Gloriavale: BNZ accounts run without members’ knowledge

Gloriavale: BNZ accounts run without members’ knowledge

By: Morgan Tait – 28/03/2017 (Updated 29/03/2017) Senior Gloriavale members may have acted illegally in operating the bank accounts of members without their knowledge – and a government investigation uncovered the activity but did not impose any penalties. The Department of Internal Affairs’ Charities Services investigation did not impose any penalties against the charitable trust […]
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 commandments. In the 1980s the […]
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 Tait can exclusively reveal what […]
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 clear she is very angry […]
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
Men ‘groomed’ to have underage sex in Gloriavale, ex-member says

Men ‘groomed’ to have underage sex in Gloriavale, ex-member says

By: Ashleigh Stewart – 01/05/2015 Gloriavale’s men are “groomed” to have sex with underage girls and should not shoulder the blame, the granddaughter of the commune’s leader says. Another former member has revealed that girls who put on weight were verbally abused and forced to fast. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/68166569/men-groomed-to-have-underage-sex-in-gloriavale-ex-member-says  
Family leaves Gloriavale for new life in Timaru

Family leaves Gloriavale for new life in Timaru

By Sarah Jarvis – 10/03/2015 A family of 14 has left the West Coast’s Gloriavale Christian commune to make a new home in Timaru. On Monday, a Facebook post circulated with details of the family’s plight, asking people for donations of housing, food, money, clothes, household items and a vehicle. Read more here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/67183648/family-leaves-gloriavale-for-new-life-in-timaru?rm=m