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Paranormal stories from New Zealand’s buildings: part 3

Warning: contains topics that may cause an uneasy feeling. Advised to not read at night or rather with someone when easily feeling unsettled.

New Zealand has many buildings that behold ghost stories, or well, paranormal ones. I’ve always been interested in such stories, including abandoned buildings. Sure, the question will always be the same: are such stories true? Multiple buildings have been visited by paranormal scientists, and they said it was true. In several parts, I’ll be telling all paranormal stories and the history of New Zealand’s buildings! Today: the third part!

  1. Alberton
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The first floor of this historic Auckland house has been the site of multiple reported sightings of ghostly women dressed in Victorian clothes. One example was a man came downstairs and asked the person at the reception who the woman upstairs was. She answered ‘you were the only one up there’. Retired Heritage New Zealand employee John Webster was looking down from Alberton’s upper verandah and saw a lady on the lawn wearing a long, old-fashioned dress. He only saw her momentarily then she was gone. He went downstairs to see who it was dressed up for the occasion but she was nowhere to be found. One of the most dramatic events happened on the day of a visiting “bridezilla’s” very stressful wedding. She claimed that she had been chased out of the guest room by the Kerr Taylor sisters. The Alberton staff members realised that such an occurrence made sense because the ladies of Alberton would not have tolerated such inappropriate behavior.

2. Ewelme Cottage & Kinder House

Ewelme Cottage | Activity in Auckland, New Zealand
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There are claims that the cottage is haunted by spirits of women and children, notably a young girl who has reportedly appeared by an oak tree in the garden. A local clairvoyant claimed that this ghost may be the spirit of a young female who was insane. It’s claimed that the house is haunted by the apparition of a man. One woman named Charlotte Hawkins had a lot to say about this particular cottage. She heard the bells in the hall start ringing – these bells don’t work, yet they rang in a shrill manner for approximately 1 minute. The moment the bell had stopped ringing a gush of wind went through the house and slammed all the doors, one of which was jammed for about 10 minutes. One of her other colleagues had reported being tripped up in the study. The description he gave was that he “felt two hands on his shoulders push him.” Every now and then she plays music on her phone or on the stereo, and occasionally it cuts out or goes blurry as if something is interfering with the signal – or even disagrees with the type of music she’s playing. There are many visitors who report seeing a little girl stand by the old oak tree. This tree has recently fallen over due to rot and a storm, and it’s possible that any occurrences (or lack thereof) are in conjunction with the tree.

3. Highwic

A Brief History of Highwic, New Zealand
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There have been claimed sightings of a ghost in a bedroom. It’s also said to be the home to a ghostly canine. A spokeswoman claimed that a black dog has been seen running across the garden to the property’s boundary. The Bucklands were known to be dog lovers and would have had many dogs. The dairy cellar is also a paranormal hot spot. Many people sense the presence of a child in there. Some even saw the apparition of a face looking through the window.

4. Napier Prison

Search the List | Napier Prison (Former) | Heritage New Zealand
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People have reputedly heard unexplained footsteps and voices, disembodied faces, doors being opened or closed of their own volition, and the ghost of a murderer on the anniversary of his execution. Many believe the spirit of former prisoner Roland Herbert Edwards, who was executed here, haunts the prison. He was a mass murderer and died on July 15. One backpacker claims that while asleep in one of the cells a wispy dark figure held a hand over her mouth and threatened to slice her throat. Others saw shadow figures, heard ghostly whispers and footsteps all over the prison.

5. Cumberland College

About Cumberland College, Cumberland College, University of Otago, New  Zealand
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The college is reputed to be haunted by a spirit known as “the Grey Lady”, the apparition possibly dating from the college’s time as a nurse’s hostel. In May of 2012, a media frenzy took hold when it was reported that several students and staff at Cumberland had seen the Grey Lady. One sighting involved two female students who at 1:00 a.m. one Tuesday morning encountered the ghost as they made their way to the laundry room on the first floor. These two women smelled “something weird” so they turned around. They felt a cold spot then they saw a large figure in the middle of the hallway. They described it as being dark but glowing at the bottom. These two women were not the only witnesses. Kitchen staff and an RA had also seen this apparition that same month. One resident of Cumberland even took a photo of the Grey Lady as she stood looking out one of the residence hall’s windows, silhouetted by the room’s light. She’s believed to be a woman who was a patient who gave birth at Hayward College – when the building was Queen Mary Maternity Hospital. It’s stated that this woman was deemed “unfit to be a mother” at which point the nurse who was attending her took her baby away. This patient died shortly after this. The nurse who had been ordered to take her baby then started to complain the ghost of this woman was haunting her where she lived. She was staying at the nurse’s hostel that’s today Cumberland.

Which story had you heard before? And which one seems the most ‘creepy’ to you?

Love, Skye Lewis/Deem ❤

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