Posts Tagged ‘Hopeful Christian’

Crown knew details of Hopeful Christian’s crimes in mid-90s – lawyer

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023

The Crown had detailed knowledge of Gloriavale founder Hopeful Christian’s crimes in the mid-1990s but “dropped the ball” by failing to help the community deal with sexual abuse, the Employment Court has heard. Two Court of Appeal judgments tendered in a case brought by six former Gloriavale women describe how Christian was said to have Read more

The life and death of Gloriavale’s Hopeful Christian

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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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

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

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