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Police will be making sure members of a prominent West Coast religious sect comply with the nationwide lockdown.
New Zealand's at alert level 4 of its pandemic response plan – meaning lockdown is mandatory.
But concerns are mounting that residents of Gloriavale – a 600-strong Christian community 67km east of Greymouth - aren't following proper isolation procedures.
Gloriavale leaders earlier told the NZ Herald they had been in lockdown since Friday March 20.
But the Gloriavale Leavers' Support Trust says that's not the case.
Manager Liz Gregory said over the last two weeks she's been inundated with calls from former members, fearing for the safety of family still on the inside.
Then, she said a current resident sent her a photo, showing children leaving the school grounds for Friday lunch - and prams parked outside the daycare where children are reportedly being looked after.
Gloriavale leaders had previously said schools and daycares were closed on Thursday – in line with the nationwide lockdown coming into effect.
Gregory said she's passed the images on to police.
"They aren't complying. I don't believe they will comply, or want to comply. Gloriavale will not want their individual families to be together.
"That could be dangerous for their regime."
Gregory said she's got more evidence too – but so far neither police nor any other Government agency has been in touch.
"I have details. I have names of people who've been in and out, circulating in the community. We have photographic evidence, I haven't been asked for it to be cited.
"I don't know if anyone's taking this seriously or not."
Gregory said if any authorities are looking into it, she hopes they know what they're dealing with.
"Gloriavale's not just a benign little company with a few businesses.
"This is an empire, a regime, a country-within-a-county… and we find the Government struggles to interface with them."
It shouldn't be assumed the community is safe either, just because it's very insular.
"We know five or six instances of people who've come and gone from there. Greymouth is their nearest town. They've been there, in and out, for the last two weeks.
"That's where the only death has been – and media reports today show that woman didn't know where she contracted the virus."
The community is full of good people, many of whom won't have full knowledge of just how dire the Covid-19 situation is in the outside world, Gregory said.
For those that are, she believes the leaders are using fear tactics to keep them in line.
She has refused to share the photo she sent to police publicly – out of concern it could identify the individual who took it.
Gloriavale has been approached for comment.
A police spokesperson has said they are aware of the situation, and the reports.
They are working closely with partner agencies and the Gloriavale community, to ensure they are aware of and complying with alert level 4 requirements.
Timeline for Gloriavale's reactions [Goriavale Leavers' Support Trust - via numerous sources]:
• Tuesday March 17 – Govt announced restrictions to groups over 100 meeting. Gloriavale ignored this and continued meeting and eating together with nearly 600 people.
• Friday 20th March – Leader Howard Temple rang Police to seek guidance. He told the community that the Police said they should be okay to continue as normal, but they would have to check with Healthline. Gloriavale put in place cleaning procedures for people who were coming back into the community (shower and wash clothes) and they started limiting people who were coming and going.
• Sunday March 22 – Continued with their meeting of 600 people, including holy hugs and kissing session.
• Monday March 23 – Alert 3 put in place, closing schools and non-essential workplaces. Gloriavale continued as normal. They set aside one couple to do the grocery shopping and she will live isolated for the duration of the alert.
• Tuesday March 24 – Schools and daycares and workplaces remained open, people eating meals together.
• Wednesday March 25 – Schools and daycares and workplaces remained open, people eating meals together. Gloriavale set up a roadblock to ensure no one gets in or out.
• Thursday March 26 – whole country moves to Level 4 lockdown – children still in schools and daycares (although they have a sign up saying they are closed), meals to be eaten on your hostel floor. Work places continue as normal.
• Friday March 27 – Children still in schools and daycares until 12pm (usual end time for a Friday).
• Saturday March 28 – children still in daycare centres.