Stuff – The court battle between Gloriavale leavers and leaders revealed
By Liz McDonald and Joanne Naish – Stuff – 19/05/2021
Gloriavale leaders are defending claims they have breached their duties to members of the Gloriavale community as they fight a landmark civil action taken out by former members.
The plaintiffs have asked the High Court to give control of the community’s assets to the Public Trust because they allege the West Coast community’s leaders have failed to provide adequate working and living conditions.
Their lawyer, in a February hearing, alleged the community breeds sexual predators and victims, and members are forced into “slave labour”. The plaintiffs say they are also concerned about the quality of the accommodation, food, and access to medical care and education members receive.