Eendracht Maakt Macht - Teamwork - Kotahitanga
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 (TANS). We all signed the TANS Trust Deed in 2008, in the presence of His Excellency Arie van der Wiel, onze Nederlandse Ambassadeur.
We'll bring a raft of cultures, organisations and activities together, literally under one roof.
There's a huge Mitre 10 shop right next door to De Molen. It happens to be owned by a Nederlander, Jake Slijkhuis, who is prepared to sell his building to the Te Awahou - Nieuwe Stroom Trust. Our architect Pete Bossley, of Te Papa fame, has designed a facility that uses the Mitre 10 roof and structure to house numerous initiatives.
- The Dutch Connection
- Te Taitoa Maori Arts and Craft Centre
- The new local Library
- I-Site tourist information centre
- Flax Stripper Museum
- A kiosk for the Save Our River Trust
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. It 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 vintage trolley buses and a horse drawn tram. De Molen proudly raises its sails above the town. And it probably has more museums per head of population than any other NZ town.
Read more about how Foxton is changing its future by clicking here and how the Te Awahou - Nieuwe Stroom Trust reflects the fantastic community spirit that's very much alive in Foxton, with many different parties partnering to achieve common goals.