Foxton Regeneration receives $3.86m PGF kickstart
Published: Jul 24, 2020
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.
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.