Every story matters.
If you have a story of living at Centrepoint it is a
story that matters.
Sharing your story has power to bring about change in your life, and in the lives of others
Sharing our stories with other people enables us to make sense of what happened to us, to integrate the memories into our life experience, and to connect with people who understand what it was like. It also breaks down barriers formed by misunderstanding and lack of information. Telling your story requires a lot of trust.
Ways to tell your story
People's experiences of life at Centrepoint have things in common, but equally, experiences were varied and diverse. Your experiences may have little in common with other people who lived there. People also have differing needs and differing capacities for 'going there'.
The Centrepoint Restoration Project is attempting to assist people to find ways to tell their stories, such that each person has control, feels that their personal growth has benefited from this, and so that they are not re-traumatised or stigmatised by the experience. Telling your story may be as simple as seeking out a professional therapeutic relationship. Unfortunately, the treatment options of psychotherapy and counselling have been ruined for many by the therapy-abuse which occurred at Centrepoint.
What is clear though, is that as many as 40 years have gone by since people lived at Centrepoint, and for many people time has not healed anything. Keeping silent has not helped, and pretending that it didn't matter has achieved nothing.
This is not my shame
In a moving interview with John Campbell, Kate, Rachel and Caroline tell some of their stories.
"It's about the ongoing silence. There's so many people who don't feel they can talk. But it's really about standing up and saying, 'This is not my shame. I don't have to carry it,'"
Adults who failed us need to step up
Caroline Ansley talks to Jim Mora on Radio New Zealand to discuss the documentary and how a way forward need to be found that changes the discourse around the Centrepoint story.
A Centrepoint Podcast
Currently an editorial team of experienced journalists are finalising the last details on a podcast about Centrepoint. This podcast involves the stories of many former children and adults of the community. The release date is expected to be late 2021, or early 2022.
If you once lived at Centrepoint you may wish to know more about this podcast series. Please make contact for more information.
Could your story be part of a story-telling project?
The Centrepoint Restoration will be undertaking a story-telling project in 2022. The goal of this project is to collect and collate as many of the stories of former children of the community as possible, and publish written versions of these on the website. The participants would have complete control over what is published, and may choose to anonymise their identity.
If you have been inspired by the bravery of other former children of the community who have told some of their stories already, and you would wish to tell some of your story, please consider making contact for further details about this project.
If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.