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Become a Friend of

Featherston Booktown

Let’s Be Friends

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.


You'll be taken to our POLi Pay site 

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. 

You'll be taken to our POLi Pay site 

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?

  1. Using online banking please make your donation to: 

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

  2. In the reference field please put your name and "FOFB2023".

  3. Then email us at to to let us know you've made a donation. We will email your charitable donation receipt for your taxes. 

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Friends of Featherston Booktown 2023


Individual and Whānau Friends

Alan Wendt & Dean Knight

Alison Jones

Anna Mills
Ashley Sault

Bill Hume

Bobbie-Joe Wilson & Brian King
Carol A Bourdot

Dame Catherine Healey

Chris & Dave Kernohan

Chris & Dee Pugsley

Christine Ammunson

Christopher Candy-Borland

Christopher Finlayson

Christopher Bray & Jude Laurenson

Courtney Johnston

Daphne Geisler

Deborah Barratt & Andrew Morrison

Deborah Coddington

Denis O'Reilly

Dennis Roberts & Richard Stone

Don & Carol Duffy

Elizabeth Patchett & John Taber

Emily Greenberg & Katie Beattie

Emma Jean McDougall

Emma McCleary

Ernst & Virginia Kunz

Foster Family

Francis Minehan

Heather E Hutton

Helen Meehan

Jane Ussher

Jane Wright

Jennifer Muth

Jen Shieff

Jeremy Bell-Connell

Joanna & Shane Baldwin

Joanna & Julian Ludbrook

Joanne Cormack

John Allen

Joy C Gray

Joy Cowley

Judith Collins

Julia Stuart

Julie Lewis

Justin Kerr

Katie Farman

Kathy Davidson

Leigh Catley & Stephen Morris

Linda Clark
Lisa Adler

Liz Mellish

Liz Stringer & Rob Morrison

Dame Lynley Dodd

Mahara Okeroa

Makerita Urale
Marco Sonzogni

Margaret Thompson

Margie & Fraser Donald

Martin Baynton

Martin Connelly

Max Richards

Millie & Adam Blackwell

Murray Cole

Ngahiwi Apanui

Paora Ammunson

Patrick Maloney
Paul & Mary Mason

Paula Morris

Penelope Borland

Pete Roberts
Peter & Mary Biggs

Puawai Cairns

Rachel Buchanan

Richard & Margot Earwaker

Richard Taylor (Sir)

Robyn Hambleton

Romain Busby

Rosemary Hannah-Parr & Mike Woolley
Ruth Shaw

Ryan Cahill

Ryan McArthur

Sara Uruski

Sarah Connor
Scilla Askew & Robert Carew

Sharleen Forbes

Simon Burt

Steve & Barbara Wilton

Sue Fox

Sue Sheriff

Sue Woodhouse

Tana Klaricich

Tim Clarke & Tessa O’Rorke

Tim Mason

Vivienne Morrell

Willow Sainsbury

Major Sponsors

Creative New Zealand
South Wairarapa District Council
The Lion Foundation

Key Partners

Trust House Limited
Masterton District Council
South Wairarapa Rotary
The Acorn Trust
Read NZ Te Pou Maramara
GNS Science - Te Pū Ao
REAP Wairarapa
Wairarapa Times-Age

Sponsors & Supporters

100% Proof Red
Big Sky
Chicken and Frog Bookshop
Destination Wairarapa
Featherston School
Giant Contracting
JR Matthews Trust
He Kōtare - Native Plant Nursery
Meeneez Gelato
Mrs Blackwell's Village Bookshop
Pain & Kershaw Martinborough
Property Brokers - Dave Stephenson
Schoc Chocolates
Task Masters
Total Flooring Design
Wairarapa Library Services
Adamson's Mobil Service Station
Bowen Galleries
The Copy Press
The Dickensian Bookshop & Tea Rooms
Featherston's Own Charitable Trust
Gin Distilling Company
JSW Contracting
Lamb-Peters Print
Lyn Hann - Sotheby's International Reality - Wairarapa
Nikau Books
Papawai Marae
Property Brokers - Greytown
Shalari Boutique
Tauherenikau Events Centre
Tremains - Julian Greenall
Wairarapa Lifestyle
Ant North
Brac & Bow
The Country Cooking School
Duckett Funerals
For the Love of Books
Greytown School
Kahutara School
Lili & Co
Martinborough Bookshop
Messines Bookshop: Military History
Nikau Foundation
Pete Monk Photography
Property Wash Wairarapa
South Featherston School
Taverner Keys & Co
Underhill Cottage
Wairarapa Storage
Anzac Club Featherston
D. B. Osborne
Featherston Community Board
Garden Barn
House of Travel
Loco Cafe & Books
Martinborough Coffee Company
Mitre 10 Martinborough
Pirinoa School
Regional News
Spreading Wairarapa
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori
Vixen Burger
Arrow FM
C'est Cheese
Designer Clothing Gallery
Featherston Ferret
Gawith Burridge Lawyers
JML Enterprises
Kuranui College
Log Works
Martinborough School
Mr Feather's Den
Pae Tū Mōkai o Tauira
Richmond Funeral Home
St Teresa's School
Ton of Feathers Design
Waimarie Eatery & Bar

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.

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