Stuff – ‘First time I’ve heard them apologise’: Gloriavale leaders say sorry for ‘failing to protect’ members
By Marine Lourens and Rachael Comer – Stuff – 27/05/2022
• The leadership of the Gloriavale Christian community has released a statement apologising for not protecting members against labour exploitation and sexual abuse.
• The leaders detailed measures put in place to prevent this from reoccurring in the future.
• The leaders also discouraged boycotting of Gloriavale businesses saying it would directly affect hundreds of lives in the community and indirectly many others on the West Coast.
The leadership of Gloriavale has publicly apologised for its role in “failing to prevent and protect victims of labour exploitation and sexual abuse”.
The leadership said in a statement it was “deeply saddened” by the harm members of the community had experienced.
This comes after a recent Employment Court ruling stating that former Gloriavale members who worked up to 70 hours a week for years were not volunteers.