Posts Tagged ‘Gloriavale’

Serious incidents at Gloriavale reported to WorkSafe; no action taken

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Gloriavale workers have suffered lost fingers, falls, chemical burns and been overcome with toxic fumes in a series of incidents since 2016. However, the Government’s workplace safety watchdog ruled the incidents did not meet the “minimum threshold for formal investigation.” It comes after reports some members of the West Coast Christian community were forced to Read more

Royal commission gathering evidence relating to Gloriavale

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care recently announced it will investigate The Catholic and Anglican churches. It is also going to be carrying out a separate inquiry into Marylands a residential school for boys, many with learning disabilities. But other investigations into faith-based institutions are also going to be set up, as Read more

Concerns raised about Gloriavale complying with lockdown

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Concerns have been mounting that members of the Gloriavale Christian community are not adhering to the nationwide lockdown. Those close to the exclusive, controlling Christian community 67km east of Greymouth told the Gloriavale Leavers’ Support Trust the rules were being ignored. Police said they were working with the Gloriavale community to make sure its members Read more

Trust established to support former Gloriavale members

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

During the past six years about 70 former members of the Gloriavale community based at Haupiri, on the West Coast of the South Island, have resettled in South Canterbury, Liz Gregory says it’s now time to set up a trust to help support those who had made the “massive” decision to leave the community of Read more

Gloriavale applies for Provincial Growth Fund grant

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
provincial growth fund

The Gloriavale community is applying for a grant from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund to set up a new health food enterprise on the West Coast. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says he didn’t expect communes to put in for a share of the provincial growth fund but Gloriavale’s application has shown anyone can Read more

The life and death of Gloriavale’s Hopeful Christian

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
hopeful christian

Gloriavale founder, Neville Cooper, know as Hopeful Christian, died on Tuesday at his community on the South Island’s West Coast. He had been suffering from cancer. Cooper’s funeral took place on Wednesday, but outsiders were not allowed to attend. They were able to email condolence messages to the community. Two cars blocked the entrance to the Read more

Christian’s in battle for the souls of Gloriavale

Monday, May 7th, 2018

There is a battle going on for the souls of the people of Gloriavale – a battle that is taking place night after night at the fundamentalist Christian community Religious groups are undertaking night-time raids to drop off material that presents a different view of God. Read more Related Posts:Serious incidents at Gloriavale reported to…15-year Read more

Gloriavale document swears members to secrecy

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The controversial community of Gloriavale is under scrutiny again after a document that seeks to legally bind members to secrecy was revealed. The document allegedly included clauses that stopped members from speaking about the community to outsiders and others that prohibited any legal action, TVNZ reported. Continue reading Related Posts:Serious incidents at Gloriavale reported to…Saskatchewan Read more

Former Gloriavale member: “Good and bad things and people exist in all communities”

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Ben Canaan is disappointed there are so many sensationalised accounts of Gloriavale. He thought the documentary aire late last month A Woman’s Place, which aired in late July, “accurately portrayed” parts of the community, but did not ask the hard questions. He said good and bad things and people existed in all communities, but the Read more

Gloriavale doco obscures sinister truth

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Every winter for the past three years we’ve been offered another rare glimpse inside the controversial West Coast Christian community, through a series of documentary specials which increasingly seem to be little more than a NZ On Air-funded PR exercise for one of the country’s richest churches. Wednesday night’s instalment, provocatively subtitled A Woman’s Place, Read more