Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022


8–12 June 2022

Nau mai ki Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022!


Main Programme
of Events


List of Presenters


Fold out Mini-Guide
& Venue Map 


& Self-Publishers


Around Featherston
Throughout the Weekend



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Progamme Updates & Cancellations

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Venue Change:  From Page to Screen on at 11:00 AM on Saturday 11 June in the Kiwi Hall will now be in the new venue of Waimarie/RSA

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Venue Change:  Author Spotlight: Megan Dunn and Noelle McCarthy on Memoir on at 11:00 AM on Saturday 11 June to the new venue of Kiwi Hall

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Programme Update:  Taking a Publishing Punt: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Caro DeCarlo will be unavailable to appear at this session; however, we are thrilled to have author Asha Davida Jane step into our esteemed panel.

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Event Sold Out:  Book Binding Workshop: The always popular workshop with bookbinder Robyn Ramsden has now sold out for 2022. 

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Programme Update:  50 Years of Feminism: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we've had to change the date and time for this event from Sunday 12 June at 11:00 AM to Saturday 11 June at 1:00 PM, Kiwi Hall. Tickets already purchased are valid for the new date and time; however, you will be fully refunded if you cannot make that new time slot. Please contact support@eventfinda.co.nz if you wish to be refunded.

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Programme Update:  Politics and Prose: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we've had to change the date and time for this event from Saturday 11 June at 1:00 PM to Sunday 12 June at 11:00 AM​, Kiwi HallTickets already purchased are valid for the new date and time; however, you will be fully refunded if you cannot make that new time slot. Please contact support@eventfinda.co.nz if you wish to be refunded. 

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Printed Mini-Guide Errata:
Story Craft Workshop with Melinda Szymanik for Ages 7–12.

The correct date and time should be Sunday 12 June 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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Printed Mini-Guide Errata:
Saturday Campfire Tales (R13)

The correct date and time should be Saturday 11 June 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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Printed Mini-Guide Errata:
Stories from Here and There.

The correct date and time should be Sunday 11 June 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We are grateful to our major sponsors: Creative New Zealand,
The Lion Foundation, South Wairarapa District Council, Trust House Foundation;
and our key partners Eastern & Central Community Trust and the TG Macarthy Trust.


Welcome from the Chair of the Featherston Booktown Trust

Peter Biggs, Chair

Featherston Booktown Trust, Registered Charity: CC52369

Kia ora koutou

Welcome to the seventh Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival – where we celebrate books, storytelling and ideas. And welcome to vibrant and welcoming Featherston/Pae Tū Mōkai – Aotearoa New Zealand’s only Booktown.

This year, our highly popular Festival features 50 events and hosts 100 presenters and literary provocateurs, and 18 booksellers.

A warm welcome to our booksellers – including Featherston/Pae Tū Mōkai’s seven bookshops. They are the heart of the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival.

Featherston Booktown belongs to the Featherston community, many of whom generously volunteer their time and talents to ensure the Festival’s success. And it also belongs to all those who love books, reading, storytelling and ideas – and who take delight in the artefact and craft of the book.

I’d like to thank sincerely our sponsors, donors, supporters, Friends and volunteers – Featherston Booktown couldn’t happen without your generous support.

A heartfelt “huzzah” to our Operations Manager, Mary Biggs, and her wonderful team. Thanks too, to the tireless and dedicated Featherston Booktown Board of Trustees – Liz Mellish, Noelle McCarthy, Cheryl Gallaway, Mary McCallum, Lesley Christian, Craig Linkhorn, Dave Adams and Darrin Goulding. We also recognise and celebrate our Patron, Joy Cowley, and Founding Kaumātua, Lincoln Gould.

Enjoy the 2022 Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival!

Ngā manaakitanga

Peter Biggs

Featherston's Bookstores

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

Round Library

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.

Make a Donation


  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.

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.

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