A lot has been written about Centrepoint over the years. Some of it is brilliantly researched, some of it is not so rigorous, nor evidence-based. A lot of it is opinion-based and prone to bias and therefore the perspective may be unbalanced. But much of it is about exposing the truth, and considering the complexity of the issues. Some of it is also about covering up, justifying and excusing.


You be the judge of what has value, and what does not.

Featured articles



Anke Richter opens up the story again in catching up with some of Centrepoint's children in 2018. 

She provides another insight to the journeys of the forgotten children that were part of the community and where they are now, what they are doing and how they have established their adult lives beyond Centrepoint


Anke Richter tells the story of her emotional journey through the labyrinth of the post-Bert Potter world of Centrepoint Community. In her efforts to research a book on the commune she encounters psychological complexity and finally accepts that it is too hard. Instead in this article she profiles the stories of some of the people who lived there as children and teenagers and the trauma they experienced, which is still unacknowledged by the majority to the adults who lived there at the time.

JULY 2018

OCT 2015

Listener Magazine

Cult Viewing

This 1994 article by Vanya Shaw can be accessed through the National Library

Crown Law Office

Report of the Committee of Inquiry on its examination and inquiry into the Centrepoint Community Growth Trust, pursuant to Section 58(2) of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957

This 1997 report can be accessed through the National Library

The Spin-Off

Gloriavale report: Have we learned nothing from Centrepoint?

 This March 2017 article in the Spin-Off by Anke Richter draws parallels between the Auckland Commune and the closed West Coast religious community.

The Guardian

"It never stops shaping you: the legacy of child sexual abuse - and how to survive it 

This June 2018 article in the Guardian highlights the profoundly damaging affects of child sexual abuse, and how steps are being taken in the UK to change the outcome for survivors. A project called The Truth Project is described which allows survivors to tell their stories.

"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."


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