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Gloriavale’s leader has died. Quote:

Gloriavale founder and convicted sex pest, Hopeful Christian, has died after a battle with cancer.

Formally known as Neville Cooper, Christian began the isolated religious sect in 1969.

He served 11 months in prison in 1995 on sexual abuse charges.

Massey University religion expert, Peter Lineham says there are still allegations being investigated involving the elusive leader.

“He was one of the most controversial figures in recent New Zealand history.”

Lineham says the community has intrigued outsiders for decades.

“Part of the Gloriavale story has regularly attracted people who have come by for a look and would love to visit it.” End quote.

The only one who will judge him now is God.

It will be fascinatings to see what happens now at Gloriavale.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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