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 Documentary
Warner Bros NZ and NZ OnAir 2020
Currently a NZ based film crew are working on the development of a new television documentary about Centrepoint. This will be aired on NZ television sometime around June 2021. The documentary will explore the history of Centrepoint, through interviews with the people who lived there, who had close connection with the community, and the children who lived in and left the community. If you once lived at Centrepoint you may wish to know more about this documentary. Please make contact for more information.
"You cannot disown what is yours. Flung out, there is always the return, the reckoning, the revenge, perhaps the reconciliation.
There is always the return. And the wound will take you there."
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