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Gloriavale Christian Community is a small Christian group based at Haupiri on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. They were founded in the 1960s by Neville Cooper (Hopeful Christian), who in 1994 was jailed for 5 years for indecent assault upon several young girls and women.


The group was founded in 1969 by Cooper, an Australian-born evangelist who was invited to preach in New Zealand. He founded what became known as the Springbank Christian Community near Christchurch in the South Island. When this community grew too big for its property, the members bought land on the West Coast and shifted there over a period from 1991 to 1995. They named their new property in the Haupiri Valley "Gloriavale" and established the Gloriavale Christian Community. This property is about 60 km inland from Greymouth. In 1995 Neville Cooper was jailed for almost a year on sexual abuse charges. He was convicted on the testimony of his son and some young women who had fled the compound.[1]


Known by some outsiders as the "Cooperites", the group rejects this name and members refer to themselves only as Christians. Members of the community live a fundamentalist Christian life in accordance with their interpretation of the teachings of the New Testament. The community attempts to uphold the example of the first Christian church in Jerusalem (Acts 2:41-47) for its principles of sharing and holding all things in common. The group teaches that the only true way to salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to the commands of God.[2]

The community earns its income from several ventures including dairying and the manufacture of gardening products made from sphagnum moss.[3]

Those who leave the community are shunned and denied contact with family members still remaining at Gloriavale.[4]

One Christian cult-watching group refers to Gloriavale as a "cult, both theologically and sociologically." It says that "Theologically this group is a cult of Christianity, as its theology -- as well as its practices based on that theology -- places it well outside the boundaries of the Christian faith."[5]


The community runs Gloriavale Christian Community School, a private coeducational composite (years 1-15) school with a roll of 127.[6] The school moved to the West Coast in 1990.[7]


  1. ^ Quilliam, Rebecca (23 April 2009). "Father tells of rescuing kids from West Coast cult". APN New Zealand. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ What We Believe, Springbank, First Edition, The Eighth Month, 1989 (The book, researched and written by the group, sets out the way its members should live, what they should believe, and how they should behave. The book is never taken to replace the authority of the Bible, but is considered only to be guide to doctrines and beliefs.)
  3. ^ Brown, Giles (9 January 2010). "West Coast Christians in search for gas". Fairfax NZ. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sunday speaks to families who have recently fled Gloriavale". TVNZ. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gloriavale Christian Community at a Glance". Apologetics Index. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Gloriavale Christian Community School". Ministry of Education. 
  7. ^ "Private School Review Report: Gloriavale Christian Community School". Education Review Office. November 2004. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Beale, Fleur (2009). Sins of the father: the long shadow of a religious cult. Dunedin. ISBN 978-1-877460-30-2. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°36′13″S 171°42′1.7″E / 42.60361°S 171.700472°E / -42.60361; 171.700472

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New Zealand Herald
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:41:15 -0700

The Gloriavale Christian Community School has been given a clean bill of health by the Education Review Office. In its report, which was released today, the Education Review Office (ERO) said many improvements had been made around the school since it ...
New Zealand Herald
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:59:46 -0700

Gloriavale is like Christian communities elsewhere in the world - a male-dominated mix of good intentions and flawed beliefs. Gloriavale Christian Community families could be claiming many thousands of dollars a year in Working for Families subsidies.


Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:07:49 -0700

Gloriavale's schools have raised no concerns with education officials. Picture taken from the documentary Gloriavale by Kapiti man Cody Packer. Gloriavale Christian Community School has raised no concerns with state regulations, the Education Review ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:53:50 -0700

The family, many of whose children were born in the Gloriavale Christian Community in Haupiri - on New Zealand's west coast - have moved 200 miles away to live with a 'normal' family as they begin reintegrating into society, the New Zealand Herald reports.
New Zealand Herald
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:33:45 -0700

"Somebody from the Gloriavale Christian Community called to tell us (Diesel) had been seen in the dog trap," Mrs Bourke said today. "He is very skinny, but okay." However, in a downside to the happy reunion the aluminium dog trap was stolen soon after ...


Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:26:23 -0700

Registered by the state; inspected by the Education Review Office, and partially funded by taxpayers – but what is taught there? Liz Gordon, co-Convenor of QPEC, has been researching the Gloriavale School for three years. She has concluded that the ...
New Zealand Herald
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:27:55 -0700

Former Gloriavale Christian Community members have revealed that hundreds have left since its early days, including several families in the past year or so. On July 17, TV2 screened a documentary following the six-week courtship and marriage of one ...


Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:37 -0700

Gloriavale Christian Community, across from Lake Haupiri on the West Coast, where ex-members have spoken out about abuse. Gloriavale's men are "groomed" to have sex with underage girls and should not shoulder the blame, the granddaughter of the ...

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