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 - April 2017

April's FTDA After 5pm'ish function was well received with over 30 people attending and enjoying finger food and drinks while catching up on the local business scene. The event was held at Caldow Builders' new premises on the corner of State Highway 1 and Purcell Street, Foxton. The large premises with its illuminated signage acts as a good landmark as you enter Foxton from the South.

Rodney Caldow made everyone welcome and provided a run down on what has made Caldows a name at the forefront of building, not only in Foxton but in the lower North Island, with large projects ranging up to Taihape. From humble beginnings working for Hammer Hardware's Jake Slykhuis, Rodney and his family have, over 30 years, built up a business base that not only includes construction, but storage units and cafe Simply Balmy, and have been responsible for most of the major projects that Foxton residents will know, and why Caldows is a major employer in Foxton.

Rodney knows that to make a successful business hard work, commitment and a good business head are needed, which is why he is keen on ensuring that apprentices are trained up to become the builders of the future.

The door prize entry draw of a $50 Simply Balmy voucher was won by Jason Davey from New World Foxton.

Next After 5pm'ish event

The May After 5pm'ish event will be held at Foxton Sports Radio at 10 Futter Street, Foxton. If you or your business is interested in hosting an After 5pm'ish event in 2017, please contact Paul at the Celtic Motel.

FTDA April 2016 - Rodney Caldow draws the winning ticket.  

Pictured above: Rodney Caldow draws the winning ticket.