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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2022
Festival Event

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50 Years of Read NZ Te Pou Muramura


Saturday 11 June 2022, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Property Brokers Sports Hub. $35

(Nibbles provided and cash bar available)


In 2022 Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formally The New Zealand Book Council) proudly celebrates 50 years.


Writers are at the heart of what they do, both in the enduring success of the Writers in Schools programme and in the wider work to promote reading to all Kiwis as a super power which can positively transform individuals, communities and our country.

A prominent part of the literary landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Pānui/Lecture is an opportunity for one of our country’s leading writers to discuss an aspect of literature close to their heart.


In honour of this celebration, we have asked Pānui writers and literary luminaries Witi Ihimaera (2015), Selina Tusitala Marsh (2016), Owen Marshall (2017), Joy Cowley (2018), and Ben Brown (2020) to reflect upon their writings and ask, “what has changed?”


Chaired by Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Chair Emeritus Peter Biggs.


Proudly supported by Read NZ Te Pou Muramura.