Foxton Regeneration receives $3.86m PGF kickstart

Published: Jul 24, 2020

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The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $3.86 million to kickstart the Foxton Regeneration project, which is a regional plan to rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton.

Students standing to welcome guests into lines of empty seats.

Te Kura o Te Awahou (Foxton Primary School) welcomed attendees at the funding announcement on Friday 3 July 2020 in Foxton.

The Horowhenua District Council will use the funding to build additional visitor amenities in Foxton, undertake dredging and riparian planting to enhance the existing River Loop, and accelerate planning for the next phases of the project.

When the funding was announced in Foxton on 2 July, Horowhenua District Council Mayor Bernie Wanden said the project encompassed the aspirations of tangata whenua and the community.

"This plan looks at creating a sustainable future for our community which both visitors and locals will benefit from," says Mayor Wanden. 

With the completion of the Ōtaki to North of Levin expressway, Foxton will be the first town north of Wellington, bringing the capital city closer for commuters and visitors.

Robin Hapi CNZM, Chair of the Save Our River Trust, said the funding will go towards improving public spaces and the health of the Foxton River Loop, making the town more attractive and creating employment opportunities.

"This grant serves as encouragement to all of us who continue the fight for the return of the river to its legacy status as an inherited taonga (treasure)," says Mr Hapi.

A group of 13 Foxton Save Our River Trust members standing together happily.

Members and volunteers from the Foxton Save Our River Trust (SORT) have been dedicated to improving the river's health for many years.