A 12-part documentary podcast about the notorious free-love commune, Centrepoint. There are crimes. But this isn’t a whodunnit. It’s a whydunnit.
01: Open Day
A free-love commune called Centrepoint springs up in the suburbs of 1970s New Zealand, devoted in equal measure to sex, group therapy, and its guru Bert Potter. What could possibly go wrong?
02: Awkward Buggers
Locals are fascinated by the sights and sounds of the sex commune next door. Founding members recall the optimism and excitement of Centrepoint’s early years – and the bizarre circumstances that led to the community’s first death.
03: The Girl on the Lawn
Who the hell was Bert? How Centrepoint’s leader went from buttoned-up businessman to morally transgressive guru. Meanwhile Barri and “Robert” are each witness to moments that reveal the darkness lurking inside the Centrepoint dream.
04: Under the Carpet
Barri and “Robert” are haunted by the ugly truth about their commune, but they respond differently. Plus: a quick history of communes in Aotearoa, and the complex social forces that made Centrepoint possible.
The ever-expanding Centrepoint commune goes to war: with its fed-up neighbours, with the local council and, thanks to Robert’s decision to speak out, the New Zealand Police.
06: The Centrepoint Kids
It’s the 1980s, and Centrepoint’s on a roll. Bert is investing in the booming stock market; and the head-count keeps rising. But some of the new arrivals at the commune have wild stories to tell.
One of the most fascinating, shocking, well researched and well presented podcasts I’ve listened to.
devonport is decadent and depraved
a girl fights for control of her own mind as a vicious parasite infects her family, turning those she trust most into brainless paedophiles. trapped in a molly-induced coma, she wakes in the future an old woman. with only a talking bear for company, she sets out to save the children from the greatest evil of all - herself. told with delicacy and wit, this doco explains how the lizard people came to rule our universe as best as journalism can. messed up. five stars.
Good not Great
While I appreciate the effort and care that has gone into this podcast, and the lack of sensationalist journalism for once. It has to be said the story itself is just not very interesting. Perhaps it’s just me.