And humans love a good mystery. Orton says locals laugh at the story of giant felines. Cryptozoologists the name given to people who study creatures whose existence has not been substantiated say there is a very good chance of discovering unknown animals in New Zealand. They were in a shed, waiting for the rain to stop, and on the edge of the jungle were two birds emerging from the bush, about eight feet [2.4m] in height. You can tell embellishments.". As it happens, says Lyes, Tamil sailors were known to use tame otters to catch fish. The Chatham Islands taiko had not been seen for 111 years until it was dramatically rediscovered on New Year's Day in 1978. Tony Healy has spent much of his life investigating these "out-of-place animals". The hunt for a remnant population of moose liberated in New Zealand bush in the early 1900s is more than three decades old. The hunt for a remnant population of moose liberated in New Zealand bush in the early 1900s is more than three decades old. But are there other, more mysterious creatures roaming New Zealand? This is the country, after all, that gave up the takahe half a century after it was thought to be extinct. This is the country, after all, that gave up the takahe half a century after it was thought to be extinct. Video of strange creature in Indonesia, but is it a hoax? "The Herald inclines to the belief that it is an alligator," the article said. If people think you’re a little bit crazy, they leave you alone so you can do your work. The Dunedin Dog boy. "Maybe, pre-Tasman days, some Tamil lost their otter? Too quiet for a possum.”. "I think there's possibly a rather large breed of feral cats. The Chatham Islands taiko had not been seen for 111 years until it was dramatically rediscovered on New Year’s Day in 1978. Student filmmakers recently went on the trail of a mysterious black cat in Canterbury. Last year, Mark Orton, a former film student who now works for Natural History New Zealand, trekked the region collecting eyewitness sightings for a documentary called Prints of Darkness. THE MOOSE and the kokako did, at least, once exist. retorts Tustin. “We’re supposed to have this huge population of stoats and weasels and things, yet how many New Zealanders have actually seen them? Articles and research written exclusively by the Haunted Auckland team covering strange and out-of-place creatures reported to dwelling in the forests, lakes and seas of New Zealand. Healy writes books about his research - folklore and mysteries. cryptozoologists are to be believed. She threw a shoe. He says the South Island kokako is an incredible songbird and he believes he has collected numerous tape recordings of the bird that's been dubbed "the grey ghost". Just human.”. Buckingham asks Tustin. “They [the media] play it up as a joke but it may affect the life’s work of some serious researcher. For 40 years, he's been researching. In 1966, the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand included a section headed "Animals, Mythical". I just say we’ve got to be prepared to keep an open mind and investigate the evidence. If it was a feral cat, says another interviewee, "it was an Arnold Schwarzenegger of a cat". "In all probability, such tales of water-dwelling monsters and other huge reptiles known as kumi were nothing more than distorted folk memories of the crocodile of the western Pacific or Asia. A quick dash inside and the outside lights went on to reveal: an upended bucket. By Mark Wallbank 08/08/2019 11/08/2019 "The Dunedin Dog boy" Hatupatu and the Birdwoman. A moose in Fiordland? And now moa are back in the headlines, with news that next month, an Australian researcher will cross the ditch to find a colony of the giant birds in Te Urewera. Are they just chasing dreams or is the truth out there? "When I was quite young, I saw what looked like an American mountain lion in North Queensland. I think I’m too late, I haven’t been successful… it would be so magnificent to save it from extinction.”. "If it could be proven to have existed once, then perhaps that would shatter some conceptions about New Zealand's natural history. Re-visit to Massey Homestead – Touch-light activation incidents, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IGmWDRpif8, The Onehunga Blockhouse – Session 2 – Re-visit. OK, says Vicki Hyde, president of the New Zealand Skeptics, so it wasn’t stormy. Investigating Ghosts, Cryptids, UFOs, Urban Legends and Forgotten Histories of Aotearoa. Orton says locals laugh at the story of giant felines. Naysayers reckon he’s simply recorded tui. And humans love a good mystery. ", The filmmakers based themselves at Panther's Rock Tavern, Mayfield. “In all probability, such tales of water-dwelling monsters and other huge reptiles known as kumi were nothing more than distorted folk memories of the crocodile of the western Pacific or Asia.”, The entry gives slight credence to the waitoreke an aquatic, otter-like creature. "Numerous tales of monsters, ogres, goblins and fairies, and weird `hairy men' who devoured unwary travellers and waylaid hunting parties have long been part of Maori lore," it said. I get to know when someone's telling the truth. Just human.". The rogue panther is an international cryptozoology mystery similar stories frequently circulate in United Kingdom and Australian media. ", Here's a theory: New Zealand is rumoured to have been visited by Tamil explorers. New Zealand was one of the last land masses to be found and settled by people. “Numerous tales of monsters, ogres, goblins and fairies, and weird `hairy men’ who devoured unwary travellers and waylaid hunting parties have long been part of Maori lore,” it said. He found an article from the Evening Post in 1886 about a so-called monstrous saurian reptile seen in a creek near Hamilton. He spent years visiting spots where mythical creatures had been spotted. "Too big for an ordinary cat. "The characters we featured in our film were not nutters," says Orton. Just sitting there, watching. There are unsolved things and wonderful mysteries out there.". So far, no moose "and about 2000 red deer". ", He will go back to a site he says is home to "maybe half a dozen" small, scrub moa. While initially identified as a prehistoric plesiosaur, analysis later indicated that the body was most likely the carcass of a basking shark. Photographs and tissue specimens were taken. If people think you're a little bit crazy, they leave you alone so you can do your work. Ken Tustin, 62, has amassed around 600 nights in the Fiordland bush trying to prove the existence of moose. “If it could be proven to have existed once, then perhaps that would shatter some conceptions about New Zealand’s natural history.”, Here’s a theory: New Zealand is rumoured to have been visited by Tamil explorers. Next month, he and his wife Heather will travel to New Zealand to search for moa in Te Urewera where they claim to have previously found moa tracks and a nesting site. Could it not have been any water bird or reptile?”, Lemuel Lyes, archival researcher with Natural History New Zealand, says the existence (or otherwise) of the waitoreke is important even if it is now extinct. Last year, Mark Orton, a former film student who now works for Natural History New Zealand, trekked the region collecting eyewitness sightings for a documentary called Prints of Darkness. Are they just chasing dreams or is the truth out there? But it was dark. He went in search of the Himalayan yeti and the Loch Ness in Scotland, among others. "I'm getting more disillusioned now, with what appears to be a calamity facing much more common birds, with stoat and rat plagues. He became interested in them after an encounter with an animal that was somewhere it shouldn't have been. It can happen to anyone, says Hyde. Mysterious bubbles spotted in Waikato River, Father finds 'dead creature' in tin of baked beans, Wattie's says more likely mould. Big cats, `extinct' songbirds, moa, native otters there's a zoo-ful of shy and mysterious creatures roaming the countryside if New Zealand's cryptozoologists are to be believed. I just say we've got to be prepared to keep an open mind and investigate the evidence. “A lot of people are frightened to go to the media,” says Gilroy. According to Hawke's Bay-based researcher Tony Lucas, "We still have many areas in the South Island which remain relatively unexplored. And as recently as 2003, the New Zealand storm petrel, gone for 150 years, was sighted off the coast of Whitianga. “Too big for an ordinary cat. "They [the media] play it up as a joke but it may affect the life's work of some serious researcher. When not creating electronic music, watching Horror movies and documentaries, archiving and documenting NZ’s diverse and eclectic music history, I have spent countless hours investigating and furthering my research out in the field, either as part of a group or solo, since the early 80′s. Could it be the mysterious Moehau New Zealand’s version of the Big Foot mystery? All Rights Reserved. They've probably thrown up the black gene through years of interbreeding. So is the search for the South Island kokako, last reliably sighted in the 1950s and 60s. Research from Professor Pou Temara that featured in a Waitangi Tribunal report spoke of the significance the bodies of water in which the spirit guardians resided. "The importance of these can not be overstated.". Gilroy says “you’ve got to be a bit eccentric in this business. "The Maori, if I understand it right, they don't actually believe these things are flesh and blood animals, but some kind of guardian spirits. On a recent trip to New Zealand, Healy toured key spots where people claimed to have spotted taniwha. His interest lies in reports of unknown or out-of-place animals. Te Papa Museum records the 1836 discovery of a ship's bell, inscribed with ancient (at least 500 years old) Tamil script, being used by Whangarei Maori as a cooking pot. Paranormal Investigator and Founder of Haunted Auckland. They were in a shed, waiting for the rain to stop, and on the edge of the jungle were two birds emerging from the bush, about eight feet [2.4m] in height. He didn't see any himself, but learnt a lot. "As an open-minded field researcher, I prefer to look for the evidence rather than dismiss something out of hand because a textbook says it's extinct. Who are these people who devote lifetimes to the hunt for the unknown? Cryptozoologists the name given to people who study creatures whose existence has not been substantiated say there is a very good chance of discovering unknown animals in New Zealand. It didn't move. 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A Nessie in the Loch? “How is it you can’t find a stupid squawking crow?” retorts Tustin. Too still for a dog. Copyright ©2011-2020 Haunted Auckland. But how about those reports of a giant black cat in Canterbury?