Centrepoint was an intentional spiritual community, active in the 1980s and 1990s in Auckland, and lead by Bert Potter. The story of Centrepoint is one surrounded by complexity, controversy and shame. Many former residents of the community have felt that there is no space for the stories of their difficult experiences to be voiced, and to be heard.
The Centrepoint Restoration Project is about integrating these difficult experiences, through finding connections and sharing stories with safe people, in safe ways. It is about claiming the narrative back. It is about witnessing to the truth. It is about acknowledging action taken in the past to address the wrongs, being thankful for those steps, but recognising that what has gone before is not enough. For those who feel that the history is not yet finished, this project is about finding ways to bring about resolution.
In 2021 a group of former Centrepoint children invited their fellows, and the generation who were adults while they lived at the community, to join them in a restorative journey.
It takes intention, effort, and collaboration to lay to rest the past. The children of Centrepoint are asking for acknowledgement, and real restorative action, connected to heart-felt concern. Consider signing the letter, and becoming part of the change.
Check out some of the things we have set up to provide ways to help you and others