Our Connections

Eendracht Maakt Macht - Teamwork - KotahitangaTANS sign trust deed - ambassador hapi arjan

We're not going it alone in Foxton. In the good old Dutch tradition of samenwerking and collaboration we've partnered with local tangata whenua, Horowhenua District Council and many others to create the multimillion tourist attraction Te Awahou - Nieuwe Stroom. We all signed the TANS Trust Deed in 2008, in the presence of His Excellency Arie van der Wiel, onze Nederlandse Ambassadeur.

More recently, Ambassador Rob Zaagman helped us place a Dutch 'Mauri' stone - een zwerfkei uit Nederland to symbolise our spirit - in a joint time capsule. He also helped us turn the first sod.

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom brings a raft of cultures, organisations and activities together, literally under one roof.

The 2000m2 Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom building was designed by architect Pete Bossley, of Te Papa fame. Horowhenua District Council has created a multi-cultural facility - in a huge old Mitre 10 building that was built by local Dutchman Jake Slykhuis -  that is the home for numerous initiatives.

  • The Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre
  • The Piriharakeke Youth Inspiration Centre
  • The new local Librarytans - signing Whare - AMbassador te taitoa maori
  • I-Site tourist information centre
  • Flax Stripper Museum
  • The local Service Centre

Foxton - Te Awahou

The historic township of Foxton - Te Awahou is uniquely placed to become one of the great tourism centres along State Highway 1. The historic heartland town has plenty of classical buildings that remind visitors of its past glory days as a flax processing and bustling harbour town. It boasts one of the widest Main Streets in New Zealand, complete with a horse drawn tram. De Molen proudly raises its sails above the town.

Read more about how Foxton is changing its future by clicking here and the fantastic community spirit that's very much alive in Foxton, with many different parties partnering to achieve common goals.