About the Trust
In 1931 at Otaki Beach, the first permanent site for a health camp was built. Now closed, the grounds and buildings are under DOC management until their future has been decided.
The Trust has been formed to preserve and restore the hexagonal shaped building, (the rotunda), which was used as a children's dormitory. The Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda is a registered charitable trust, number CC56810.
Protected from demolition, but not from deterioration, by its status as a Heritage New Zealand Category One building, it remains a striking structure on the exterior. The interior, with its seamless blend of form and function, displays a stunning clarity and harmony.
Friends of the Otaki Rotunda was formed at a public meeting in Otaki on 27 February with Di Buchan as Chair and Jock Phillips as her deputy. Its goal is to preserve the rotunda for public use. Since Heritage New Zealand now recognises the total site and all the buildings as an Historic Place, the Trust looks forward to close cooperation with Heritage NZ.