Anke Richter

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.

Jul 25, 2018

Disney on rice: at Gloriavale's public variety show

It’s free, four hours long and promises 'A World of Adventure and Discovery'. But does the Gloriavale concert present a true reflection of the fundamentalist group?

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May 21, 2018

Memes, dress-up parties and pranks: finding the funny in Gloriavale

If you have a Gloriavale fetish, you’re not alone. There’s a growing fan base out there.

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May 14, 2018

Blessed be the fruit: A return to Gloriavale in a Handmaid's Tale world

The heavenly flock of Angel, Dove, Mercy and others is back, happy as ever in blue, but this time in a documentary mini-series.

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Dec 17, 2017

‘He’s the Al Capone of sexual abuse’: NZ model Zoë Brock on why she is suing Harvey Weinstein

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.

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Mar 30, 2017

Gloriavale report: Have we learned nothing from Centrepoint?

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.

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