The Horowhenua New Zealand Trust was established in late 2018 to improve the wellbeing of the people of Horowhenua. Our inaugural Trustees saw an opportunity to make a real difference - working independently and collaboratively to help our people, places and communities flourish.

Our focus

We’ve identified six key areas of focus that we believe will have the biggest impact for current and future generations living in Horowhenua.

  • Reducing barriers to skills and education 

  • Supporting jobs and vocational pathways 

  • Promoting housing opportunities

  • Creating shared places that connect people 

  • Improving access to transport networks and digital connections 

  • Supporting enterprise and asset growth 

Find out more about how we’re working in these areas.

To learn more about our strategy - click here.

How do we work?

We are a community owned not-for-profit Trust and there are strict rules that govern Trusts and Trustees that means we are limited in what we are allowed to do to make money. Without a source of reliable income - we won’t be able to make the difference that Horowhenua needs.

View our Certificate of Incorporation.

To solve this, like many other Trusts in New Zealand, the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust has established a company which operates commercially. The Horowhenua Company Limited exists to make our Trust financially sustainable, providing dividends each year that allow us to fulfil our purpose in the community. We also receive funding through grants and contracts.

Read our Trust Deed.

horowhenua leaders giving back

Our inaugural Trustees came together because they believed that their experience and connections meant that they could make a real difference for Horowhenua.

Our current Trustees are:


Cameron Lewis (Chair)

A fourth generation farmer, Cam was born and bred in Horowhenua - returning home to his roots after spending a few years working around the New Zealand. When he’s not running around after three kids with his wife Catherine, Cam runs a family-owned agricultural and horticultural business; Lewis Farms, Incorporating Lewis Dairies, and Levin’s Tendertips (New Zealand’s second biggest asparagus farm). Cam believes in Horowhenua, and works to provide opportunities for his fellow Horowhenua residents, recently expanding his farm’s crops so he can keep more of his staff in employment year-round.


Antony Young (Deputy Chair)

Antony has spent 20 years primarily in London and New York advising global brands and as CEO of several media and marketing firms.   He returned back to New Zealand with his family, and settled in the Horowhenua in 2016.  Antony is extremely passionate about the region and its opportunities, working on a number of business and community projects that showcase why the Horowhenua is a great place to live and work. Antony is the Co-Founder of The Digital Cafe, Chair of the Horowhenua Taste Trail Trust, and on the Board of Business Kapiti Horowhenua, that oversees the Electra Business Awards.  He and wife, Nancy, are the proud owners of the Noho Blueberry Farm just north of Levin.


Larry Ellison

Raised in Raumati and now living in Foxton Beach, Larry Ellison and his wife Jane have been a part of the Horowhenua community for years. The Ellisons have owned a number of service stations throughout the Horowhenua and in 2000 started Rural Fuel, an award winning business which distributes fuel to farmers around the lower North Island. Larry loves all things agriculture and is involved in dairy farms around the region, as well as a number of startup businesses and agritech companies including Levno,  Biolumic and  Zeddy. An active community member, Larry is a life member of the Foxton Volunteer Fire Brigade, was a major backer of Te Waiora Community Health Service in Foxton, serves on the board of the Te Hinaki Trust.


Evan Kroll

After 40 years at a business that was founded in 1897,  Evan Kroll knows that good things really do take time. Evan has worked his way to Managing Director of Stevensons Structural Group based in Tokomaru, and currently employs more than 100 people throughout Horowhenua, Manawatū and Wellington. As a proud Rotarian, Evan is passionate about giving back to his community - encouraging growth, providing sponsorship and encouraging others to challenge perceptions of Horowhenua. 


Ron Turk

More than fifty years ago, Ron Turk and his family moved to Foxton where they founded their successful poultry business, Turk’s Poultry. Since then, Ron has helped transform a small egg business into a prosperous company employing almost 220 people - as well as raising three children. A strong believer in ethical and sustainable farming practices, Turks has recently been accredited as a Conscious Consumers supplier. Ron applies the same ethics to his community, with Turk’s supporting a variety of community groups and initiatives including the Foxton Rugby Club, the Horowhenua Taste Trail, Manawatu Boating Club and Rescue Helicopter. 


We’re looking for leaders with diverse life experiences and skill sets that want to help us to grow Horowhenua.

If this sounds like you (or someone you know) please contact us.