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Camp Wakarara has celebrated a milestone birthday, and honoured its founding chairman.

Committee members, custodians, friends and supporters gathered at the camp recently to celebrate 40 years of providing outdoor education to the students, youth and community groups of CHB and beyond.

The celebrations began with the unveiling of a photograph and plaque in memory of Rod Appleton-Seymour, the founder and chairman of the camp up until his death in December last year.

Dale Prebble, who was Camp Wakarara's first secretary, said Rod's determination saw the closed Wakarara School repurposed as the CHB Outdoor Education Centre.

He said Rod believed students came to camp to learn, not just to have fun.

Mr Prebble said Rod was labelled a 'bulldozer' as that's how he got things done.

Graeme Annear is Camp Wakarara's current chair, with Rachel Smith secretary.


Local residents are being urged to consider their water usage.

A run of hot weather, with more expected in the coming days, has prompted the Central Hawke's Bay District Council to ask residents to consider their home water usage in the lead-up to summer.

Chief Executive Monique Davidson says with water having been at the forefront of the conversation in Central Hawke’s Bay for the past 24 months, we recognise how important it is to our community.

She says as a water supplier, Council has an important role in promoting efficient use and minimising waste.

Council is this week launching a 'Saving H2O is the way to go' campaign, which will share tips and tricks from Hawke's Bay residents promoting water conservation.