NZ Herald – Gloriavale milk row: No child labour used on farms for at least five years, court hears
By Kurt Bayer – NZ Herald – 25/07/2022
Child labour hasn’t been used on Gloriavale’s dairy farms for at least five years, a court heard today as the under-fire Christian community fights to save a lucrative dairy contract.
Chinese-owned Westland announced last month it was stopping milk collection from Gloriavale-owned farms in the wake of an Employment Court ruling about work conditions and alleged child labour.
Gloriavale’s Canaan Farming Dairy Ltd is one of Westland’s biggest milk suppliers, sending about 900,000kg of milk solids a season to the Hokitika dairy factory.
Based on next season’s average opening forecast of $9 a kilo, it would mean a $9 million loss of income annually for the Gloriavale Christian Community.