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Church of Scientology

Other Main Names:

  • Scientology
  • Dianetics
  • L Ron Hubbard (1911-1986, founder, sci-fi author)
  • David Miscavige (born 30 April 1960, present leader)

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History

General

Lafayette Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) was generally known as a low grade science fiction writer in the United States who in 1950 published a book titled Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. In 1952 he renamed Dianetics as the Church of Scientology, which was based on this book and his fiction.

Hubbard's use of what he called an "E-meter" for psychoanalysis was rejected by medical authorities as totally inadequate, but Hubbard based treatment courses on this, which he charged members to undergo. After problems with the law forced Hubbard to move his headquarters from the United States to Britain, he declared Scientology a religion.

Nowadays the world centre is in the United States, and has been given tax exemption by the US IRS and the New Zealand IRD.

Scientology in New Zealand

18 February 1954. Church of Scientology of California incorporated in California and registered as an overseas company in New Zealand.

28 January 1955. The Church of American Science Inc established here.

26 April 1957. The Hubbard Association of Scientologists International Inc established here.

14 December 1960. The Church of American Science Inc dissolved by declaration.

23 February 1962. The Hubbard Association of Scientologists International Ltd (previously known as the Hubbard Association of Scientologists Ltd) incorporated in England.

January 1965. Hubbard Association of Scientologists International Ltd ceases to have a place of business in New Zealand.

13 September 1965. The Hubbard Association of Scientologists International (HASI) in New Zealand. Originally incorporated in Arizona, U.S.A.

1 October 1966. HASI ceased to have a place of business in New Zealand.

30 March 1967. The Hubbard Association of Scientologists International Inc is dissolved by declaration.

28 June 1968. A petition signed by F. P. O'Donnell and 715 others is presented to Parliament, which refers it to the Select Committee on Social Services. The petitioners requested that a Board of Inquiry be set up to investigate the present activities, methods, and purposes of the Hubbard Association of Scientology in New Zealand.

28 August 2000. Church of Scientology California ceases business in New Zealand. Scientology continues in this country as Church of Scientology New Zealand Incorporated.

Around December 2002. Scientology granted tax exemption by the New Zealand IRD.

June 2007. Scientology buys a $10 million property, the historic (formerly) Whitecliff building in Grafton Rd, Grafton, Auckland.

 
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