"Claims a young New Zealand mother-of-two died as relatives tried to remove a Maori curse from her are being investigated by police. A homicide investigation is under way into the death of Janet Moses, 22, at a house at Wainuiomata near Wellington on October 12 as relatives looked on."
Anglican Maori Church archdeacon Hone Kaa told the newspaper makutu-lifting ceremonies were often used to cleanse victims.
The curse was believed to have been linked to a relative stealing a taonga.
Dr Kaa said water was often used in such ceremonies, but not the amounts understood to have been involved in Ms Moses' case.
He said lifting curses was a difficult process and was wary of doing it.
In some cases victims needed to be held down by several people as the spirit fought, but he was not familiar with injuries such as scratches and grazes being inflicted.
The Archdeacon does not say that this particular ceremony was an Anglican one. I wonder if they are done by other denominations.