Foxton's new cultural and community hub set to open in spring
Foxton's new cultural and community hub is set to be opened in spring this year.
Once complete, the Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom centre will feature a Dutch museum and a gallery for national and international exhibitions.
Horowhenua District Council strategic projects manager Cathy McCartney said the centre will be an internationally-recognised destination where Foxton residents and visitors could feel at home.
"This project is unique across New Zealand. The coming together of different cultures and activities into one facility, that will operate as one team, is a significant opportunity," she said.
The Dutch Museum of New Zealand, Oranjehof, will highlight the influence the Dutch community has had on New Zealand, including through cafe culture, dairy and poultry, McCartney said.
The name Oranjehof was chosen by the Dutch Connection Museum Trust in November during the Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's visit to New Zealand.
It referenced the country's national colour, orange, which was also the royal colour and the colour for most of the nation's sporting sides.
The Piriharakeke Generation Inspiration Centre, which will tell the stories of migration, was another part of Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, McCartney said.
It will also incorporate the council's Foxton customer service centre, a library and workshop and learning spaces.
New interior concept visuals provided by the council show what people can expect once the centre is finished.