March 04, 2016
Maori and Dutch cultures share museum space
Horowhenua District Council has approved the construction of a new community hub for Foxton that will include a museum and art gallery representing stories of local Maori, as well as Onze Plek, a national museum celebrating New Zealand's Dutch connections.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom will also include the Foxton community library and the council's Foxton customer service and visitor information centre.
The $7.4 million complex will be built in a former Mitre 10 building off Foxton’s Main Street, and open by December 2017.
Mayor Brendan Duffy says thought and planning has gone in to how the community will use the building, so it provides for galleries, performance spaces and theatres, meeting rooms, lounges, play areas, kitchenettes and rooms for parents and caregivers with infants and small children.
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