RNZ – Sharon Ready & Liz Gregory: standing up to the Gloriavale shepherds
By RNZ – Saturday Morning – 13/08/2022
Sharon Ready has lived in the Gloriavale community for 50 years, first entering as a 15-year-old when the community was based in Springbank, Rangiora.
“It’s my turangawaewae,” she says. “This is where I stand because my faith, I started there as a Christian and myself, my husband, my children, we have worked very hard to build that community.”
Ready still lives in the community as do five of her children – three daughters and two sons, along with 35 grandchildren – but are no longer active members.
A new documentary follows her family as they mount a ground-breaking legal case against the community’s powerful leaders, known as the shepherds.
Directed by Fergus Grady and Noel Smyth, Gloriavale provides astonishing insight into the lives of Ready and her family members as they fight to expose widespread abuse and institutional failures.