Foxton Hub to Open Despite Issues

October 8, 2017

 

Foxton's long-anticipated $7.3 million culture and community hub may open soon, but the project's organisers are still grappling with a budget overspend.

 

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom is set to open mid-November. The centre got a $1m boost from the Government's regional culture and heritage fund, but ongoing funding problems could mean cuts are made to the centre.

 

Horowhenua District Council strategic projects manager Cathy McCartney says heating, ventilation and air conditioning system estimates were below the actual quotes received.

 

This meant the project was still over budget by $200,000 and the council would apply for grants to cover the extra costs.

 

Ms McCartney says if the council did not get more funding, it would look at saving money elsewhere, such as in landscaping, McCartney said.

 

Mayor Michael Feyen says he started advocating for Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom about 13 years ago. He says it's been a hard road and a long road.

 

An opening ceremony was planned for dawn on November 18.

 

 

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