Ex-Gloriavale resident storms out of court hearing
By RNZ |
A Gloriavale mother has denied cutting all ties with her daughter after she chose to leave the West Coast commune.
The testimony prompted the woman’s daughter Rose Standtrue to storm out of the Employment Court hearing in Greymouth on Wednesday.
Six former Gloriavale women, including Rose, are seeking a ruling they were employees, not volunteers, during their time there.
Gloriavale’s leaders deny the claims the women were employees.
Allegations of ongoing sexual abuse and “slave-like” work conditions have been unveiled by former members during the hearing.
Rose claimed she was cut off by her family after she left Gloriavale in 2021.