The New Zealand Communities Growth Trust was established by High Court Order in March 2000. It is a reformation of the former Centrepoint Community Growth Trust, which established and operated an intentional community in Albany from the late 1970s to the 1990s.
The High Court appointed Public Trust as Trustee and provided for charitable grants to be made under four categories of:
therapeutic and counselling
public benefit (including the support and establishment of communities)
relief of poverty.
The Trust is established for charitable purposes exclusively within New Zealand. The Trust support’s individuals disadvantaged by cults or spiritual communities in particular past residents of Centrepoint and their children and organisations that provide services that meet the purposes of the Trust.