Wow what a month. Here was me thinking I would have nothing to talk about!
So we have parts of the hospital on the market, Admin block, the iconic Water Tower and 2ha of land. Tenders for the property are to be in by early February and from what I have heard there has been a fair amount of serious interest so we may see a backpackers or someones dream home replace these buildings in the years to come. I can't help to think though who would want to live out there :p
Security: From what I've observed the place is lacking security big time compared to the crazy wanna be police that where previously hooning around the grounds few months ago & where either slashing tyres or chasing you off the land with there pitch forks. I'm not sure whether Old McDonald has finally given up & realized theirs nothing to steal from the hospital or they just have the Marton police on speed dial. Either way the electric fences only tickle but I think that's about it!
The Old Nurses quarters which I remember spending the night in with a few friends when I first started with the Lake Alice 'obsession' was removed and has been refurbished & is now at a girl's school in Marton, where it is being used for accommodation etc. This is great I'm really glad some of Lake Alice could be salvaged from the 10 years of abandonment.
My minds gone blank but there was a few other things I wanted to mention so guess they will be for next month (Oops thats on Monday). But apart from that my blog from last month mentioning security cameras & trip wires I think I may have been miss informed, not really sure on that one but... mind your step.
Will upload a few recent photos of the place also check out the few aerial photos I added on the main galleries page, as well as some old photos & articles about the Maximum unit on the Maximum page so take a look...
Did you see the TVOne fire video footage huge bugger because I was due to visit the place with Phoenix Paranormal that coming weekend, I am glad though that I got in there last year before the fire and took loads of photos which can be seen on UrbanExplorers. Hope they catch the bastard's that burnt it down!!
Sorry this months blogs late been a busy month, I'm off too enjoy the summer sun in Australia maaaate ;)
Leave a comment or drop me a email if you've been by Lake Alice recently or wanna talk about the place it takes up 50% of my life anyway...
Enjoy the rest of your Summer all.
Just as hard as it was to escape from the place back in the day, it seems asthough it has become just as tricky to get back in, for old times sack...
Old McDonald who owns the property (yes thats his real surname but I'm still taking the piss) seems to have trip wires by the back gates so if you jump it your trapped between the gate and a trip wire, as well as infra red cameras I am told although I doubt they even go to anything with the houses been too far away and if they do actually operate then someone has alot of free time on there hands, pervert's!
So over all it's a minor warning to those over the holidays that I know will test there luck going out there but be warned that Farmer McD has teamed up with the local over paid police who together do nightly drive by's thanks to tax payers money for there gas, to check on the outside roads. If you are entering from Santoft road then I wouldnt bother because that's where abunch of people who are related to Farmer McD live although I do have to comment it's not the house up from the back gates I see there is a family who live in there so be vigilant while up that end as from what I have heard they mean no harm. So sounds like a circus out there most nights still, Hmm maybe the Lake Alice curse will cause him too sell up!!
National Letter: On another subject- Interesting and very supportive letter I posted on the site this weekend from Maori MP Tau Henare, that was sent to Prime minister's office and along with the response from ginger ninja Jonathan Coleman who does all Key's thankless task's oh and is Associate minister of Health, whom gave a very negative reply, he is always so serious can anything make this man happy. Mr Coleman if you happen to read this on the off chance then I invite you for tea & scones at my place in Palmerston North next time you are in the area. Read the letter here
Anyway enough politics, there such a anal subject...
Merry Christmas everyone and have a safe and Happy new year. 2010 has quite a few things installed for myself regarding the website but you'll have to wait and see.
Thank you Paul for your updates to the site,
Thanks Alex for helping me shape the website to what it has become!
Thank you everyone who visits for another awesome year of many comments, emails, updates with the hospital and over all 95% good feedback =]
Merry Christmas & Happy holidays,
See you in 010!!
I've been meaning to write a new blog but with the year drawing to a end other things to be done. I was interviewed last week by students from a University in Wellington who where doing a film project and chose to do a doco on Lake Alice (plenty to be told there). So good luck to them!
I have driven past the hospital recently and saw the army are still utilizing the property
I heard through the grapevine that the owners are considering doing a few of the Villas up and renting them out, this is a very ambitious plan, not sure if I would want to live at a old mental hospital. Either way time will tell...
While I'm at it I should mention I was also told that the police do night time drive by's past Lake Alice, checking the back gate for people etc there has also been a few incidents where people have came back to there cars & police were waiting for them (always used to dread that, lucky it never happend to me) and that the owners or should I say there Nazi security have taken the law into there own hands when it comes to dealing with people on there property, saying they will shoot and vandalize peoples cars which they find out by the gates so if you do not want your vehicle damaged I suggest leaving someone in the car or not going near the property (had to say something responsible) On that note you should be aware that willful damage is far worse then trespassing I would lay a complaint with the police should something happen to you, I would like to highlight to people that the definition of trespassing is when you are on somebody else's property and they ask you to leave to which you fail then you are breaking the law. Signs can be classed as a warning so be careful as these could be used against you if you where to be caught 'trespassing'.
All for now, Nathan...
Below: Recent photos
This seems to be a more regular occurrence from the emotionless guy who brought Lake Alice, he is letting the Police use Lake Alice to train. This was the organization that did just as much damage to that place as vandals back when the property was owned by the Health board. Not that the NZ Police are good for anything but door mats and corruption.
So just a quick blog to let everyone know that the Police armed defenders squad and or the Army are using Lake Alice over the 2 next week's ( 22 Oct - Nov 7 ) they will be staying on site while they use the property for training it was confirmed yesterday. The duration they are spending there was just a estimate it could be longer so this is warning to anyone going near the place, remember its not illegal to drive around Lake Alice Rd or stand at the gates and watch.
Thank you to the person who made a submission regarding police been on site, I followed it up!
Keep us updated on whats going on at Lake Alice people even if your passing by or been noisy =] ...Cheers Nathan
I was told recently that the Police armed defenders squad have been seen around Lake Alice which I gather would have been for training as it had been going on for around a week plus what else would they do out in a place like that, don't say to arrest trespasses because that would be a waste of tax payers money.
Please make note of the person who left a helpful comment on the blog entry below which will be of interest as they where out there in the weekend (20/9) by day and their were arrests.
The main Swimming pool was knocked down a few months ago and it appears after the Police's visit a small part of the Nurses quarters has been demolished. I would say this is leading the way slowly for the rest of the derelict buildings to follow,
It was only a matter of time!
Pictures: left Nurses quarters , Right Pool
Recently there was a incident where a group of people where caught out at LA late one night last week. They where arrested by the police, this is a warning to others to be careful because the owners are clearly on high alert. Remember if you do go there and take or vandalize anything you are giving the police a reason to arrest you.
Make sure to leave a comment if you have information about the going on's at the hospital as I know it's still a hot spot for visitors and with Halloween next month it will only attract many more!!
Will add more on these subjects soon...
I'm thinking of trying out the idea of a gallery/page on the website dedicated to other peoples photography/pictures of Lake Alice or maybe even other defunct places in general. This which may lead to in the future such things as uploading your own images etc. Of course you would remain soul copyright owner of all images and I would happily remove your content at your request if you decided after awhile you don't want it online. So if you are interested in having your pictures posted on the website email it through to me so we can try it out...
Everyone knows that the trend is to enter from Santoft Road (hence the owners know) but please be cautious as there has been people patrolling Lake Alice with a spot light on there vehicle driving around the grounds, aswell as illegal behavior such as tyres being slashed. This has been refereed onto the police. I would suggest not leaving your car unattended. If you have had your tyres slashed contact the police as regardless if you where trespassing on there land no one deserves to have there car damaged and it is willful damage.
There is also people in the back house on Lake Alice Rd (yellow house that sold recently) that threatens to shot people so if this happens to you please report this to the Police. It should be noted it is also not his land he is trying to guard this man should not be threatening to kill people!
Email me if anything of the sort has happened to you or leave a comment so I can keep the website updated for others.
Most of all, don't do anything
dumb and be safe!
The Palmerston North Library's Archives department are planning their second Local History Week.
TV 3's 60 Minutes ran a documentary tonight on abuse in a boys home near Wellington during the 1970-80's. These youths where subjected to physical, mental and of course emotional abuse while one or 2 men mentioned they where sexually abused, I am sure they where not the only ones!
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