Save the Dates: 5–8 May 2022
Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022

Glittering Galaxies

With Vasanti Unka – award-winning
New Zealand writer and illustrator of
I Am the Universe and co-hosted by 

Joanna Ludbrook of Chicken and Frog Bookshop. Craft activities, reading 

and Q&A session.

For Children 5+. Kiwi Hall. FREE.
Sunday 11 July 2021 10:00 – 11:00 am.

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28 June 2021: Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the previously advertised second event for
Sunday 11 July, Exploring the Southern Skies with Naomi Arnold. Please contact us for full refunds..


Booktown Comics!
Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2021 - in comic format! By the wonderfully talented Tara Black.

Recent News
What's a 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.

Featherston Booktown Karukatea

Two cultures share our wonderful country – and region – and, at Featherston Booktown, we seek to recognise and bring that to life. After consulting Mana Whenua, we are proud to reveal the Te Reo expression of Featherston Booktown.


Karukatea means “the clear and observant eye” – with karu the word for “eye” and katea meaning “clarity”. The word takes in the narrative of our region (Wairarapa Moana being one eye of the fish and Wellington Harbour being the other eye of Māui’s fish). On a deeper level, the word also captures the concept of people seeking knowledge and clarity.

Our sincere thanks to Liz Mellish and Robin Potangaroa (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) for their help and guidance through the process of finding an appropriate Te Reo expression of Featherston Booktown.

Readers at Featherston Booktown - Photo Credit
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