Notice is hereby given that an extraordinary meeting of the Te Awahou Foxton Community Board will be held on:




Meeting Room:



Tuesday 23 January 2024

6:00 pm

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
92 Main Street


Te Awahou Foxton Community Board










Mr John Girling


Deputy Chairperson

Mr Trevor Chambers



Mrs Nola Fox



Mr Brett Russell



Mr David Roache



Deputy Mayor David Allan



Contact Telephone: 06 366 0999

Postal Address: Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540



Full Agendas are available on Council’s website

Full Agendas are also available to be collected from:

Horowhenua District Council Service Centre, 126 Oxford Street, Levin

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton,

Shannon Service Centre/Library, Plimmer Terrace, Shannon

and Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Bath Street, Levin

Te Awahou Foxton Community Board

23 January 2024


ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE


1        Apologies                                                                                                                          5

2        Public Participation                                                                                                          5

3        Late Items                                                                                                                          5

4        Declarations of Interest                                                                                                   5



5        Reports

5.1     Foxton Beach Endowment Fund Review                                                             7







Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta

Kia mātaratara ki tai

E hī ake ana te atakura

He tio, he huka, he hau hū

Tīhei mauri ora!

Cease the winds from the west

Cease the winds from the south

Let the breeze blow over the land

Let the breeze blow over the ocean

Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened air.

A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day.



1        Apologies


2        Public Participation


Notification to speak is required by 12 noon on the day before the meeting. Further information is available on or by phoning 06 366 0999.


3        Late Items


To consider, and if thought fit, to pass a resolution to permit the Council to consider any further items which do not appear on the Agenda of this meeting and/or the meeting to be held with the public excluded.

Such resolution is required to be made pursuant to Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and the Chairperson must advise:

(i)      The reason why the item was not on the Agenda, and

(ii)      The reason why the discussion of this item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.


4        Declaration of interest


Members are reminded of their obligation to declare any conflicts of interest in writing they might have in respect of the items on this Agenda.





Te Awahou Foxton Community Board

23 January 2024


5.1            Foxton Beach Endowment Fund Review

File No.: 24/9



1.    Purpose

1.1     This report aims to present the review paper for the Foxton Beach Endowment Fund to the Te Awahou Foxton Community Board. The purpose is to seek endorsement from the board to proceed to Council for official adoption. 


2.    Recommendation

2.1     That Report 24/9 Foxton Beach Endowment Fund Review  be received.

2.2     That this matter or decision be recognised as not significant in terms of s76 of the Local Government Act 2002.

2.3     That the Te Awahou Foxton Community Board support the proposed approach as outlined in the Foxton Beach Endowment Fund review paper. Additionally, recommend the endorsement of the paper to be forwarded to Council for adoption.


3.    Background/Previous Council Decisions

3.1     The Foxton Beach Freeholding Account, and the endowment land that underpins it, has a long and at times complex history. To maintain consistency moving forward, the name Foxton Beach Endowment Fund will be utilised.

3.2     The policy and strategy review was initiated in 2019 and encountered substantial delays, including disruptions caused by the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3.3     Resuming in late 2021, officers identified meaningful changes but acknowledged significant improvements that could be made with engagement with iwi and hapū during the process. In response to Council's directive, officers temporarily halted the review to actively involve iwi and hapū.

3.4     A comprehensive briefing to Elected Members was held on 23 August 2023, which included the historical context of the endowment fund and associated land, as well as a deep dive into the current policy landscape, legislative influences, funding mechanisms, and fund allocation. Within this workshop, officers sought direction from Elected Members, particularly on the extent and focus of involvement of iwi and hapū in the review process.

3.5     Officers received clear direction during the workshop on the importance of iwi participation and this led to Council coordinating a hui. Invitations were extended to representatives from Muaūpoko, Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitāne, hapū owners, Kerekere Ward Councillors, Māori Ward Councillors, Te Awahou Foxton Community Board, and Mayor Wanden.

3.6     On 14 September 2023, a hui was held at Te Awahou with representatives attending from Horowhenua District Council, Te Awahou Foxton Community Board, and hapū owners (during this session hapū owners advised that they would liaise with other iwi in relation to this review). The core objective of the hui was to provide a platform for each participating group to articulate their aspirations regarding the Foxton Beach Endowment Fund and the ongoing review process. 

3.7     Subsequent to the hui, the representatives drafted the Foxton Beach Endowment Fund Review Paper which compiled the insights gathered from the hui. This review paper went through many iterations to ensure all representatives perspectives and views were captured.

3.8     On 12 December 2023, the representatives gathered at Paranui Marae to finalise the proposed review paper and established a unified process for taking the paper to Te Awahou Foxton Community Board for endorsement, ultimately presenting it to Council for adoption of the proposed review approach.


4.    Issues for Consideration

4.1     The key issue brought to the Community Board’s attention is the process for the Foxton Beach Endowment Fund Review. The attached discussion document outlines the proposed review process.

4.2     The creation of the review paper involved a considerable time investment from numerous individuals, noting that those involved have reached a unified view on its content which was a process of co design with hapū owners.

4.3     The review aims to establish a more equitable and mutually beneficial relationship among Hapū Owners, Treaty Partners, Community Board and Council, with a focus on transparency, sustainability, and responsiveness.

4.4     Future considerations following the endorsement of the approach involve, but are not limited to potential policy changes, criteria adjustments, structural and behavioural changes, maximum contribution levels, spending allocations, and the minimum balance of the Foxton Beach Endowment Fund.

4.5     There will be costs associated to this project, Council will determine how this will be funded.


5.    Next Steps

5.1     Upon receiving endorsement for the review paper, it will be presented to the Council for formal adoption. Upon adoption, the subsequent work will commence in accordance with the proposed process outlined. 







Foxton Beach Endowment Fund Review Paper - Including Appendix - January 2024




Confirmation of statutory compliance


In accordance with section 76 of the Local Government Act 2002, this report is approved as:

a.   containing sufficient information about the options and their benefits and costs, bearing in mind the significance of the decisions; and,

b.   is based on adequate knowledge about, and adequate consideration of, the views and preferences of affected and interested parties bearing in mind the significance of the decision.



Ashley Huria

Business Performance Manager



Approved by

Jacinta Straker

Group Manager Organisation Performance



Te Awahou Foxton Community Board

23 January 2024