Gloriavale Christian Community
Gloriavale Christian Community is a private commune 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of Lake Haupiri. It was set up in 1990 when its members relocated from Springbank Christian Community in North Canterbury. The community of over 400 members operate a number of businesses on their large land holding surrounding their base. The Gloriavale organisation has attracted controversy through the notoriety of its leader, Neville Cooper, now known as Hopeful Christian, who has convictions for sexual assault of community members, and its categorisation by some within the wider Christian community as a religious cult.
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