Story: Manawatū and Horowhenua places

Roadside Stories: Foxton and flax

The sleepy town of Foxton was once home to a thriving flax-milling industry. Native flax was a vital source of durable fibre for Māori, who made it into baskets, fishing nets and clothing. An export trade began from the 1820s, and a major industry developed, with large mills around Foxton.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Foxton and the flax industry. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua places - Foxton and the coast', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35276/roadside-stories-foxton-and-flax (accessed 15 April 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 22 Apr 2015