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Trailer: The Commune

Trailer: The Commune

2022-05-2900:29

Coming soon from Stuff: 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.
Trailer: The Commune

Trailer: The Commune

2022-05-2900:29

Coming soon from Stuff: 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01: Open Day

01: Open Day

2022-06-0540:25

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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02: Awkward Buggers

02: Awkward Buggers

2022-06-0555:29

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04: Under the Carpet

04: Under the Carpet

2022-06-0537:52

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05: Invaders

05: Invaders

2022-06-0551:02

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07: Cherished Ideas

07: Cherished Ideas

2022-06-0545:29

Barri finds the answer she’s been seeking but what will she do? Nate tries to raise the alarm about a new arrival. And a humiliated Bert tries chemical assistance to regain the love of his followers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ray is back on the Centrepoint case and he’s determined to arrest Bert. The community hatches a plan to cover up for their guru. Barri tries to make Bert see sense – but is it too late? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After a major police raid, the public finally learns the full horror of what’s been happening at Centrepoint. Barri reaches breaking point. (TW: This episode contains descriptions of sexual abuse.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Centrepoint’s guru is in prison, but the pressure on young people for sex hasn’t stopped. Only now, it’s not just the girls. Barri finally understands she’s been in a cult – but will she ever be free? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11: Zombie Commune

11: Zombie Commune

2022-06-0554:05

Barri deploys a secret weapon in her plot to close Centrepoint down for good: will this be the killer blow? Not if Bert’s loyal lieutenants have anything to do with it. The final battle is on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12: The Wounded Healer

12: The Wounded Healer

2022-06-0501:21:58

Centrepoint is gone, but the trauma remains. Yet for some, those commune years were the best. Everyone grapples with their memories and sense of culpability. And we hear from someone prepared to tell an awful truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (3)

Sarah Witham

really good podcast but I think Barri is a disgusting person... the way she talks about this stuff and then giggles shows how much she will thinks this is ok... oh and also cause she never did a damn thing for so so long... she's messed up

Jul 11th
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Angela McDonnell

Excellent podcast! I binged it, well researched, well done!

Jun 8th
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Mike White

Fantastic podcast, very interesting. Thank you

Jun 7th
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