Story: Communes and communities
Modestly dressed young people play sport and sing together in this film clip showing the conservative Christian community of Gloriavale in 2006. Gloriavale, in a remote part of the South Island's West Coast, was founded by independent preacher Neville Cooper (also known as Hopeful Christian). Birth control is not permitted, and in 2010 the fast-growing community was home to some 500 people, many of whom had names such as Willing, Ready and Faithful. Members avoid contact with the outside world – even television and newspapers are not allowed. In the 1990s Cooper – like another charismatic male commune leader, Bert Potter of Centrepoint – was jailed on sexual abuse charges.
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