Become a Friend of
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 2021’ in return for a tax deductible donation.
Friends of Featherston Booktown 2020 & 2021
Adrienne Staples • Alan Duff • Ali Ward of Rawdons • Andrew Morrison and Deborah Barratt • Andrew Wright • Anne Hannah & Darrin Goulding • Anne Hynes and Derek McCluskie • Bavarianz Limited • Bobby-Joe Wilson and Brian King • Bowen Galleries • Christine and David Kernohan • Christopher Finlayson • Craig Linkhorn • Don and Carol Duffy • D Borshcheva • EJ Fitzmaurice • Elizabeth Patchett & John Taber • Ella & Felix Hallwass • Emma McCleary of Emma Makes • Ernst & Virginia Kunz – Underhill Cottage • Finom Limited • Flora’s Kitchen • Garrick Emms & Marguerite Tait-Jamieson • Graham & Liz Mellish MNZM • Gerald Hensley CNZM • GJ & R Burnard • Greytown Honey • Jane Keig • JL & LJ Adler • Joanna and Julian Ludbrook • John Broeren • John McKinney • Jules Le Loir • Julie Lewis • Karen Commons of The Le Vailla • Leigh Catley and Stephen Morris • Linda Clark • Lisa Adler • Liz Fitzmaurice • Lydia Wevers ONZM • Margie and Fraser Donald • Margie Sharpe • Martinborough Jelly Company • May McLeod • Megan Campbell • Millie Blackwell of Mrs Blackwell’s Village Bookshop • Nicholas Biggs • Nik Rilkoff • Olivo Limited • Paora Ammunsen • Paul & Mary Mason • Pete Roberts • Peter Biggs • Peter Whiteford • Ra Smith • Richard and Sue Byrne • Richard Langston • Robyn Cornford • Romain Busby • Russell & Suzanne Pearless • Scilla Askew and Robert • Sharleen Forbes • Steve Laurence • Sue Lazarus • Susan Hooper • Susan Ryan of Mr Feather’s Den • Tauherenikau Racecourse • Te Maire Tau • The Country Cooking School • Underhill Honey • Wairarapa Eggs • Wildchixs Muesli
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 Read Te Pou Muramura (formerly 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 Karukatea Festival Programme 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
2. Send an email to us to let us know you've made a donation and providing your postal address.
Then what happens?
Booktown will email your 'charitable donation' receipt for your taxes.