Gef The Talking Mongoose Grafitti Art by Bruce Mahalski – Dunedin

  Recently, whilst travelling down South I went on a bit of a mission to try and find a little known about, secretly hidden and covertly painted piece of graffiti art in Dunedin. It is a painting by prolific local artist Bruce Mahalski. The painting depicts a mysterious character that existed back in the 1930s,… Continue reading Gef The Talking Mongoose Grafitti Art by Bruce Mahalski – Dunedin

The PumpHouse Theatre

The PumpHouse Theatre is located in the picturesque Killarney Park which sits on the edge of the equally beautiful and intriguing, Lake Pupuke. The PumpHouse operates as a venue for hire for the performing arts. It hosts a wide range of theatre, from plays, musicals, dance, stand-up comedy and many other kinds of events. But… Continue reading The PumpHouse Theatre

At Night at the Vulcan Hotel

I thought I’d share this here. It’s a chapter from my Haunted New Zealand Roadtrip book on an intriguing old histoical Pub / Hotel down in the stunning Central Otago region. We slowly crawled along the gravel road that passes through this “sprawling metropolis” – about five small historical houses, a post office and a… Continue reading At Night at the Vulcan Hotel

Unusual sudden battery drainage of all equipment during investigation – Thoughts?

Hi all, This is a question aimed more at other researchers / investigators and teams etc, because I know they’ll definitely relate to this, but also, I’m interested in the opinions of others. A reoccurring event that seems to happen at many paranormal investigations, is battery drain. Cameras, torches and anything in your arsenal; powered… Continue reading Unusual sudden battery drainage of all equipment during investigation – Thoughts?

The Old Melbourne Gaol (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

It’d been many, many years since I’d been to Melbourne. In-fact the last time I’d been I think Kylie and Jason were still mulling about on Ramsey street and I remember peeking over the fence at a friend’s house thinking that the set of Neighbours was on the other side. That was over 30 years… Continue reading The Old Melbourne Gaol (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

The Toy Keyboard under the floor

This is one of the more intriguing of the allegedly haunted objects passed on to me through the years.  It’s a small plastic DSI electronic organ keyboard, given to me around 2007 via a work acquaintence that knew I had an interest in this kind of thing and thought I’d like it. Unfortunately I couldn’t… Continue reading The Toy Keyboard under the floor

Molloy’s Antiques Centre Investigation [Haunted Object experiment]

Can spirits attach themselves to an item or location? Can an object become cursed, possessed or haunted? How could an object store something like that? If one item can hold an energy / curse / entity (in theory), what happens if a whole room is filled with these items? Would that mean a concentration of… Continue reading Molloy’s Antiques Centre Investigation [Haunted Object experiment]

Spirit Attachment Research session

Can spirits attach themselves to an item or location? Can an object become cursed, possessed or haunted? If one item can hold an energy / curse / entity (in theory), what happens if a whole room is filled with these items? Would that mean a concentration of energy? A clashing of energies? Would entities interact… Continue reading Spirit Attachment Research session

What if time isn’t linear?

Note This is just some of my own thoughts and doesn’t represent the opinions of Haunted Auckland. I’m not a physicist or a mathematician, so someone who is may tell me I’m talking a load of rubbish. However, the concept of time not being linear interests me and I think worth sharing with others to… Continue reading What if time isn’t linear?

Not Making Excuses

I’m often asked, “You’ve been doing this all your life now Mark, have you got any cool photos of ghosts?”, and, “What’s your best evidence?” My reply: “No”, and “Bugger all really.” How can someone be looking for something for this long, yet still not have any proof that it’s even there? Not wanting to… Continue reading Not Making Excuses

The Nature and Existence of Ghosts

Macbeth seeing the ghost of Banquo - by Théodore Chassériau

“What are ghosts?” – This is a question which is often pondered by paranormal investigators. A recent Reddit post started me thinking on my theories on the nature and existence of ghosts and I decided I would take the opportunity to expand on my thoughts here.

Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?

  Q: I recently read your book Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries about the mistakes that ghost hunters make using EMF detectors during investigations and how they are not productive. However, I always understood that EMF meters/readers were used to measure EMF levels because high levels of EMF could cause hallucinations that… Continue reading Can Electromagnetic Fields Create Ghosts?

PSI Theories: A Twist on the Weapons Focus Effect

A friend of mine (Terri) recently drew my attention to the what I believe is known as the ‘Weapons Focus Effect’, this basically says that if an eye-witness is in a situation where they are threatened by the presence of a weapon then it may hinder their ability to clearly identify the person holding said… Continue reading PSI Theories: A Twist on the Weapons Focus Effect

Bizarre conspiracy claims involving Paranormal NZ

A bizarre and amusing webpage came to our attention recently. It involves an alleged cover-up by Paranormal NZ, aka Haunted Auckland, in a case named the “Johanna Laing Conspiracy Theory”. The webpage gives information on the alleged sighting of a ghost in Laingholm, Auckland, purported to be the spirit of Johanna Laing, the daughter Edward Laing… Continue reading Bizarre conspiracy claims involving Paranormal NZ

Paranormal Theories

Ghosts; many have had experiences with them over thousands of years. Ghosts certainly aren’t a new fad. But what are ghosts? Straight up, there are only theories to explain the thousands upon thousands of documented experiences that people around the world have had since the beginning of recorded history. Ghosts and hauntings seem to be… Continue reading Paranormal Theories

What are your thoughts on the theory that ghosts are actually inter-dimensional travellers?

This is what we spend half our time trying to determine as paranormal investigators. What happens when we die? Is there an afterlife and what form does it take? What exists beyond our known reality? Why do some souls/spirits (which we tend to refer to as ghosts) seem to linger with us on Earth? Having… Continue reading What are your thoughts on the theory that ghosts are actually inter-dimensional travellers?

Theory in Fear

Batman. Not a name that necessarily comes to mind at all when it comes to conversations concerning the paranormal and hauntings; however, there is an interesting link where life may imitate art.  Dr Jonathan Crane, otherwise known Scarecrow, is a villain in the Batman universe (and who also appears in the 2005 film “Batman Begins,”… Continue reading Theory in Fear

Lisa Ward: There are many theories as to what ghosts are, or might be. Which one makes the most sense to you at this stage?

One thing I do believe is that paranormal phenomena exists, whatever that is. I don’t believe it’s just the overactive imagination of backward thinking or ghost obsessed people. Sure some paranormal-type experiences can sometimes be explained by the power of the mind and some can be attributed to normal physical events e.g. doors slamming in… Continue reading Lisa Ward: There are many theories as to what ghosts are, or might be. Which one makes the most sense to you at this stage?

Yowie – What are they?

In the years I have been conducting research into this ‘creature’ ‘legend’ or ‘myth’ known as the Yowie, the remaining question is what are they, if they are in fact real? And that is the $64000 question isn’t it? First of all let me say that this was the last time I will say ‘if’… Continue reading Yowie – What are they?

The Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans

The former gold and coal mining town of Saint Bathans, lies deep in the heart of the Maniototo District in New Zealand’s Central Otago Region. The town was named for the Scottish Borders village of Abbey Saint Bathans by early surveyor John Turnbull Thomson; the Scottish village was the birthplace of Thomson’s maternal grandfather. The… Continue reading The Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans

Matthew Tyler: What is your view on the theory that ghosts are made of, and draw upon, energy? Do you feel this is valid or plausible?

The term “energy” is one of those words which has different meanings depending on its usage and your point of view. From a scientific perspective it is used in physics to denote a property which can be transferred by the interaction of physical objects. It is a very broad concept which covers many times of… Continue reading Matthew Tyler: What is your view on the theory that ghosts are made of, and draw upon, energy? Do you feel this is valid or plausible?