1News: Gloriavale head says criticism, scrutiny of commune ‘deserved’

1News: Gloriavale head says criticism, scrutiny of commune ‘deserved’

By Ryan Boswell | 1News Reporter |

The head of Gloriavale believes the criticism and scrutiny thrown at the West Coast commune is “deserved”.

Overseeing shepherd Howard Temple told the Employment Court that his intention has always been to ensure the safety and well-being of those who live at Gloriavale, while following the law and “adhering to our Christian beliefs”.

He said he was concerned and saddened that current and former members have experienced harm, and “that is not what we want for our families”.

The West Coast commune has been at the centre of accusations of sexual and physical abuse for decades, with police and Oranga Tamariki carrying out multiple investigations and laying a number of charges.

In May 2022, the leadership issued an apology for “failing to prevent and protect victims of labour exploitation and sexual abuse”.

Temple said they accept change “must happen and has been made” to ensure the “highest level of safety and legal compliance moving forward”.

Further reading and video: https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/02/27/gloriavale-head-says-criticism-scrutiny-of-commune-deserved/