Kids asleep at Otaki health camp

Kids asleep at Otaki health camp

Rest time in the boys' dormitory, Otaki Health Camp, c. 1945.

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Evan Jones

Posted: 27 Nov 2020

I attended Otaki Health Camp in 1951 and again in 1955 (born 1946 in Palmerston North).
On one of these stays, I remember Winifred Atwell visiting and playing the piano for us.
Also remember brushing our teeth with salt.
Highlights seemed to be visits to the beach for a swim.

Stephen James White

Posted: 26 Jul 2016

I attended in 68 or 69. I still have great memories 40+ years later. I had really bad asthma at the time and spent a lot of time in hospitals. The school helped me fell better and I never went to a hospital after again. I live in Canada now but will never forget my time in Otaki...


Posted: 27 Feb 2016

Hi there I went to this camp and I think it may have been either 1979 or bit later as I can't remember exactly how old I was . I remember hating it. But i struggle to remember much about it. Does anyone know if you can get any of your records if you had been there. And if so how do you go about this or who do you contact I would be grateful for any information. Thanks


Posted: 14 Apr 2014

I was there in the mid to late 1960's because I had been seriously ill and was unable to gain weight and return to my former health. I loved it was heaps better than being at home. I dont have any photos but do have a lot of good memories.


Posted: 12 Aug 2013

Does anyone have information on reasons for kids being sent to these camps during the late 50's and early 60's?

Bruce Cotter

Posted: 07 May 2010

My brother Richard and myself Bruce Cotter attended the camp in 1971 or '73. I do also who like some photo's or if there anys staff that are still alive you can e-me on [email protected]


Posted: 31 Jul 2008

I attended the camp in 1972, do you have any photo's, or a register of other children or nurses of that era who also attended?