The Commune

The Commune

By Stuff Audio

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.

Episodes

Recommendation: The Trial - The Retrial of David Benbow

If you've loved The Commune, here's a recommendation for another Stuff podcast we think you'll love. It's called The Trial. It’s about a fascinating murder case which went to trial even though there was no weapon or body. After a hung jury, finding ourselves in the middle of our own legal challenge and then a retrial... The Trial podcast is finally back with a verdict. Check out The Trial and follow the show to get instant access to the whole series... But for now, here's a sample for you, as we return to court for The Retrial of David Benbow… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/23·46m 18s

BONUS: Newsable Interview with Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham, creators of The Commune

In this special bonus episode Imogen Wells and Emile Donovan take a peek behind the scenes of The Commune in their conversation with Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham. This interview originally appeared on Newsable, Stuff's daily news podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/23·10m 33s

12: The Wounded Healer

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
05/06/22·1h 26m

11: Zombie Commune

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
05/06/22·58m 52s

10: The Writing on the Wall

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
05/06/22·36m 24s

09: That Feeling of Helplessness

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
05/06/22·47m 6s

08: Lying without Lying

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
05/06/22·39m 6s

07: Cherished Ideas

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
05/06/22·50m 0s

06: The Centrepoint Kids

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
05/06/22·57m 55s

05: Invaders

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
05/06/22·55m 52s

04: Under the Carpet

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
05/06/22·42m 34s

03: The Girl on the Lawn

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
05/06/22·38m 52s

02: Awkward Buggers

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
05/06/22·1h

01: Open Day

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
05/06/22·44m 55s

Trailer: The Commune

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
29/05/22·44s
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