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Celebrating books, storytelling and ideas
Aoteroa New Zealand
Save the Dates:  Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2024
Young Readers Programme
8 - 10 May 2024 • Festival Weekend 10 - 12 May 2024


Latest News & Updates

Rural Readers Outreach Programme Pilot

In October, the Rural Readers Outreach Pilot Programme took place in the Wairarapa. We brought New Zealand writers Gavin Bishop, Mary-anne Scott and Philippa Werry to both Pirinoa and Kahutara Schools for two days of interactive learning plus a community event.


Filmed and edited by Phil Stebbing:


Many thanks to Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture and Heritage for their generous support of this initiative.

Booklover's Trail 
Te Ara Kai Pukapuka

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We launched the Booklover’s Trail Te Ara Kai Pukapuka Audio App at the Dickensian Bookshop in Featherston on Thursday 5 October.


If you have used the App already, please take a moment to rate and review it in the Appstore and help spread the word - do tell all your friends and visitors and share it on social media. We would love to hear your stories of discovering the Wairarapa’s literary sites of interest via the App. 


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The Featherston Booktown Podcast is live!

Available on Apple, Spotify and Buzzsproat!

Musical theme by Kolya Marks. Produced by Denver Grenell & Phil Quin for Featherston Booktown. 

Ngā Mahara o te Tau o te Heamana
A Yearly Review from the Chair


Over the last year, the Featherston Booktown Trustees significantly advanced the strategic trajectory of Featherston Booktown – as set-out in the organisation’s Strategic Plan – towards our ambition to be a year-round literary development organisation seeking to grow thriving communities by inspiring people to read more, write more, cherish the craft of the book, and share stories and ideas.  Check out the Chair's summary report for the year from August 2022 to August 2023 on our blog.

2024 International Organisation
of Book Towns Global Meeting

In 2024, from the 14 to 18 of March, Featherston / Pae Tū Mōkai has been selected to host the global conference of Book Towns.

More details to come...


About Featherston Booktown 

Booktowns are an international phenomenon, celebrating books, from their stories through to their paper, glue and ink.


Featherston is now a fully-fledged, internationally recognised Booktown.

Special thanks to Pete Monk for putting together this video.

Featherston's Bookstores

For full details about our town's seven all year round bookmongers, visit our Bookstores page.


Can we ask you a favour?​

Featherston Booktown is a charity and in a normal year ticket sales make up a substantial part of our income. Recently, however, Covid restrictions mean our box office revenue has been severely reduced, while many of our costs are fixed.

We have also decided not to charge for events that are shown online as we want to make sure that any of our events are open to the widest possible audience.

Would you consider helping us fill the funding gap by making a donation? We know that not everyone is in a position to do so, but every gift helps us deliver the Karukatea Festival and our other events throughout the year and supports our writers and readers.

We hope you enjoy our online events and that you come away inspired and uplifted. Thank you again for supporting Featherston Booktown.

  1. Click on the green button below and you'll be redirected to a form on a new browser tab using POLi Pay.

  2. Type in a donation amount and please provide your name and your email address so that we can email you receipt - as all donations are tax deductible as Featherston Booktown is a registered charity.

  3. You may be prompted to prove you are a human by selected images from a standard Captcha 'security' feature

  4. You will be asked to choose your NZ bank and then you'll need to supply your Internet Banking login details, the account you wish to pay from and a 'Payers' code.

...Thank you. We really do appreciate your support.

Make a Donation

We are grateful to the following funders for their on-going support

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