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 

Friday, 3 March saw the first FTDA After 5pm'ish business networking event for 2017, held at Unique Realty (Professionals) in Main Street, Foxton. Over 30 people attended and had the opportunity to mix with other business and professionals while enjoying finger food and drinks. It was a great turnout for the first event of the year.

Amanda Jackson (FTDA Vice President) started off the official segment and gave everyone an insight into what the FTDA does and how it spends funds raised from events like the Spring Fling. This was followed by Lee Vertongen, co-owner and manager of the Foxton branch of Unique Realty, who welcomed all to the newly re-branded and redecorated business premises and explained how the branch fitted into the family-owned business model which incorporates four branches with the head office in Palmy. The modern branding showed a vibrant and successful realty firm that was sure to sell property with its strong advertising features. Local Councillor Ross Brannigan also updated everyone with the latest information regarding the Foxton Main Street upgrade progress. The $50 door entry prize was won by Joyce Sewell and was presented by Lee Vertongen.

April's After 5pm'ish event will be held at Caldow Builders.  If you or your business is interested in hosting an After 5pm'ish event in 2017, please contact Paul at the Celtic Motel.

Lee Vertongen (right) presents Joyce Sewell with the $50 door entry prize.

Pictured above: Lee Vertongen presents Joyce Sewell with her prize.