Become a Friend of

Featherston Booktown

Recognised as a Charitable Trust, Featherston Booktown continues to achieve significant milestones each year, bringing the importance of reading, writing and discussion to the fore. 


We are now inviting community members to become an official ‘Friend of Featherston Booktown 2020’ in return for a tax deductible donation. 

Friends of Featherston Booktown 2019

Bee Dawson, Brian King & Bobbie-Joe Wilson, Carolyn Henwood, 

Cath de Groot, David Cuthbert, David Woodhams, Ella & Felix 

Hallwass, E S Marsden, Faith Wrigley, G J & R Burnard, Gerald Hensley, 

Henri van de Weyer, J & L Adler, Jenny Neligan, Jo Beetham, 

Joanna Ludbrook, Karen Ross, Kathryn Seagrave & Jeremy Thompson,

Liz & Graham Mellish, Luit Bieringa, McLuskie, Maria Gollan, Marie & Robert King, Martin Grice the Baker, Mary & Peter Biggs, N J F Biggs, Pain & Kershaw Mitre 10, Pete Roberts, Romain Busby, Ritchie Wards, Scilla Askew & Robert Carew, Virgina & Ernst Kunz, Wendy Campbell

A surprising fact is that our Friends are not just bookworms! Friends of Featherston Booktown come in all shapes and sizes, with different interests from rugby to cooking and roller derby to ballet and varied vocations from home-makers to dog-walkers and lawyers to public servants and everything in between.  Despite the differences, they all share one commonality, to be part of something bigger, contributing to the local community and engaging young people in something positive. 


Our driving purpose is to position Featherston, the gateway to the Wairarapa, as a world-famous, prosperous and innovative destination for lovers of books and literature. Encouraging people - 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 the broadening of the mind to drive fulfilment and happiness.   

Each year, in addition to the Featherston Booktown weekend in May, we stage many events, gathering together our nation’s most acclaimed writers and thinkers spanning many genres to share their experiences and engage young and old.   


Featherston in recent years has evolved into a haven for writers and those who enjoy the romance of searching for that next read in an eclectic selection of bookshops dotted around the town. Bookshops engulf the senses, whether it be the smell of an antique bookshop and the aged pages within the covers that decorate the shelves, the visual allure of a new release cover and the charm of meeting the author that draws one in or an interaction with the bookstore owner to help you uncover a treasure with their inside knowledge. 

Our patrons, sponsors and Friends of Featherston Booktown are investors in the future!  You can be part of this investment in the world of reading, writing and ideas, through a generous donation of $50 per person or $85 per family. Your donation will support the annual Featherston Booktown weekend festival programme, whether that be indirectly buying a book for a local school-age child, or securing a popular writer to present and share their knowledge.  

Your contribution will

  • Buy a book for a school age child in Featherston

  • Welcome a host of different writers to share their stories

  • Assist to promote literacy through varied subject matter and interest areas

  • Inspire young minds and the potential literary stars of the future

  • Help Featherston Booktown join with other organisations such as the NZ Book Council and events who share a similar goal for greater reach and awareness

In return, you will receive

  • Official recognition on our website

  • An invitation to the Featherston Booktown Annual Weekend Festival Launch Party

  • Preferential and advance booking opportunities for Featherston Booktown events

  • An opportunity to meet the presenters at Featherston Booktown events

  • Monthly newsletter to keep you ‘in the know’

  • Tax deduction due to Featherston Booktown’s charitable trust status, Charity No. CC52369

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.   Be proud, become a Friend today. 

Friends of Featherston Booktown 

$50  - Individuals

$85 - Family 

All donations are for annual ‘Friend of Featherston Booktown’ status and may be renewed annually.  We appreciate that personal circumstances can change year to year and as such welcome one-off donations with no commitment for ongoing contributions. 

Email today for more information!

What do I do next?

1.  Using online banking please make your donation to:

     Featherston Booktown Trust Bank Account:  38-9017-0233637-00

     In the reference field please put your name and "Friends of Featherston

     Booktown 2020" 

2.  Send an email to us to let us know you've made a donation and providing your postal address.  

Then what happens?

1.   Booktown will email your 'charitable donation' receipt for your taxes.

2.   Booktown will post you your decal sticker for use on a glass window to

      indicate you are a Friend of Featherston Booktown.

© 2020 Featherston Booktown Trust, New Zealand Charity Registration Number CC52369

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