'He deserved to rot in jail' - woman who claims she suffered sexual abuse at hands of former Gloriavale leader gives emotional interview

A woman who claimed she was sexually abused by former Gloriavale leader Hopeful Christian in the 1980s has given an emotional interview after his death, saying he escaped justice and "deserved to rot in jail."

Yvette Olsen, a former Gloriavale member now living in Australia, says she is grieving the fact that Hopeful Christian didn't get the justice he deserved while alive.

"I don't believe he met the justice he so richly deserved, he deserved to rot in jail for the rest of his life.

"He never took responsibility for anything he did that is why there are so many sufferers out here," Ms Olsen told 1 NEWS.

However, she still feels sorry for those affected by his death that she keeps in touch with.

Sunday’s Jehan Casinader interviewed the religious leader before he died, and says the community will adapt to go on without him. Source: Breakfast

"I'm sorry the man's dead but I more feel grief for his children who are my friends."

Her biggest emotion on hearing the news of Hopeful Christian's death at 92 is one of relief though.

"Complete and utter shock and then I have to admit I must have gone through a hundred emotions but the biggest one is relief his hold over me is finally over, he can't do anymore damage and for that I feel a lot of relief."

While the West Coast commune mourns his death at 92, others have taken the opportunity to speak out against him. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms Olsen says she can now speak more openly of her traumatic experiences at the hands of Christian without fear of reprisal.

"When he was alive he would try and say everything I said was a lie and it wasn't, it's the truth - now he can't do that anymore."

Yvette Olsen says she is grieving the fact that Hopeful Christian didn't get the justice he deserved while alive. Source: 1 NEWS

Other industries raise concerns after retail workers claim they are working unpaid overtime

After some of the biggest names in New Zealand retail have been contacted by a workers union to investigate claims of unpaid overtime, other sectors are now raising their voices too.

The early childhood sector is one of those now looking into concerns about unpaid overtime.

"What I'm hearing is that within the private commercial sector teachers have been asked to come in for meetings in their own time unpaid," Early Childhood Education national executive rep Virginia Oakly told 1 NEWS.

First Union has collated complaints from its union and non-union members who allege their respective companies have been expecting employees to either stay back and work late for tasks, such as cashing up, tidying up or for work-related meetings.

1 NEWS spoke with a former staff member from a popular clothing brand, who said he felt “exploited” by the company .

"Essentially they’re using us for free labour. Often when we were meant to finish at eight, we’d be there at quarter to nine. So 15 minutes was paid, 30 minutes was not," he said.

Thirty percent of those who responded to First Union had similar stories. The organisation says it has communicated this morning with a number of major companies and asked them to investigate. 

Retail, finance and commerce secretary Tali Williams says the companies involved vary drastically in how widespread the problem is within their company.

"For some, it's simply a rogue issue with one supervisor or manager not being aware that they are breaking the law, for others it’s a systemic issue throughout company stores nationally."

Ms Williams says the work with companies will continue over the coming weeks.

"We will work with companies to ensure employees are not asked to work without pay."

First Union says it's received thousands of complaints from disgruntled current and former staff. Source: 1 NEWS


Winners in new Labour-led Government's first Budget set to be health, education and state housing, says 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch

The winners in Grant Robertson's first Budget on Thursday are set to be health, education and state housing, says 1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch.

In health, $8 billion over four years has been promised - a big injection - and things like mental health are due for a win too, Mutch said.

"With education, things like early childhood education we understand will be a winner, and special education," she reported.

There have been a lot of hints that school buildings will be in for a win too, she added.

"With housing, we understand more state housing will be promised to be built as well."

But the word is don't hold your breath or get too excited.

"That's because the Government has already promised a lot of those just after the last election in the mini budget - things like the $75 a week families package," Mutch said.

She said a lot is riding on the Budget for the Finance Minister.

"He's set to deliver a higher-than-expected surplus. And he's going to be putting some of that aside in a kitty. He's going to be saving it for a rainy day for things like a natural disaster or for this Mycoplasma bovis outbreak."

The Government has already delayed some promises and our political editor says there could be more. 

"We saw that with the cheaper GP visits that were promised. And we'll find out more details of that in the Budget. There could also be more that are delayed or phased in as well."

National has said the Government has inherited a very favourable position with a lot of money to spend in this Budget.

But Mutch said with that comes expectation, especially for those that traditionally do well under Labour, and we'll see if it delivers in Thursday's Budget.

Grant Robertson will deliver the new Labour-led Government's first Budget since taking power tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS