NZ Herald – A Moment In Crime: Gloriavale – smocks, secrecy and sex offenders
By Anna Leask – NZ Herald – 25/05/2021
In the late 1960s, an Australian preacher made his way to New Zealand.
He had a vision to set up a Christian community where everyone shared everything and cared for everyone – where they shunned the “ungodliness” of the modern world and lived in purity.
He was Neville Cooper.
After setting up the Springbank Christian Community in North Canterbury he soon realised he wanted more.