Scary nights and haunted houses

00:01, Apr 26 2012
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GHOST HUNTER: Kris Dennis is involved with Haunted Auckland which studies paranormal activity.

Kris Dennis, 37, lives in Te Atatu with flatmates. He works in customer service by day and investigates paranormal activity at night. He tells reporter TUREI MACKEY some spooky tales.

I've been involved with Haunted Auckland since its inception over six months ago and have worked on six investigations so far.

We perform examinations as a group in different places, from sites with a history of alleged paranormal activity to a family household which has been experiencing strange occurrences.

Contrary to popular belief we are not wanna-be ghost-busters but a mixture of sceptics and believers.

I'm somewhere in between the two sides.

I do believe in the things which are commonly called ghosts but I think there is some scientific reasoning behind it.

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Most of our work happens during the night.

Not because that is when more paranormal activity occurs but rather it is a more convenient time to do research.

We use everything from digital cameras, video recorders, electromagnetic field meters to digital thermometers.

We record a lot throughout our time at an investigation which means nearly 4000 photos and hours of video footage in one night.

I am usually left in charge of the audio recording devices which means I can record up to 20 hours of audio.

The majority of the audio is nothing but silence but every now and again you can pick up something strange.

When we conducted an investigation at a hotel in the Waikato I left an audio device running in one of the bathrooms. During this recording I heard a voice come across as saying the name "William".

Others in the group suggested plausible reasons but having listened to the 20 hours of recording I felt I knew all the normal sounds and voices.

That hotel was one of the more active places I have been to – I saw shadows moving on walls when there was nothing, at least explainable, to cause any shadow to move.

The subject of paranormal activity has always interested me ever since I was child growing up in Timaru and Christchurch. As I got older I would conduct my own investigations with friends.

The other thing that interests me in ghost hunting is the chance to learn more about New Zealand's history because you are studying the past more than anything else.

When we finish up an investigation it is time to sit down and trawl through all the recordings.

We spilt it up among the group because one person would go crazy having to watch and listen to all the hours of footage.

I usually do a four-hour session each night and we put any unexplained phenomena up on our website and Facebook page for others to critique. That is probably the scariest part – having others pick your work to pieces.

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