Wainuiomata exorcism case revisited

A new feature film about one of New Zealand’s most bizarre homicide inquiries will have its premiere at the NZ International Film Festival next week.

A new feature film about one of New Zealand’s most bizarre homicide inquiries will have its premiere at the NZ International Film Festival next week. Source: Sunday

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses charts the events leading up to the young mother’s death.

Janet Moses drowned in her grandfather’s bedsit in Wainuiomata, north of Wellington, after being subjected to four days and nights of water cleansing by members of her own family – who believed that she was suffering from a Makutu, or maori curse.

Four of Ms Moses’ aunts and one uncle were convicted of her manslaughter in 2009, in what the court accepted was an accidental drowning.

The feature-length documentary claims to lift the ‘veil of secrecy’ on the exorcism case.

Its Emmy Award-winning kiwi director David Stubbs describes it as an “extraordinary true story of how both love and fear could drive a kiwi family to unwittingly kill one of their own.”

You can see the full story on the Sunday Programme, TV One, 7pm Sunday. 


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Former ACDC drummer Phil Rudd arrested again

Former ACDC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested again.

Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck has confirmed the arrest, saying he is due to appear in the Tauranga district court tomorrow morning.

Mr Tuck refused to elaborate on the nature of the charges and would not say whether it was a breach of Rudd's bail conditions.

“I am not making any further comment at all on the matter”.

Bay of Plenty Police told ONE News that “because of the sensitivity around the case" it was best to refer to Rudd's lawyer.  

Earlier this month Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention after pleading guilty in April to charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

The 61-year-old had sought a discharge without conviction but Judge Thomas Ingram told Rudd that there "was nowhere to hide" and he would be jailed if he was found to have any traces of drugs or alcohol in his system.

He told Rudd that he's clearly been unable to deal with a long standing meth addiction.

Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck confirmed the arrest but refused to elaborate. Source: 1 NEWS


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Icy conditions delay homebound holidaymakers

Authorities are warning motorists to take extra care in Otago and Southland after another heavy dumping of snow. 

There's black ice on some roads around Dunedin City and police have attended a number of vehicle crashes.

Families make the most of the snow on the Rimutaka Hills. Source: 1 NEWS

And it’s forecast to be another chilly start around the country tomorrow, with similar temperatures as well as gusty winds and showers, MetService duty forecaster Rob Kerr said.

Today’s polar blast closed roads in the central and lower North Island.

The Rimutaka Hill Rd between Wellington and the Wairarapa was shut as contractors laid grit on the icy roads.

Snow dusting on the Rimutaka Hills. Source: 1 NEWS

While in the Central Plateau, the snow blast caused the closure of the Desert Road. It has since reopened.

The closure of the two lifelines frustrated many motorists but delighted some homeward-bound holidaymakers.

One enthusiastic parent told ONE News the snow was a “fantastic ending” to their winter holiday.

“So much fun. We're just on our way back to Rotorua and we saw this great abundance of snow and thought why not?”.

Motorists delayed by the closure of Rimutaka Hill Rd. Source: 1 NEWS