13 episodes

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.

The Commune Stuff

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

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

    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?

    • 40 min
    02: Awkward Buggers

    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.

    • 55 min
    03: The Girl on the Lawn

    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.

    • 34 min
    04: Under the Carpet

    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.

    • 38 min
    05: Invaders

    05: Invaders

    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.

    • 51 min
    06: The Centrepoint Kids

    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.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Marnie77 ,

Superb podcast

I grew up in a less damaging but problematic cult than Centrepoint, and cringe listened to a lot of the interviews on this podcast. Great journalism, powerful stories and whilst a slightly painful listen, a really good one. Well worth a listen.

Parcelforce are awful ,

Good pod, poor sound

Interesting podcast but poor sound production. Levels unequal makes it hard to hear and follow. If it was remixed could be great.

VickNorman ,

Interesting story

Unfortunately I think it’s told really badly and self indulgently. Repeats substance provided by interviews, talks about his life a lot - slow!

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