Summer Exhibition: Otaki's Main St

Over the summer we are featuring an additional exhibition about Otaki’s Main St. It features photographs and objects from shops and businesses that were an important part of Otaki’s life in the past.

(Photo: Otaki Historical Society Collection)


Telling stories of the Otaki Children's Health Camp, since it opened in 1932. In the early days, when there was still a fear of tuberculosis,  "delicate and undernourished" children were sent to the camp to improve their health. Meals were plentiful and outdoor activities were held to expose the children to fresh air and sunshine. The local community has always supported the camp, making donations of food and helping with provision of equipment. Many Otaki residents have worked at the camp over the years. 

For some children it  was a fun and carefree time and a respite from a difficult home life. For others it was not such a happy time, with heavy discipline and unfamiliar surroundings.  This exhibition tells some of the stories from children and staff, and features the early years, buildings, food and activities and the health stamp campaigns.

There is also a new book available: "Sun, Sea and Sustenance" written by Di Buchan about the history of the camp.