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
    • 4.9 • 186 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

4.9 out of 5
186 Ratings

186 Ratings

LinKS55 ,

Comprehensive research

This is a very compelling podcast. The research is comprehensive and the telling of the stories is both engaging and disturbing. I knew much of the history but not all the depths of depravity that is uncovered.

SoTotallyLeigit ,

Compelling and unsettling

Compelling and unsettling. Adam is a wonderful storyteller - a great balance of well-researched fact, pondering and humour. Kudos to the interviewees, especially Barri the flawed and gentle hero, good guy Robert, and the brave, articulate Centrepoint kids.

999jennz ,

Excellent

Great reporting on a commune in my own community. Great to hear from the kids, and to have their story shared. Massive kudos to Angie and her sisters. I went to school with her, and remember her well. If only we had known what was going on.

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