Auckland commune survivor tells story in new film

Angie Mieklejohn was a teenager when her mother moved her and her siblings to Centrepoint, a commune on Auckland's North Shore.

Run by self-styled guru Bert Potter, the commune seemed idyllic at first.

But young women like Angie and her sisters were encouraged to take LSD and ecstasy.

"I guess I wanted to be one of the in girls, in on the drugs and the drug trials," Ms Mieklejohn told The Project.

Bert Potter was later convicted of drug charges and indecently assaulting young girls.

In a new film by Costa Botes, Angie and her siblings unravel the damage that was done to them at Centrepoint.

Angie spoke to The Project about why she decided to tell her story now, 30 years on.

"I feel like it hasn't really been processed in the public domain." she said,

Ms Mieklejohn said given the popularity of documentaries like Wild Wild Country on Netflix it seems like a good time to be speaking about what happened.

She said she's done a lot of work on herself, and it wasn't too difficult to discuss what happened while the documentary was filmed over the past five years.

"Everybody who was there, every adult created that experience," she said.

"There hasn't been some kind of reconciliation or redemption for the people who suffered."

Bert Potter, who has since passed away, never apologised to the survivors of the commune.

Angie debuts at the New Zealand International Film Festival this Sunday.


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