Community hub a winner on all fronts
Foxton’s Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom has become an integral part of the community since it opened on November 18 last year.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom is a multi-purpose community hub dedicated to the preservation and development of Horowhenua’s cultural, social, and economic heritage.
It houses New Zealand’s national Dutch museum and a Maori museum – the Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre and the Piriharakeke Generation Inspiration Centre repectively.
It also contains Foxton Library, Horowhenua District Council’s Foxton customer service centre, a café, a visitor information centre, community exhibition space, and meeting and conference facilities.
“It provides services for the local Foxton community, as well as facilities, events, and exhibitions attracting visitors from across Horowhenua and outside the district.”
Eight months after opening, 111,231 people had visited Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, and Foxton Library book issues for December 2017 were up 78% from December 2016.
“Being part of Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom has put our library at the heart of the community, and that is reﬂ ected in the positive lending statistics,” says Hendrix.
“It’s an inviting, stimulating, safe place for young and old alike to spend time.”
In addition to a thriving library, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom has maintained a busy and varied schedule of events, including Sinterklaas by the Manawatu Dutch Society, glass art workshops by Australian glass artist Ruth Oliphant, an on-site holiday programme during the summer holidays, musical duo Toi Warbrick, the Big Dutch Day Out, and the Abel Tasman Exhibition.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom has also hosted tour groups from Foxton Day Tours, and even a wedding. Hendrix says the facility is giving Foxton people opportunities they never had before.
The development has also enjoyed an astonishing run of success in national and international awards, as the winner of the NEC Project of the Year at the NEC Awards 2018, the Public Architecture Award at the New Zealand Institute of Architects Western Architecture Awards, and the Museum Project Excellence Award at the New Zealand Museum Awards.
In addition, it was a ﬁnalist for the Creative New Zealand EXCELLENCE Award for Best Creative Place in the Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards 2018.
He says the awards reﬂect the growing national and international recognition that the facility is a great asset for the Foxton community and an outstanding example of what can be achieved by working together.
“The awards recognise the incredible contributions of many individuals, organisations, and the community over a number of years,” he says. “Everyone involved in making Horowhenua District Council a reality can be very proud.”
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