Oranjehof - Your Dutch Connection Centre

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Great progress in Foxton!

Come and join us - at the Official Opening! - on Saturday 18 November, 2017.

Oranjehof - our national museum and cultural centre for and about the Dutch in New Zealand - will open its doors for the very first time. Next to windmill De Molen and cafe 'The Dutch Oven', we will have a fantastic day - celebrating all things Dutch.

The Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage finds the Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom multicultural project so important, that they granted the project more than $1 million.

Horowhenua District Council has appointed award winning architect Pete Bossley to design the building for the Te Awahou - Nieuwe Stroom project. Here's what his first concept drawings look like.

Building design - outside (Bossley 2014)

Outside view above, inside view below:

Building design - inside (Bossley 2014)

The Te Awahou - Nieuwe Stroom project will revitalise Foxton as a tourism centre for the region. Council is upgrading Main Street and State Highway 1 to attract visitors into the heart of town. Once they arrive there they will be taken on a journey through all the different attractions.

Building design - bird's eye view (Bossley 2014)

To read more? - See our  Media Release.

In September 2013, Horowhenua District Council made a momentous decision, to invest in a project that will transform the future of Foxton and also the future of the Dutch community in New Zealand. We can move full steam ahead with our plans to create Onze Plek - Our Place.

Horowhenua District Council voted unanimously to move ahead with the purchase of the empty Mitre 10 building to house Foxton's new Culture and Community Centre. The Dutch Connection will take pride of place in the more than 1400m2 building on Main Street in the centre of town.

Also check out our  Media Release - about TANS and De Molen. Or our  Media Release - about Jim Harper investing in Foxton. Jim is giving the Dutch Connection the use of his 1880s Dutch Street Organ - De Lieve Stem - one of the few Perlee Draaiorgels left in the world.

You can also read about Horowhenua District Council incorporating our Project into their Annual Plan for 2013 / 2014.