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Gloriavale site visit planned for Chief Employment Court Judge during next phase of ‘servitude’ trial between leavers and Christian community

Gloriavale site visit planned for Chief Employment Court Judge during next phase of ‘servitude’ trial between leavers and Christian community

: By Anna Leask | NZ Herald | The judge presiding over an Employment Court trial between Gloriavale leavers and the current community will visit the secretive Christian community next month. Last year a group of six women raised in the infamous and isolated West Coast religious group claimed they were effectively…
Should BNZ be forced to bank Gloriavale?

Should BNZ be forced to bank Gloriavale?

: By Jenée Tibshraeny | NZ Herald | A High Court judge is preventing the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) from ditching Gloriavale as a customer – for now at least. The bank wants to terminate the relationship it’s had with the controversial West Coast-based Christian community for more than 40 years…
Gloriavale workers get first monthly pay, and are asked to give the money back to cover expenses, including $100,000-plus legal bills

Gloriavale workers get first monthly pay, and are asked to give the money back to cover expenses, including $100,000-plus legal bills

: Gloriavale workers who recently received a share of the Christian Community’s profits, were immediately asked to pay it back to cover expenses, including more than $100,000 in legal fees. The $335,000 in expenses for October included administration costs, taxes, vehicle hire, capital spending, with close to 40% going on lawyers…
Rural News – Gloriavale wins reprieve

Rural News – Gloriavale wins reprieve

: Rural News – 11/10/2022 West Coast milk processor Westland Milk Products has been ordered by the High Court to continue picking milk from three dairy farms associated with the Gloriavale community. The company’s argument that Gloriavale-owned Canaan Farms employed children to do farm work and processing their milk affected relationships…
Stuff – Gloriavale businesses stung by loss of Mānuka honey licence over use of child labour and worker exploitation

Stuff – Gloriavale businesses stung by loss of Mānuka honey licence over use of child labour and worker exploitation

: By Amanda Cropp – Stuff – 11/09/2022 Two Gloriavale Christian Community businesses have been banned from using a Mānuka honey trademark over treatment of their workers. The Unique Mānuka Factor Honey (UMF) Association has revoked a licence jointly held by Forest Gold and Lamohka honey brands, saying their actions had…
NZ Herald – Longtime Gloriavale member turns on sect – reveals ‘very disturbing’ treatment of women, ‘prevalent’ sex offending

NZ Herald – Longtime Gloriavale member turns on sect – reveals ‘very disturbing’ treatment of women, ‘prevalent’ sex offending

: By Anna Leask – NZ Herald – 06/09/2022 A Gloriavale father of 13 once convicted of beating two of his young daughters with shoes, carpentry tools, coat hangers and belts has turned on the community’s leaders, telling the court that sexual abuse, bullying and forced labour are prevalent within the…
Stuff – Gloriavale leaders ‘tear apart’ families of those who disagree with their rules, founding member says

Stuff – Gloriavale leaders ‘tear apart’ families of those who disagree with their rules, founding member says

: By Jake Kenny – Stuff – 06/09/2022 Warning: This story discusses details of alleged sexual abuse. A Gloriavale member “since its inception” says the community’s leaders do everything in their power to “tear apart” families of members who disagree with them. After decades of service to the community, Sharon Ready…
Newshub – Gloriavale member temporarily left community after leadership’s comment on his dead daughter ‘shook’ him

Newshub – Gloriavale member temporarily left community after leadership’s comment on his dead daughter ‘shook’ him

: By Kaysha Brownlie – Newshub – 06/09/2022 A former Glorivale member who still resides in the isolated West Coast community has given emotional evidence about how, among the things he witnessed in the Christian commune, his daughter’s death hurt him the most. Clem Ready was giving evidence during an Employment…
Stuff – ‘It’s just your body, no big deal’: Gloriavale leaders allegedly told women to not fear what men did to them

Stuff – ‘It’s just your body, no big deal’: Gloriavale leaders allegedly told women to not fear what men did to them

: Stuff – 2/09/2022 A former Gloriavale member says inappropriate touching of women and children became part of the culture, with leaders telling women “I shall not fear what man do to me”. “They demanded a cuddle…Any man could approach any girl or woman and inappropriately touch them,” Virginia Courage told…
1News – Gloriavale lawyer says ex-resident signed away employment rights

1News – Gloriavale lawyer says ex-resident signed away employment rights

: 1News – 1/09/2022 It’s been suggested a former Gloriavale resident signed away her workers’ rights. Pearl Valor is one of six women fighting for the right to have been treated as an employee, rather than a volunteer while at the West Coast commune. Read more here: https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/09/01/gloriavale-lawyer-says-ex-resident-signed-away-employment-rights/…
RNZ – Gloriavale leaders thought they were above law – ex-member

RNZ – Gloriavale leaders thought they were above law – ex-member

: RNZ – 1/09/2022 A former Gloriavale woman says the Christian community’s leaders thought they were above the law. The Employment Court has been hearing evidence from leavers who claim they were working in slave-like conditions and exposed to sexual harassment and abuse from a young age. Read more here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018857067/gloriavale-leaders-thought-they-were-above-law-ex-member…
Stuff – Gloriavale shepherds use food ‘as a weapon’ and believe they are ‘above the law’, leaver says

Stuff – Gloriavale shepherds use food ‘as a weapon’ and believe they are ‘above the law’, leaver says

: Stuff – 1/09/2022 A Gloriavale leaver born into the Christian community says she decided to leave when the community kept changing its values and beliefs to “cover their tracks”. Pearl Valor continued giving evidence on day four of the Christchurch Employment Court hearing on Thursday, where it is alleged women…
NZ Herald – ‘Help us’ – Ex-Gloriavale women call on Kiwis for help as they fight for ‘justice’ in Employment Court

NZ Herald – ‘Help us’ – Ex-Gloriavale women call on Kiwis for help as they fight for ‘justice’ in Employment Court

: NZ Herald – 1/09/2022 A mum-of-11 who escaped the Gloriavale and is part of an Employment Court case against the Christian community – alleging women are treated as “modern-day slaves” – is calling on Kiwis for help. Virginia Courage and fellow leavers Pearl Valor, Serenity Pilgrim, Rose Standtrue, Anna Courage…
RNZ – Court hears distressing accounts from ex-Gloriavale women

RNZ – Court hears distressing accounts from ex-Gloriavale women

: RNZ – 31/08/2022 A court has heard distressing testimony from a former Gloriavale woman who says her treatment at the secretive Christian community made her suicidal. The Employment Court has also heard evidence girls as young as eight were worried about being groped while serving food. Read more here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2018856906/court-hears-distressing-accounts-from-ex-gloriavale-women…
Newshub – Former Gloriavale resident alleges sexual abuse, public shaming, being cut off from her family when she left community

Newshub – Former Gloriavale resident alleges sexual abuse, public shaming, being cut off from her family when she left community

: Newshub – 31/08/2022 It’s been an emotional day at the Gloriavale Employment Court case, with a witness alleging she was sexually abused, publicly shamed and cut off from her family when she left. Rose Standtrue said she was under so much pressure, she contemplated taking her own life. Every day…
NZ Herald – ‘You feel like you always owe them’ – Why Pearl Valor stayed at Gloriavale and the horrors that made her leave

NZ Herald – ‘You feel like you always owe them’ – Why Pearl Valor stayed at Gloriavale and the horrors that made her leave

: NZ Herald – 31/08/2022 Pearl Valor has given further evidence in court about her time at the controversial Gloriavale community – breaking down in tears as she recalled being hungry, stealing food and being refused dental treatment. But despite all of that she stayed, the guilt of what would happen…
Newshub – Former Gloriavale resident gives damning assessment of leaders, says he feared for daughter’s safety

Newshub – Former Gloriavale resident gives damning assessment of leaders, says he feared for daughter’s safety

: Newshub – 30/08/2022 A former resident of Gloriavale has given a damning assessment of life in the secretive community, recalling the “creepy” and aggressive behaviour of the leaders and fearing for his daughter’s safety. Isaac Pilgrim was giving evidence at the Employment Court in Christchurch, where the judge was told…
Newshub – Gloriavale accused of ‘brainwashing’ residents into working in ‘scandalous’ conditions at Employment Court hearing

Newshub – Gloriavale accused of ‘brainwashing’ residents into working in ‘scandalous’ conditions at Employment Court hearing

: Michael Morrah, Newshub – 29/08/2022 A former member of the secretive Gloriavale community says residents there are “brainwashed” from a young age with women expected to cook, clean and sew for long hours without taking breaks. The allegations were made at an Employment Court hearing, where it’s being argued women there…
NZ Herald – Gloriavale: Women had ‘no choice’ about ‘extremely long’ working hours, claim ‘servitude, slavery and forced labour’ at Christian community

NZ Herald – Gloriavale: Women had ‘no choice’ about ‘extremely long’ working hours, claim ‘servitude, slavery and forced labour’ at Christian community

: By Anna Leask – NZ Herald – 29/08/2022 A group of women who spent most of their lives at Gloriavale will today begin giving “scandalous” evidence in their bid to get a court to rule they were employees and not volunteers during their time at the secretive Christian community. Serenity…
Newstalk ZB – Film: Gloriavale and Good Luck to you Leo Grande

Newstalk ZB – Film: Gloriavale and Good Luck to you Leo Grande

: Newstalk ZB – Mornings with Jack Tame – 20/08/2022 Francesca Rudkin: Gloriavale and Good Luck to you Leo Grande – Saturday Morning with Jack Tame Saturday Morning with Jack Tame Listen here: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/saturday-morning-with-jack-tame/audio/francesca-rudkin-gloriavale-and-good-luck-to-you-leo-grande/ (First 3 minutes 45 seconds on Gloriavale Movie)…
Capsule – Gloriavale Documentary

Capsule – Gloriavale Documentary

: By Emma Clifton – Capsule – 03/08/2022 A new documentary, Gloriavale, follows a family from the secretive religious community: siblings John and Virginia, who have both left Gloriavale, and their mother Sharon, who remains. It covers the serious allegations against the Gloriavale leaders, which include sexual abuse, neglect and slavery.…
‘Gloriavale’: Compelling Feature Doc Goes Beyond The Headlines To Lift The Lid On NZ’s Secretive Christian Community

‘Gloriavale’: Compelling Feature Doc Goes Beyond The Headlines To Lift The Lid On NZ’s Secretive Christian Community

: Scoop Media – Press Release – 11/07/2022 GLORIAVALE, a compelling new feature documentary which lifts the lid on the infamous Gloriavale Christian Community cult, will have its World Premiere on Saturday 6 August, 2022 at Christchurch’s Isaac Royal Theatre, screening as part of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival…
Stuff – Countdown’s supply chain policy sparks questions about Westland Dairy Company dealings with Gloriavale Christian Community

Stuff – Countdown’s supply chain policy sparks questions about Westland Dairy Company dealings with Gloriavale Christian Community

: By Amanda Cropp – Stuff – 25/06/2022 Countdown’s efforts to make sure that its supply chains aren’t sustaining illegal labour practices, including child labour, have prompted the supermarket chain to question Westland Dairy Company dealings with the Gloriavale Christian Community. The dairy company attempted to distance itself from Gloriavale farms…
Twitter – John Campbell – Will Gloriavale ever change?

Twitter – John Campbell – Will Gloriavale ever change?

: Twitter – John Campbell – 21/06/2022 Twitter conversation – John Campbell, Liz Gregory, Rosanna Overcomer Listen here – (Note: conversation starts at 11 minutes 15 seconds into the recording) www.twitter.com/1NewsNZ/status/1539080676070215680 Will Gloriavale ever change? Join us for a conversation with @JohnJCampbell, Liz Gregory (Gloriavale Leavers' Support Trust) and former Gloriavale…
Greymouth Star – Milk tankers back at Gloriavale

Greymouth Star – Milk tankers back at Gloriavale

: By Laura Mills – Greymouth Star – 15/06/2022 Westland Milk Products has resumed milk collection from Gloriavale’s Lake Haupiri farms, after the Christian community was granted an interim court injunction to prevent the dairy company from withdrawing. Cannan Farming Ltd says it has received ‘role model’ status in past audits…
1News – Sunday – Leaving Gloriavale

1News – Sunday – Leaving Gloriavale

: 1News – Sunday – Leaving Gloriavale Leaving Gloriavale means leaving your home, your family, maybe everything you’ve ever known. Then heading, with little or no money, into a world you’ve been told is damned. But sometimes you have no choice, because you’ve started questioning the leaders. The tight-knit, secretive Christian…
1News – Divine Consent

1News – Divine Consent

: By John Campbell – 1News – 12/06/2022 At the end of May, we went to Gloriavale. TVNZ’s Sunday programme had been shooting in Timaru… and on a blue, blue day, we drove north through Geraldine, then Windwhistle (whose name I wanted to use), stopping for a pie at Darfield… and…
Greymouth Star – Milk deal canned

Greymouth Star – Milk deal canned

: By Laura Mills – Greymouth Star – 09/06/2022 Westland Milk Products announced today it will suspend milk collection from Gloriavale-owned dairy farmers from June 13. In a short statement on behalf of chief executive Richard Wyeth, Chinese-owned Westland Milk said it advised Gloriavale yesterday that it would suspend collection from…
Stuff – Westland Milk Products suspends collection from Gloriavale dairy farms until the Christian Community “meets the standards and values” of wider New Zealand

Stuff – Westland Milk Products suspends collection from Gloriavale dairy farms until the Christian Community “meets the standards and values” of wider New Zealand

: By Amanda Cropp – Stuff – 09/06/2022 Westland Milk Products has indefinitely suspended milk collection from dairy farms owned by the Gloriavale Christian Community. The suspension begins on June 13, to coincide with the end of the milking season, so there will be no issues around livestock welfare or milk…
Rural News – Rendered unworthy!

Rural News – Rendered unworthy!

: By Daniel Anderson – Rural News – 08/06/2022 Hot on the heels of moves by Westland Milk to stop processing its milk, reclusive Christian community Gloriavale looks to be shedding more agribusiness suppliers and customers. Rural News earlier reported that the Hokitika-based processor is considering suspendiing milk collection from Canaan…
Rural News – Gloriavale issues apology

Rural News – Gloriavale issues apology

: By Staff Reporters – Rural News – 08/06/2022 In late May, the Gloriavale Community issued a public letter of apology in regard to both its past employment and community actions. An abridged version of the letter follows: We can state categorically that child labour is no longer used in the…
RNZ – James Harrison: Former Gloriavale member says he finds it hard to believe Fervent Stedfast has genuine remorse, suspects political expedience

RNZ – James Harrison: Former Gloriavale member says he finds it hard to believe Fervent Stedfast has genuine remorse, suspects political expedience

: RNZ – Newstalk ZB – The Mike Hosking Breakfast – 01/06/2022 It’s remaining unclear what the resignation of two senior leaders in Gloriavale will mean for the community. The resignation of Fervent Stedfast and Faithful Pilgrim follows an unprecedented apology last Friday. Both have faced issues around employment and protecting…
RNZ – Liz Gregory: Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust spokesperson says despite the resignation of two senior leaders at Gloriavale, there’s been no real change at the top.

RNZ – Liz Gregory: Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust spokesperson says despite the resignation of two senior leaders at Gloriavale, there’s been no real change at the top.

: RNZ – Newstalk ZB – Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby – 31/05/2022 There are concerns that despite the resignation of two senior leaders at Gloriavale, there’s been no real change at the top. Fervent Stedfast and Faithful Pilgrim have both left their leadership roles. It follows an unprecedented public apology…
Newshub – Former Gloriavale residents sceptical over leaders’ ‘unprecedented’ apology about sexual abuse and worker exploitation

Newshub – Former Gloriavale residents sceptical over leaders’ ‘unprecedented’ apology about sexual abuse and worker exploitation

: Michael Morrah – Newshub – 27/05/2022 Gloriavale’s leaders have issued an unprecedented apology – but it’s been met with caution from former residents. They wrote a letter admitting they failed to protect victims of sexual abuse and labour exploitation, and they’re promising change. Gloriavale’s known for conducting its affairs privately.…
Rural News – Hopeful Christians

Rural News – Hopeful Christians

: By Sudesh Kissun – Rural News – 24/05/2022 The reclusive Gloriavale Christian community stands to lose $9 million a year if Westland Milk suspends milk collection from its dairy farms. Hokitika-based processor Westland says it is looking at suspending milk collection from Canaan Farming Dairy Ltd, which operated the Gloriavale…
ODT – Agencies in Spotlight in Gloriavale Case

ODT – Agencies in Spotlight in Gloriavale Case

: Otago Daily Times – Opinion – 12/05/2022 A clutch of government agencies must do some serious soul searching about their inaction over concerns raised about work practices and the treatment of children at the Gloriavale Christian Community. This week, the Employment Court chief judge Christina Inglis found that three former…
Stuff – Charities Services open new investigation into Gloriavale’s charitable status following Employment Court decision

Stuff – Charities Services open new investigation into Gloriavale’s charitable status following Employment Court decision

: By Joanne Naish – Stuff – 11/05/2022 The Government’s Charities Services have opened a new investigation into the charitable status of West Coast Christian community Gloriavale. Charities Services general manager Mike Stone said the investigation would look at whether Gloriavale, as a registered charity, had met its obligations under the…
NZ Herald – Employment Court rules Gloriavale members were ’employees’ from age 6, undertook ‘laborious, often dangerous’ work – not ‘chores’

NZ Herald – Employment Court rules Gloriavale members were ’employees’ from age 6, undertook ‘laborious, often dangerous’ work – not ‘chores’

: By Anna Leask – NZ Herald – 10/05/2022 Video – see article link. The Employment Court has ruled that a group of ex-Gloriavale members were employees at the secretive Christian community – from when they were just 6 years old. Further, the members undertook “strenuous, difficult, and sometimes dangerous” work…
NZ Stuff on TikTok – How Gloriavale started: Part 1

NZ Stuff on TikTok – How Gloriavale started: Part 1

: NZ Stuff on TikTok – How Gloriavale started: Part 1 ( Lets Talk About Sects Sarah Steel 13/04/2021) Listen / Watch  here: https://www.tiktok.com/foryou?_d=secCgwIARCbDRjEFSADKAESPgo8liTnvXFDlKZaebni%2FPjqp1SyXT%2BOc3tscADDQmeovW4A0WCUXXc74LZzfNTy5k%2BSkegO%2BC5SQgdpFNdcGgA%3D&_r=1&is_from_webapp=v1&item_id=7060396586865560833&language=en&preview_pb=0&sec_user_id=MS4wLjABAAAAvZAQu-6_4Ufzaub41bQ9WlEBMUonhsOOSy6JvbhEucM4byR2AbmOMxReHalfc3Ru&share_app_id=1233&share_item_id=7060396586865560833&share_link_id=897173dc-8137-41fb-a45b-2d806f0291a5&source=h5_m&timestamp=1644006243&u_code=deeh9d8909343l&user_id=6873338291514033157&utm_campaign=client_share&utm_medium=android&utm_source=messenger#/@nzstuff/video/7060396586865560833 Or search for Podcast – Sarah Steel – Lets Talk About Sects – Gloriavale Part 1 and 2  …
Newshub – Gloriavale leaders allowed abuse to flourish as former resident admits sexual offences against children – Leavers’ Support Trust

Newshub – Gloriavale leaders allowed abuse to flourish as former resident admits sexual offences against children – Leavers’ Support Trust

: Michael Morrah – Newshub – 04/08/2021 [Video can be viewed in article link]. The head of a group helping people who leave Gloriavale says a former resident admitting he sexually offended against children is “incredibly tragic” and believes Gloriavale’s leaders have allowed abuse to flourish. A 55-year-old man, who has…
RNZ – Leaving Gloriavale

RNZ – Leaving Gloriavale

: The Detail – RNZ – 30/06/2021 [Podcast access via article link] Increasing numbers of people are leaving Gloriavale, the West Coast Christian community that’s been around for more than 50 years. It’s been investigated by police, Charity Services, Oranga Tamariki and WorkSafe. Former members are taking a civil suit against…
TVNZ 1 News – Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust pleads for public’s help for those leaving commune

TVNZ 1 News – Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust pleads for public’s help for those leaving commune

: By Ryan Boswell – 1 News – 23/06/2021 The Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust has launched the Emergency Welfare Appeal to help people reintegrate into the outside world. A video has been created featuring over 25 children whose families have been helped by the trust. See Givealittle video here: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/gloriavale-leavers-emergency-appeal Spokeswoman…
Stuff – Urgent appeal to help more families leaving Gloriavale

Stuff – Urgent appeal to help more families leaving Gloriavale

: By Joanne Naish – Stuff – 23/06/2021 [Video link to Givealittle Gloriavale Leavers Emergency Appeal: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/gloriavale-leavers-emergency-appeal Increasing numbers of people are leaving Gloriavale and urgently need support, a charity for leavers says. The Gloriavale Leavers’ Support Trust says urgent support is needed for dozens of members leaving the reclusive West…
Stuff – 2002: A visit to Gloriavale

Stuff – 2002: A visit to Gloriavale

: Keith Matthews – Stuff – 11/05/2021 [Video can be viewed in article link] “Quietly but steadily the walls of Gloriavale have grown in 11 years, transforming a remote cow paddock above Lake Haupiri into a modern three-storey complex that stands like a temple on the bottom slopes of the Southern…
Grey Star – Gloriavale report awaited

Grey Star – Gloriavale report awaited

: By Laura Mills – Grey Star – 22/03/2021 A new wide ranging independent report into Gloriavale is the community’s chance to save itself as the closeted Christian community comes under mounting pressure. Read more here: https://digital.greystar.co.nz/greymouth-star/march-22nd-2021/flipbook/0/ NOTE: Only those who have a subscription will be able to access this article.…
Newshub – Family leaves Gloriavale after being made to feel like ‘troublemakers’ for reporting attempted molestation of their sons

Newshub – Family leaves Gloriavale after being made to feel like ‘troublemakers’ for reporting attempted molestation of their sons

: By Michael Morrah – 22/03/2021 The Children’s Commissioner says he has “serious concerns” about the safety of the 400 children living at the Gloriavale Christian community on the West Coast. Last month Newshub reported claims that Gloriavale leaders repeatedly refused to involve police in allegations of child sex abuse. Now…
NZ Herald – Former Gloriavale member Peter Faithful found after going missing for a week

NZ Herald – Former Gloriavale member Peter Faithful found after going missing for a week

: By Kurt Bayer – 21/12/2020 An ex-Gloriavale member reported missing by a leavers support group has been found safe after a week-long disappearance. Peter Faithful lived at the remote religious community of Gloriavale on the West Coast for over 40 years. Read more here: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/former-gloriavale-member-peter-faithful-found-after-going-missing-for-a-week/ILZJ2AK5PQOTNUMSPIA4ROITMU/…
More FM – Lana has a fascinating chat with an ex-Gloriavale member

More FM – Lana has a fascinating chat with an ex-Gloriavale member

: More FM The Breakfast Club – 20/10/2020 [Video can be viewed in article link]. Lana sat down with Hannah, a 25 year old girl who left Gloriavale 5 years ago along with her family, for a fascinating chat. Check out the eye opening interview. Watch here: https://www.morefm.co.nz/home/shows/the-breakfast-club/2020/10/lana-has-a-fascinating-chat-with-an-ex-gloriavale-member.html?fbclid=IwAR238q-7xnUyz0TI48lRK6SoJLLWOfhjkTEpvphHPVLiNfoPeIYF3pWeSJ0…
Newshub – Andrew Little orders major review into Gloriavale practices after seeing critical 2017 report

Newshub – Andrew Little orders major review into Gloriavale practices after seeing critical 2017 report

: By Michael Morrah – 01/10/2020 [Video can be viewed in article link]. A major review into practices at the Gloriavale religious community has been ordered by the Minister of Workplace Relations. A Government report, obtained by Newshub under the Official Information Act, talks of “oppressive psychological practices”, possible exploitation and…
Newshub – Police, WorkSafe, Labour Inspectorate visit Gloriavale after allegations of controlling behaviour, worker exploitation

Newshub – Police, WorkSafe, Labour Inspectorate visit Gloriavale after allegations of controlling behaviour, worker exploitation

: Michael Morrah – 28/09/2020 [Video can be viewed in article link]. Police, WorkSafe and the Labour Inspectorate have all visited Gloriavale after a Newshub investigation uncovered claims of controlling behaviour by leaders and the exploitation of workers. Newshub can reveal Justice Minister Andrew Little has instructed the Labour Inspectorate to…
Gloriavale Christian Community looking to expand

Gloriavale Christian Community looking to expand

: By Lois Williams – 31/07/2020 The burgeoning Gloriavale Christian Community at Lake Haupiri is looking to expand with a second compound at Lake Brunner, West Coast council leaders have heard. The Greymouth Star reported earlier this year that Gloriavale had purchased an expansive property on the remote western shore of…
Gloriavale centre of abuse inquiry

Gloriavale centre of abuse inquiry

: By: Joanne Carroll – 03/07/72020 The father of girl abused by a Gloriavale teacher says those making new assault claims at the Christian community need to be removed for their protection. Police arrived en masse at the isolated West Coast farm yesterday as part of an inquiry into new allegations…
‘Abusive’ Gloriavale father loses custody of children after court battle

‘Abusive’ Gloriavale father loses custody of children after court battle

: By: Joanne Carroll – 03/07/2020 (Video can be viewed in article link). A mother has won full custody of her children after their father secretly took them to live in Gloriavale, an isolated West Coast community described as “psychologically abusive” by a Family Court judge. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122016785/abusive-gloriavale-father-loses-custody-of-children-after-court-battle#:~:text=A%20mother%20has%20won%20full,by%20a%20Family%20Court%20judge.…
Gloriavale Man Reunited with Family

Gloriavale Man Reunited with Family

: By: Joanne Carroll – 25/06/2020 (Video can be viewed from article link).  After two and a half years, former Gloriavale man John Ready has been reunited with his family. Ready was born in Gloriavale, an extreme Christian community on the West Coast founded by Neville Cooper, also known as Hopeful…
Leaving Gloriavale

Leaving Gloriavale

: By: Gilly Oppenheim, Essence Magazine, 05/2020 No one gets paid at Gloriavale, and they sign a vow promising that if they should ever leave, they will do so without expecting any financial help. Most of the community members do not realise they are receiving Working for Families Tax credits, or…
Support for Gloriavale leavers

Support for Gloriavale leavers

: By: Chris Tobin – 10/10/2019 People who have left the secretive Christian community Gloriavale shed tears of gratitude when they learned of a $10,000 grant being given to a trust to support them. Liz Gregory, support worker and manager of Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust, said the money received from the…
Starting a new life outside of Gloriavale

Starting a new life outside of Gloriavale

: By: Stuff Reporter – 25/07/2019 (Video and Audio can be accessed in article link). Former Gloriavale members James Harrison, his wife and twelve children fled the secluded West Coast religious community with little more than $40 and a sewing machine between them. In an interview with RNZ, Harrison said the…
Peter Lineham: Gloriavale

Peter Lineham: Gloriavale

: Radio New Zealand – Mike Hosking Breakfast – 18/03/2019 [Audio can be listened to from article link]. Listen to Associate Professor Peter Lineham, Massey University speak on Gloriavale. Listen here: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/audio/peter-lineham-gloriavale/  …
Gloriavale: The Hopeful Christian interview

Gloriavale: The Hopeful Christian interview

: By Jehan Casinader – Stuff – 15/05/2018 [Audio link in article] This story was first published in 2015, but has been republished after Hopeful Christian died after a battle with cancer on Tuesday. “Did you know”, Hopeful Christian whispers, “that some medical vaccines contain the embryos of aborted fetuses? Did…
Secretive religious community Gloriavale’s ‘Declaration of Commitment’ – revealing the rights members must sign away for the rest of their lives

Secretive religious community Gloriavale’s ‘Declaration of Commitment’ – revealing the rights members must sign away for the rest of their lives

: By Paul Hobbs, 1News – 07/04/2018 [Video can be viewed in article link]. For the first time, the full details of Gloriavale’s “Declaration of Commitment” document can be unveiled. It includes an array of sweeping waivers, including how the religious group tries to legally bind people to a lifetime of…

On the “Gloriavale Commune” In India

: India Happenings – 02/04/2017 We came across a recent investigative report which appeared in a New Zealand MSM here. MSM in NZ has been focussing on alleged abuses and other individual rights violations in Gloriavale. Naturally, they are not interested in the expansion of Gloriavale commune to India, as they…
Gloriavale allegations: Read the report

Gloriavale allegations: Read the report

: By: Morgan Tait – 28/03/2017 (Updated 29/03/2017) A copy of a 33-page report and a letter sent to the Christian Church Community Trust board detailing the investigation’s findings into the community at Gloriavale have been released to Newsroom under the Official Information Act. The documents supplied by Charities Services –…
Gloriavale: The history of a reclusive sect

Gloriavale: The history of a reclusive sect

: By: Morgan Tait – 28/03/2017 (Updated 13/11/2017) Founded by Australian-born evangelist Neville Cooper in 1969, Gloriavale follows its own fundamentalist interpretation of the New Testament. The principles of sharing and holding all things in common are at the centre of the group’s philosophy, as well as strictly abiding by God’s…
Inside Gloriavale: The official story

Inside Gloriavale: The official story

: By Morgan Tait – 28/03/2017 This story was originally published in Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. Allegations of physical and sexual abuse, forced marriage, forced separation of families and a controlling environment at the Gloriavale religious community sparked an 18-month investigation by the New Zealand Government. Now, Newsroom’s Morgan…
Amanda Evans: When your Gloriavale reality is not mine

Amanda Evans: When your Gloriavale reality is not mine

: By: Amanda Evans 16/08/2016 Amanda Evans has directed and produced three top-rating Gloriavale documentaries for TVNZ. Here she responds to criticism from one former resident of the South Island religious community that the documentaries don’t dig deep enough. Having read Melissa Harrison’s criticism of Gloriavale – A Woman’s Place, it’s…
NZ Herald – Gloriavale: A timeline of controversy

NZ Herald – Gloriavale: A timeline of controversy

: NZ Herald – 27/07/2016 As Gloriavale returns, we take a look back at the community’s controversy over the years. July, 2007: Ex-Gloriavale members sentenced for robbery July 2014: Gloriavale hits NZ TV screens April, 2015: Ex-Members speak out against Gloriavale’s leader April, 2015: A community rich in assets … Read…

RNZ – Amanda Evans Gloriavale

: Amanda Evans – RNZ – 24/07/2016 Documentary director Amanda Evans discusses our on-going fascination with the Gloriavale community. She’s been filming in the community for several years now and the third part of her television series is set to air this week. Link to listen found here: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/201809422/amanda-evans-gloriavale Direct link:…
Gloriavale Christian Community assets top $40 million

Gloriavale Christian Community assets top $40 million

: By: Joanne Carroll – 29/02/2016 The Gloriavale Christian Community has opened up to defend its tax status as its assets reach more than $40 million. The community leaders took out a large advertisement in the Greymouth Star on Saturday after its financial statements were released online. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/77378317/gloriavale-christian-community-assets-top-40-million…