It’s hard to credit now how accepted and acceptable Centrepoint was within a wider hippyish community.
At my intermediate school in the late 80's, the Centrepoint bus lined up along with the bus to Dairy Flat and Paremoremo. Our school swimming sports were hosted at Centrepoint. It was part of the school community too.
I'm gutted now, thinking about the kids who were in my class and what they were going through at the time. I see events advertised at the rebranded complex - outdoor play and exploration for kids - but I can't stomach it at all.