theatre’s problems stemmed from its refurbishment nearly a decade earlier, and were only now showing themselves, she said. But, as with other recent incidents, yesterday morning’s gushing tap remained unexplained, Ms Anderson said. “People are scratching their heads thinking `are the spirits that do live here getting a little bit more forceful in making their presence known?’.” The theatre, which opened in 1928, was built on the site of the former Ross Building. It was destroyed when fire swept through on September 8, 1879, claiming 12 lives, including four children. An archaeological investigation in 2011 found the theatre’s orchestra pit was built directly on top of the remnants of the older building. Ghost stories had swirled around the theatre for years, including tales of “the lady in the dressing rooms”, but most incidents appeared benign. In 2015, during a run of Phantom of the Opera performances, two battery-operated clocks in the upstairs function room stopped at exactly the same time. Two patrons, Alan and Jenny Bromell, also reported feeling someone – or some thing – kicking the underside of Mrs Bromell’s seat. An usher sat down and also felt the thumping. The incident also remained unexplained. So is the building haunted? “There’s nobody who works here who would say, hand on heart, that it doesn’t have residents that are not so easy to be spotted,” Ms Anderson said. chris.morris@odt.co.nz [...] Read more...
Chillingham Castle – Northumberland, UK
Chillingham Castle – Northumberland, UK16/02/2020Haunted Locations / United KingdomLocated in the heart of Northumberland, Chillingham Castle is known as one of Britain’s most haunted historic castles. This 13th century castle has a rich history of bloody battles, many of which continue to haunt its premises. From children walled up whilst still alive, to a vast array of tortured souls, many spirits haunt the halls of this ancient castle. The most well-known ghosts of Chillingham Castle include the ‘Blue Boy’ who haunts the Pink Room of the castle, Lady Mary Berkeley who wanders the halls searching for her husband, and John Sage who is known as the castle’s torturer. We stayed a night in the Guards Room, and I spent a good few hours roaming the halls and sitting in darkness talking and listening to the chilly air, in the hopes of capturing a response. Aside from some weird ‘’footstep’’ type sounds and shuffling from darkened corners of the huge courtyard, it was a quiet night. No ”shadow people”, no cups or glasses flying across the room, no touching or scratches, no slamming doors, moving chairs or distant screams that I’ve been hearing about happening so often. Funny that. Perhaps the amazing activity only occurs during paid Ghost Tour events and documentary filming? Note that on this night, we were the only people staying in the rooms aside from the couple that run the place. A very cool castle that’d I’d certainly like to spend more time in. It has an amazing atmosphere, but I’m guessing i’ll have to pay to experience any ”real” paranormal activity’. I’ll be sure to check back on this intriguing place in a few years. – Mark [...] Read more...

“Pioneers in the field…. Leading the way with Paranormal Research in New Zealand” – Connor Biddle, Paranormal Encounters.

“I have much respect for the level of study Mark and his team have put into the paranormal phenomenon through the years. His work is interesting and very well researched.” – Murray Bott, U.F.O Researcher & NZ’s MUFON representative.

”Refreshing to see solid and innovative investigation work, done with passion and honesty. Haunted Auckland stand out in the crowd and dont fit any typical mould. This is a very good thing”. – Paranormal Review newsletter

 

Paranormal New Zealand is the home of Haunted Auckland, a Paranormal Investigation and Research group.

Whether you’ve been aware of Mark Wallbank’s research work since the 1980s, attended his early 90s discussion events, received the quarterly newsletters, subscribed to his popular mid-2000s online blog BizarreNZ, followed the Haunted Auckland team since 2010, or just recently discovered us; WELCOME and thanks for joining in the fun, learning, and adventures.

We are a dedicated group of paranormal researchers, all having one thing in common – a passion and drive to find out as much as humanly possible about the mysterious and unknown field that is the Paranormal, as well as documenting New Zealand’s historical buildings and landmarks in their current state.

Paranormal (păr′ə-nôr′məl) adjective.
Paranormal events are purported phenomena described in popular culture, folk, and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described as beyond normal experience or scientific explanation. The term “paranormal” has existed in the English language since at least 1920. The word consists of two parts: “para” and “normal”. The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is “normal” and anything that is above, beyond, or contrary to that is “para”.

We’re always learning new things, so hope to pass that knowledge on to you all so that you might learn as we do, in this crazy but fascinating world of the paranormal.

Our primary reason for existing as a team is to experience first-hand and document any perceived paranormal activity so that we may learn to better understand the phenomena and the misconceptions surrounding it. Our aim as a research team is to study these phenomena as closely as possible to form more educated opinions via experimentation, documentation, and simply being present at the moment to record and respond accordingly to it and wherever it may lead us.

Firstly a few things you should know about Haunted Auckland. We’re a small Auckland based team of friendly, dedicated, well seasoned and enthusiastic researchers with differing levels of experience, knowledge, skills and expertise.  Our investigators are intelligent, honest, compassionate and possess critically thinking (yet wide open) minds. We’re also very good listeners.

We work closely with Property Managers, local Councils and Historical organisations to help preserve local histories, bring further awareness and raise funds by running public events.

In our time, the team has successfully raised many (much needed) thousands of  dollars, to assist with the upkeep and general running of these wonderful historic locations. Something we are very proud of.

We are also very proud to have worked alongside and assist both the NZ Police and NZ Fire Services with our work.

Haunted Auckland has it’s roots deep and strong. Going back to 1984, with a team (Auckland Ghost Hunting Group) formed by H.A founder, Mark Wallbank; making them NZ’s longest running Paranormal field-research entity.

What we aren’t:

We aren’t Ghost Busters, Ghost Hunters, Exorcists, Mediums, Clairvoyants or Psychics and we don’t do clearings, blessings or rid homes of alleged demons. We don’t do prayers, rituals, or bring in any religious elements to our work. We aren’t mental health experts or sleep disorder professionals, though we do work closely with mental health professionals.

We travel that spooky road, between sceptic and believer. We are happy to sit right in amongst it all and take the research wherever it may lead us.

While we are sceptical and doubtful of certain cases and ideas, we have seen and experienced enough in our time to realise that dedication to the research is definitely a worthwhile cause. Instead of blindly believing (or disbelieving), or just accepting what we are told is true and real, we prefer to seek out the answers ourselves through first-hand, “boots on the ground” investigation. Experimentation, observation and documentation. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t consider ourselves experts.

We don’t make bold claims we can’t back up with evidence or reliable data.

The team prides itself in being quite a bit different from other paranormal investigation teams out there. We tend to stay away from the mainstream gadget fads.

Research time in locations is valuable and a privilege, so wasting it on pointless flashy boxes that offer no accurate data in return or are vague and open to interpretation (as well as mis-interpretation) is counter-productive and a poorly used opportunity. Thinking outside of the ‘’box’’ confinements of the popular T.V and social media- lead mainstream is something, the team sees as important if the field is to move forward and gain any serious credibility or traction within scientific or academic circles.

The team utilises a combination of old-school thinking and techniques, coupled with a modern way of thinking. Simple and stripped back yet embracing current technology to work though theories and ideas that may find their way into our research. We don’t make claims we can’t back up with evidence or reliable data.

We pride ourselves in keeping it real. No faking evidence or embellishing of facts. If nothing happened, nothing happened.

Why we don’t offer Clearings and Banishings

We decided many years ago to stop offering clearings and cleansings, as the more we learned, the more unethical (even damaging) we could see it was on a few levels.
We wanted to experience and observe these ”beings” and learn about them. Learn from them directly, if such a thing is possible.
To hopefully interact and document as much as we could of it to advance the study of the paranormal.

If the theories on spirits are correct, then clearing, or ”banishing” becomes nothing more than a punishment, torture, an eviction from a home, or even a death. Death to a person (possibly living in an alternative dimension we are yet to even understand or comprehend), that has as much right to exist as ourselves.
Until ghosts, spirits, negative energies, and demons have been sufficiently verified to actually exist, (to which they as yet haven’t, outside of belief, possible misinterpretation, and superstition) it would be unethical to assume a position of knowledge and superiority enough to think we have rights that far outweigh theirs. That we may enter their home and try to evict or eradicate them as if they were cockroaches or some other household pest.

It’s about respect, understanding and compassion; on both sides.

What we are, is “real world” researchers. Learning by doing. If we don’t know something, we say so.

We don’t charge anything for what we do. The opportunity to investigate a location and hopefully further our research is its own great reward.

We follow the Scientific Method as closely as we are able to; though it’s not always easy to create a fully controlled environment and the fact that true paranormal activity is sporadic and very rare means we don’t always have a lot to go on. Still, we do our best with what we have to work with at the time and go wherever it takes us.

We go to where the stories come from in order to see for ourselves. We talk to the people involved to get their sides to the occurrences.

Our conclusions are never really final and we find multiple return visits yield the best results; so have built up trusting relationships with quite a few locations within the historical communities in this country.

Our clean and respected reputation within historical circles is something the team prides itself on, as it has grown over the last decade and is based on well over 200 investigation sessions within that time.

For a full listing of References & testimonials, please visit our TESTIMONIALS page on this website.

Exploration – Observation – Experimentation – Documentation … Ultimately leading to Interaction, Understanding and Conclusion.

KEEPING IT REAL

Please check out our website and don’t hesitate to make contact if you have any queries or would like to know more about what we do.

We’re always happy to talk about spooks!

Through the years the team have investigated:

Auckland

Wellington

Northland

                                                                    Dargaville Central Hotel

Coromandel

Waikato

Hawkes Bay

Central North Island

  •                                                                Chateau Tongariro Hotel                                                               Jubilee Pavillion – Marton

 

Northern South Island

                                                                                 Trout Hotel

West Coast and Central South Island

  • Seaview Asylum
  • Otira Stagecoach Hotel

Canterbury

  • The Old Shipping Office (Akaroa)

Otago

  • Cardrona Hotel
  • Vulcan Hotel (St Bathans)

Dunedin

United Kingdom

  • The Drovers Inn – Scotland
  • Traquair House – Innerleithen
  • Ancient Ram Inn – Wooton-Under-Edge
  • 30 East Drive – Pontefract
  • Boleskine House – Scotland
  • Ballachulish Hotel – Glencoe
  • Chillingham Castle
  • The Golden Fleece – York
  • Bunchrew House – Scotland
  • Oswald House – Kirkcaldy
  • The Skirrid Inn – Abergavenny
  • Halston Hall – Carlisle
  • Airth Castle
  • Dalhousie Castle
  • Barcaldine Castle – Oban
  • The Witchery – Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Vaults – Scotland
  • Touchwood House – Scotland
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard – Scotland
  • The Hellfire Club – Ireland
  • Ostrich Inn – Slough
  • Caynton Caves –  Shropshire
  • Four Crosses Inn – Staffordshire
  • Torwood House – Scotland
  • Dalhousie Castle – Scotland
  • Windhouse – Yell, Shetland
  • Swan Hotel – Wooton-on-Edge
  • Weston Hall – Staffordshire
  • Clava Cairns – Inverness, Scotland
  • The Queen’s Head Hotel – Troutbeck
  • Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre – Hinkley

Australia

YHA [Katoomba]

Hartley Village [NSW]

Quarantine Station [Manly]

The Russell Hotel [Sydney]

Maitland Gaol [NSW]

Kilmore Gaol [Melbourne]

Aradale Lunatic Asylum [Melbourne]

 

Hawaii

Kaniakapupu Palace Ruins – Nuúanu Pali – Manoa – Oahu Cemetery [Oahu]

Norfolk Island

New Gaol – The Crank Mill – Bloody Bridge

Cryptozoological Field Research

YOWIE RESEARCH: Blue Mountains [ Australia] – Kanangra Ranges [Australia] – Blue Mountains Exploration: Research Area – Bullaburra [Australia]

MOEHAU RESEARCH: Coromandel Ranges [New Zealand] – Urerewa Ranges [New Zealand]

LAKE MONSTER RESEARCH: Loch Ness [Scotland]

 

… as well as many private home visits around Auckland and surrounding towns and extensive investigation and exploration internationally.

Some of the services and experience we have on offer:

Research and Investigation of buildings, historical locations and businesses

Photo & video analysis

Photographic enhancements

General paranormal consultation

Historical Research

Conferences / Public speaking

Educational talks & fundraising for historical locations

Media interviews