The controversial leader of an Auckland commune that hit the headlines many times during the 1970s and 1980s has died.
Bert Potter, who founded the Centrepoint community at Albany, died in Middlemore Hospital early this morning aged 86.
Potter was jailed for seven years in 1992 after being found guilty of multiple charges of indecently assaulting five girls.
Some of them were as young as three and a half and in some cases the offending was actively encouraged by parents.
The community at one stage had hundreds of members.
Today Centrepoint has just a few members and operates in Christchurch.
Mr Potter, an Alzheimer's sufferer, fell yesterday at a rest home and was taken unconscious to hospital where he later died.