Camp Kaitawa set to cel­e­brate 50th birth­day

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER Any­one want­ing to go to the cel­e­bra­tion can con­tact Brian Pe­ploe on 06 8448541, or email thep­eps@xtra.co.nz

Perched on the edge of the mighty Te Urew­era Na­tional Park sits a camp ground that has de­lighted chil­dren for nigh on 50 years, some­thing that will be cel­e­brated this month.

Camp Kaitawa opened as an out­door ed­u­ca­tion camp in 1967, us­ing build­ings from Kaitawa School, which was opened for chil­dren of peo­ple build­ing the Kaitawa Power Sta­tion.

The build­ings were shifted to Piri­paua Power Sta­tion in 1944, and the school closed in 1957.

Ten years later Camp Kaitawa was opened by vol­un­teers, mainly to cater for pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate school groups in what was then the Hawke’s Bay Ed­u­ca­tion Board area.

Now the Camp Kaitawa Trust is look­ing for peo­ple who have en­joyed the camp over the past 50 years to share their sto­ries at its 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Oc­to­ber 28.

It’s also hop­ing peo­ple will come for­ward with old pho­to­graphs to help il­lus­trate the good times.

The camp has been up­graded to hold 72 peo­ple, and some guests are now third gen­er­a­tion campers. It is there for schools to use, and can be used for fam­ily re­unions, wed­dings, hunt­ing groups, botan­i­cal so­ci­eties, and much more.

It’s op­er­ated by a char­i­ta­ble trust which con­tracts camp man­agers to over­see the fa­cil­i­ties.

Sig­nif­i­cant vol­un­tary work and char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions en­able fees to be kept at af­ford­able lev­els so that as many as pos­si­ble can en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties and en­vi­ron­ment.

Peo­ple at­tend­ing the 50th an­niver­sary will be treated to pho­to­graphs, sto­ries of school vis­its, and a tour of the fa­cil­i­ties. Lunch is also in­cluded.

The camp opened in 19667, us­ing build­ings shifted from Kaitawa School. It has also been used for wed­dings, re­unions and by botan­i­cal groups.

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