Our fascination with Gloriavale is all about secrets, sex and salvation
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OPINION: What is it that makes regular folks so fascinated by Gloriavale, the Christian sect of about 500 people based in godforsaken Haupiri on the West Coast?
And believe me, people are. We can tell which stories on Stuff are well read and Gloriavale stories always get a healthy following.
As a recent example, the death of the community’s overseeing shepherd and convicted sex offender Hopeful Christian (aka Neville Cooper) was as extravagantly covered, and followed, as the death of a very notable New Zealander.