By Morgan Tait and Doug Laing | 26th May 2011
The international crew of ghost hunters secretly filming at Napier Prison have been condemned as “gauche” by local Maori activists.
The prison is the site of several hangings, including that of famed Maori warrior Kereopa Te Rau, who hanged the missionary Reverend Carl Volkner, and ate his eyeballs.
Denis O’Reilly said the television series ghost-hunting at the Napier Prison was inappropriate. “Maori history and Kereopa should be treated with respect and that’s not what’s being done with the ghost busters here.
The group of about 20 Ghost Hunters International staff were reportedly attracted to the prison, which was open between 1862 and 1993, after reports of “strange sights and sounds, and the decision to let ghost hunters film was not taken lightly.