A former Gloriavale member is taking legal action against the West Coast Christian community, accusing leaders of “dereliction of duty” towards their followers. John Ready filed civil proceedings in the High Court at Greymouth on Wednesday seeking the removal of the trustees that govern Gloriavale for poor conduct, mismanagementContinue Reading Sexual assault victims at the secretive religious Gloriavale sect are made to meet with their abuser and forgive them – without police being notified. Gloriavale leaders then give offenders “second and third chances” to stop offending, along with more rounds of forgiveness and repentance meetings when they fail toContinue Reading A former senior member of Gloriavale Christian Community has been convicted of child sex abuse, the Herald can finally reveal following a long legal battle against court suppression orders. The man, who has permanent name suppression, pleaded guilty earlier this year to representative charges that he indecently assaulted andContinue Reading Tarawa was sincere when she made that vow, and she fully intended to marry a young man of the leaders’ choosing and live a life of seclusion and domestic drudgery: cleaning, cooking and sewing for around 500 people. But she had her doubts. While Tarawa says no-one in herContinue Reading “When is our government going to respond to these kind of groups properly?” Leslie asks. “It is extraordinary that the same abuser has been accused by multiple women and no charges have been laid. They need a specialised committee to manage complaints of sexual abuse and an expert advisoryContinue Reading A new report on an 18-month government investigation has hinted a sexual predator is active in the Gloriavale community, a religious expert has said. The Christian Church Community Trust, which governs the isolated West Coast community in Haupiri, was the subject of the Charities Services investigation. The probe beganContinue Reading