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Become a Friend of Featherston Booktown and help fund the Festival, and our Children’s Book Voucher Project. Help us promote literacy and inspire imaginations with your annual membership donation.
$60 Individual • $100 Family
If you’d like to donate more, we’d love that. Just enter the amount you’d like to donate when you register.
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You’ll fund the Children’s Book Voucher Project
This gets us right to the heart of the matter. When you become a Friend of Featherston Booktown, your tax-deductible membership donation will directly fund The Children’s Book Voucher Project. A $60 membership buys four book vouchers for children, and a $100 membership buys six book vouchers.
Each year during the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival we give out 2,500 book vouchers to all of the primary-aged school children in South Wairarapa. Children can redeem their $15 vouchers at Featherston, Martinborough, and Greytown bookshops, and at the booksellers’ stalls in Featherston during the Festival. For some children this is the first time they’ve had their own “money” to spend. Often, it’s the first time they can choose a book that they really like and want to read.
You’ll fund the Festival
You make the Festival happen. After the Children’s Book Voucher Project is funded, your membership donations help us secure popular writers, illustrators, and workshops for the Festival.
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Benefits for you
To say thanks for being a great Friend, you’ll also receive:
Official recognition on our website
An invitation to future Programme Launch Parties
Earlybird access to event tickets
A chance to meet Festival presenters
A monthly Featherston Booktown Newsletter
Your membership donation is good for one year from 1 July through to 30 June. We won’t pester you to commit to more than one year at a time; we appreciate that personal circumstances change year to year.
The Friends of Featherston Booktown are a lively group of supporters who underpin our efforts and who are the driving force to help make Featherston Booktown one of New Zealand’s most valuable cultural events. Join us!
Prefer to pay direct from your own Internet Banking account?
Using online banking please make your donation to:
Featherston Booktown Trust Bank
In the reference field please put your name and "FOFB2023".
Then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to to let us know you've made a donation. We will email your charitable donation receipt for your taxes.
Friends of Featherston Booktown 2023
Individual and Whānau Friends
Alan Wendt & Dean Knight
Bobbie-Joe Wilson & Brian King
Carol A Bourdot
Dame Catherine Healey
Chris & Dave Kernohan
Chris & Dee Pugsley
Christopher Bray & Jude Laurenson
Deborah Barratt & Andrew Morrison
Dennis Roberts & Richard Stone
Don & Carol Duffy
Elizabeth Patchett & John Taber
Emily Greenberg & Katie Beattie
Emma Jean McDougall
Ernst & Virginia Kunz
Heather E Hutton
Joanna & Shane Baldwin
Joanna & Julian Ludbrook
Joy C Gray
Leigh Catley & Stephen Morris
Liz Stringer & Rob Morrison
Dame Lynley Dodd
Margie & Fraser Donald
Millie & Adam Blackwell
Paul & Mary Mason
Peter & Mary Biggs
Richard & Margot Earwaker
Richard Taylor (Sir)
Rosemary Hannah-Parr & Mike Woolley
Scilla Askew & Robert Carew
Steve & Barbara Wilton
Tim Clarke & Tessa O’Rorke
Sponsors & Supporters
Friends of Featherston Booktown come in all shapes and sizes. They’re keen on things from rugby to cooking and roller derby to ballet, and range from home-makers to dog-walkers, cafe waiters to road workers, lawyers to public servants and everything in between. They come together to support Featherston Booktown to be part of something larger than themselves, contributing to the local community and engaging young people in something positive.
Featherston Booktown’s driving purpose is to position Featherston, the first town over the Remutaka Hill in the Wairarapa, as a world-famous, prosperous and innovative destination for lovers of books and literature. Encouraging children and adults alike to not just open a book, but to love reading or be inspired to put pen to paper and write; to provoke creativity and broaden minds to drive fulfilment and happiness.
Each year we host the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival weekend in May. We also stage many events throughout the year, gathering together our nation’s most acclaimed writers and thinkers spanning many genres to share their experiences and engage young and old.
"I took four of my grandchildren to Chicken and Frog to choose a book each for their Christmas present. A great time was had by all.
The gift of books is something special. Thank you for the opportunity to give book vouchers to children.”
- Sue W.