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 - September 2017

September's After 5pm'ish function was held at the Old Manawatu Herald building in Main Street, Foxton. Over 30 people took the opportunity to have a close look at the recently renovated building. Jim and Sarah Harper use the old print building, which is next door to their home, both to house a bespoke print heritage display and some of their fine old musical artifacts. Having spent a small fortune on both renovation and collections, it must be said that Foxton is now home to one of the finest eclectic collections of music and print, something not seen anywhere else in New Zealand.

While enjoying fine food and drink, attendees mingled with Community Board members and heard Jim explain how he and Sarah came to end up living in Foxton, having migrated North from Wellington, and how things fell together in buying No's 6 & 8 Main Street, with a further property purchase in the pipeline. They have become a large part of all things Foxton, including MAVtech and Foxton Radio. As a couple they are fervent in their belief that Foxton will continue to thrive and become the number one tourist destination in the Horowhenua, and remember Foxton Radio is now open for both Community notices and radio advertising so please support your community.

The $50 door entry prize was drawn by Sarah and won by Carla from Goldies. The next After 5pm'ish event is 6 October at Wholesafe in White Street, Foxton.

FTDA September 2017 - Sarah presents prize to Carla from Goldies.  

Pictured above: Sarah presents the door prize to Carla from Goldies.

Host an 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.