Save the Dates: 6–9 May 2021

Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2021


SOLD OUT! 6 March 2021:

Children's Picture Book Workshop with Joy Cowley

In breaking news, Featherston Booktown’s highly esteemed patron, Joy Cowley, will be holding a Children’s Picture Book Workshop on Saturday, 6 March next year in the Anzac Hall, 62 Bell Street, Featherston. All proceeds going to help fund the children’s programme during the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 6 – 9 May 2021. 

UPDATE 28 Feb: With the announcement that Featherston with most of NZ moves to Level 2 as of 6am 28th Feb for 7 days, we will be moving the Workshop from Kiwi Hall to Anzac Hall to allow for more social distancing. Please bring a packed paper bag lunch for yourself rather than a contribution to a shared lunch. If, because you live in Auckland which is currently in Level 3, or are over 70 and need to cancel your tickets, they will be fully refunded via Eventfinda. Please let us know by Tuesday 2 March if you will be cancelling.

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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.

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