Anke Richter is a correspondent for the German media and the author of three books. Cults, groups and progressive movements have fascinated her all her life. She lives in Lyttelton and gets her guru-free communal group experience once a year at Convergence, an alternative festival in North Canterbury.
Zoë Brock is one of six women suing Harvey Weinstein, arguing that the film mogul’s sexual misconduct is akin to organised crime. The New Zealander now speaks for the first time since the class-action lawsuit was filed last week.
For an ex-member of New Zealand’s one and only 'sex cult', the parallels between Centrepoint and Gloriavale raise some serious questions about the government’s handling of sexual abuse accusations in religious communities, writes Anke Richter.