Helensville ghost story

MYSTERIOUS FIGURE: Property manager Brigid Curran sent in this photo of a Helensville property taken on her phone. A mysterious figure appears in the photo by the fence.
MYSTERIOUS FIGURE: Property manager Brigid Curran sent in this photo of a Helensville property taken on her phone. A mysterious figure appears in the photo by the fence.

A property manager got a fright when a ghostly figure turned up in a photo she had taken.

Brigid Curran used her cellphone to take some pictures of a rural Helensville property she oversees, and it was not until she returned to her office that Brigid saw what appeared to be the figure of a woman standing in the background by the fence.

"I thought, hang on. There was no one standing there when I took the photo," she says.

CLOSE UP: A close up of of the figure behind the fence.
CLOSE UP: A close up of of the figure behind the fence.

Brigid sent the photo to the tenant, Janet Stansfield, who replied saying she was unfazed.

"Oh that’s just my Maori lady, she likes my garden," she told Brigid.

Janet, who moved into the house a year ago, says the woman’s presence has been there the whole time.

"As soon as Brigid sent me the photo I knew exactly who it was," she says.

"She doesn’t look like an ancient Maori lady. She looks like she’s wearing a t-shirt."

"I don’t know how many times I have seen her since I moved here. I’m used to her being around, so it’s not a big deal for me."

Janet says her house is also home to the spirit of a cat.

"I’ll see the cat out of the corner of my eye sometimes, and think it’s my cat, but then I’ll look for him and there’s nothing there.

"I’m always a person that tries to look for an explanation."

She says she didn’t see anyone else at the time Brigid took the photo.

Janet says her daughter has also seen the woman and the cat.

"Some people can see them, some can’t," she says.

"But people are becoming more open about it. It used to be taboo to talk about it."

Janet started seeing spirits as a very young child, and says others in her family also have the ability to see them.

She says it has not always been an acceptable thing to talk about though.

"My great-grandmother was institutionalised for being able to see them," she says.

- Debra Hunt is an AUT journalism student

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