Why Gloriavale are getting daily visits from Police

scandal 13/02/2018

The Gloriavale Christian Community has been under intense pressure as police and social agencies circle in on the remote West Coast community. 

In the past week, West Coast police have been making daily visits to Gloriavale, The Greymouth Star reported. 

Area commander Inspector Mel Aitken declined to detail the reason behind the visits, or if there were any charges pending as a result of the visits. 

It is understood at least 33 females within the community have been interviewed in the past week and a slew of charges were pending.

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Gloriavale leader Fervant Stedfast declined to say if the community was feeling under siege, but said "there's always rumours". 

"I have no comment whatsover," Mr Stedfast told The Greymouth Star

People in the wider Grey district were increasingly aware of what was happening at Gloriavale as younger men banished from the commune were given outside support and employment. 

This was to do with the police being in an active "education role" at Gloriavale, particularly in the community's school. 

"We're out at Gloriavale all the time because we do a lot of education in the school, so it's not unusual for police to go to Gloriavale," Inspector Aitken said. 

Last year, an 18-month Newsroom investigation showed reports of serious misconduct within the community.

Documents obtained from Charities Services, which is part of Internal Affairs, revealed an 18-month investigation into allegations of forced marriage, physical and sexual abuse and enforced control of personal matters such as passports and bank accounts, Newsroom reported. 

SOURCE: Newshub.