Frequently Asked Questions


What does Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom mean?

Te Awahou is the Māori name for Foxton and the waterway that runs beneath the building. Te Awahou translates as ‘the new stream’ in English, and Nieuwe Stroom in Dutch. To us the name symbolises the shared direction and fresh energy that underlie this project.

What is the Piriharakeke Generation Inspiration Centre?

A Māori museum, arts and learning centre that provides an insight in to the lives of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Piriharakeke has a strong focus on the stories, treasures, language and art of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and is operated by the local hapū and Māori community.  We invite you to celebrate with us in a space that will inspire all ages and cultures. 

What will I find at the Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre? 

Oranjehof is a museum with a difference. It’s got a quirky humour of its own. It’s cute and cosy – or gezellig. And it’s delightfully colourful.

The story of the Dutch in New Zealand touches on many aspects of Kiwi life. It’s even reflected in our country’s name, thanks to Abel Tasman. Discover your personal connections with the Dutch – and their children and grandkids – who helped create a more diverse, multi-cultural nation since the 1950s. 

Where do my donations go? 

Your donations help to sustain the attractions of Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park as well as community activities chosen by the partners of Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom.

How is Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom funded?

The Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom building is owned by the Horowhenua District Council. 

The Horowhenua District Council funds the library and council services within the Foxton Community Hub.

Piriharakeke Generation Inspiration Centre is operated and sustained by Te Taitoa Māori o Te Awahou Trust.

Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre is operated and sustained by The Dutch Connection Trust. Our Trusts are charitable. We rely on the generosity of supporters to sustain our attractions. Please talk to us about how you can help

What are the opening hours? 

You can view our opening hours on our Admissions & Hours page.

Do you have a map of the Park?

A map of Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park is available on our Maps page, along with a map of the Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom facility.

Can I hire a room?

We have a range of facilities available to suit any function. 

Do you have wheelchairs available?

We are wheelchair friendly with access to all spaces in the facility.

Do you have Wifi? 

Yes, Wifi is free for all visitors across the Park, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Are pushchairs permitted in the museums and attractions? 

Yes we encourage families and children of all ages to come and visit.

Can I smoke at Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park?

Te Awahou Riverside Cultural Park is a smoke-free zone. 

Where can I park?

Free on-street parking is available near the park.

Can I hire a room?

Yes we various rooms available for hire. You can view our meeting rooms on our Book a Space Pages.