Foxton Tourist & Development Association

The Foxton Tourist & Development Association (FTDA) is an incorporated society run by a small group of passionate Foxton locals. The goals of FTDA are to promote Foxton as a fabulous place to live and play, through tourism and event initiatives, such as the annual  Spring Fling which brings up to 7,000 visitors from far and wide and an annual Quiz Night held in May, in conjunction with Foxton Rotary. The Quiz Night is a fun and entertaining evening which brings young, old, business and townsfolk together in teams to test their general knowledge, with the winning team taking home the Quiz Night Trophy. Contact them by Phone (06) 363 5811 or email

FTDA Management Committee Members

  • Paul Andrews - President (Membership inquiries)
  • Amanda Jackson - Vice President
  • Amanda Morris-Street - Treasurer
  • Joyce Sewell - Secretary
  • Maynard Johnson - Trustee
  • Ingrid Thompson - Patron

'FTDA After 5pm'ish' Networking Sessions

The Foxton Tourist & Development Association (FTDA) runs a popular business/tourism networking forum from March to November, which gives locals the opportunity to meet, network and collaborate, and hear about new initiatives for the town. New members are always welcome to join these networking sessions.  In addition, the Association works closely with the Horowhenua District Council, the Foxton Community Board and other interested groups to enhance and promote fabulous Foxton and Foxton Beach as the perfect Horowhenua location.

FTDA Monthly Update - May 2017

The May FTDA After 5pm'ish function, held at the Foxton Fire Station, saw over 24 people attending and made welcome by Chief Fire Officer Shaun Sayer. Held in the mess room, attendees were given a look back in time with a slide show showing photos of the impressive history of the Foxton Fire Brigade, going back to 1920. The service celebrates its centenary in three years. Being that the firefighters are volunteers and are working people, Shaun thanked the local businesses that employ the volunteers and release them at a moment's notice when the fire siren and pagers go and they race off to man the fire truck. Any time of day or night these men and women answer the call and never know what they are going to find or how long they will be required. If it weren't for the volunteers and their employers, Foxton would not be the place it is today. Meeting every Monday evening, the fire fighters train on equipment and techniques to keep up with the ever changing needs of a modern Fire and Rescue service.

Also giving a presentation was Asst Area Commander Rodger Calder from the Palmerston North Fire Station who explained the new changes being made throughout New Zealand to the Fire Service and Rural Fire, merging and becoming one entity 'Fire Emergency New Zealand', and the changes to the Fire Service Levy, meaning that both paid and volunteer firefighters will have the same rights, terms and conditions, which happens on the 1st of July 2017.

The $50 voucher draw was won by local FTDA supporter Jean Harris. 

Next After 5pm'ish event

If you or your business is interested in hosting an After 5pm'ish event in 2017, please contact Paul at the Celtic Motel.

FTDA May 2017 - Jean Harris receiving her prize from Shaun Sayer.    

Pictured above: Jean Harris receives her prize from Shaun Sayer.