Posts Tagged ‘Gloriavale’

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

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

Gloriavale special trumps Filthy Rich with highest TV2 ratings

Friday, July 29th, 2016

According to Nielsen statistics, a whopping 429,000 Kiwis tuned into TV2’s Gloriavale special, A Woman’s Place on Wednesday night. The doco-series follows the young residents living in an exclusive Christian community on New Zealand’s West Coast, as they prepare for marriage, parenthood and life at Gloriavale. Gloriavale aired during the 8.30pm timeslot on TV2, with Read more

No investigation into Gloriavale school

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Segregated education at the secretive Gloriavale sect will not be investigated despite concerns for children’s rights, a select committee has decided. The Education Review Office was called before the Education and Science Select Committee today to explain why the extreme fundamentalist school was allowed to teach separate subjects for girls and boys, and stop education Read more

Gloriavale school could lose funding worth millions

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Gloriavale’s leaders have been told government funding for its three early childhood centres – which topped $2.4 million over a year – is likely to be at risk. Gloriavale could lose its funding because it is opposed to identification numbers for preschoolers. “Gloriavale … disagree with the use of a student number for their children,” said Read more

Family of 14 leave West Coast’s Gloriavale commune

Friday, March 13th, 2015

A family of 14 has left the West Coast’s Gloriavale Christian commune to make a new home in Timaru. Last 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. The Facebook page has since been deleted. “This family came to Read more

Gloriavale Christian Community to drill oil well

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A company owned by the Gloriavale Christian Community, on the West Coast, expects to drill a new oil well this spring with a rig that has recently arrived from Korea. Ocean Harvest International Ltd (OHIL) is planning the new well on the Niagara structure near Greymouth. Gloriavale’s geological consultant, Murry Cave, said oil had been Read more

Christian Community resisting Government immunisation drive

Friday, July 5th, 2013

The Ministry of Health in New Zealand says it will not adjust immunisation targets for the West Coast of the South Island, even though the ever-growing Gloriavale Christian Community refuses have its children immunised. The group, now numbering over 400, lives communally on the shores of Lake Haupiri, inland from Nelson Creek. Despite growth at the Read more