Dozens of Gloriavale escapees have made South Canterbury their home. Why?
By: Joanne Holden and Rachael Comer – 30/01/2020
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Families fleeing Gloriavale have been making their way to South Canterbury for the past seven years. Many stay. What is it about the rural community on the South Island’s east coast that has attracted the former religious community members to live there? Reporters Joanne Holden and Rachael Comer explore the mass exodus.
They leave with nothing in the middle of the night, in secret pickup missions many weeks in the planning.
Most have very little money, and few possessions, and no idea of the life they are about to step into but for the past seven years about 75 former Gloriavale members have settled in South Canterbury.