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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.


The community runs Gloriavale Christian Community School, a private coeducational composite (years 1-15) school with a roll of 127.[4] The school moved to the West Coast in 1990.[5]


  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. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Gloriavale Christian Community School". Ministry of Education. 
  5. ^ "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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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
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:01:44 -0700

The reclusive Gloriavale Christian community, which currently has more than 500 members, was founded in 1969. It relocated from its original North Canterbury site to Haupiri in 1991. Gloriavale spokesman, brother Fervent Stedfast, said it was the Ben ...
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 ...
New Zealand Herald
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:44:01 -0700

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 Limited (OHIL), is planning the new well on the Niagara ...
New Zealand Herald
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:02:25 -0700

A new documentary on the Gloriavale Christian Community on the West Coast follows the six-week courtship and marriage of one young couple, after leaders at the Lake Haupiri community opened the doors to a film crew. Gloriavale - A World Apart will ...
New Zealand Herald
Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:35:21 -0700

The Ministry of Health says it will not adjust immunisation targets for the West Coast, even though the ever-growing Gloriavale Christian Community refuses to immunise its children. The group, now numbering over 400, lives communally on the shores of ...

Nelson Mail

Nelson Mail
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:37:36 -0800

Westport has an airline ready to take over when Air New Zealand pulls out in April. Marlborough-based Sounds Air says it will fly nine-seater aircraft between Wellington and Westport six days a week. Air New Zealand said in November that it would drop ...
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:56:15 -0700

About 10 kilometres to the south-west another historic well site, Niagara, is being explored by Gloriavale Christian Community. Based in Haupiri, inland from Greymouth, the community supports itself with a number of industries, including deer and dairy ...

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