23 Sep 2016

Foxton cenotaph plans delayed after four-day protest

5:51 pm on 23 September 2016

A sit-in protest at the Foxton cenotaph has been called off while the Horowhenua District Council consults with locals.

A plan of the proposed new location for the Foxton cenotaph.

A plan of the proposed new location for the Foxton cenotaph. Photo: Supplied / Horowhenua District Council

Protesters have been at the cenotaph since early Monday morning.

The council had planned to move the cenotaph 10 metres down the road from its current location on a traffic island in the middle of the central road.

Locals were angry they weren't involved in the decision.

In a letter to the protest leader following a meeting yesterday, the council's chief executive, David Clapperton, said they would not move ahead with the plans without undertaking further consultation.

He said that would take place before next Friday.

Mr Clapperton said they would discuss the design of the cenotaph area with iwi and other parties before continuing.

Protest organiser William McGregor said they called off the protest this morning after meeting with Mr Clapperton.

He said he and Mr Clapperton will meet again on Monday.

"We didn't solicit anyone... we just sat there with a petition at the cenotaph with a petition, I think Foxton's got a population of about 4200, we actually got to 1000 signatures so that's one in four, that spoke volumes."

Mr McGregor said local hapū would hold a hui on the issue in the next month.

He said they remained opposed to moving the cenotaph.