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Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2023

Main Festival Programme
12-14 May 2023

Young Readers Programme
10-12 May 2023

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Official Programme Launch

On Tuesday, 28 March at 7:30 PM at the Property Brokers Featherston Sports Hub, we will be launching the Karukatea Festival 2023 Programme.

If you'd love to attend, please respond to Julie at

Wanna Help?


Call for Volunteers

Do you have talents, experience and/or energy and enthusiasm? Fancy pitching in to help with this year's Karukatea Festival? There's a whole variety of areas we could use your help? 

If you'd love to lend a hand and what to know more, please reach out to our friendly Volunteer Captain, Hannah, at

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About Featherston Booktown 

Booktowns are an international phenomenon, celebrating books, from their stories through to their paper, glue and ink.


Featherston is now a fully-fledged, internationally recognised Booktown.

Special thanks to Pete Monk ( for putting together the video.

Featherston's Bookstores

For full details about our town's seven all year round bookmongers, visit our Bookstores page.



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Can we ask you a favour?​

Featherston Booktown is a charity and in a normal year ticket sales make up a substantial part of our income. Recently, however, Covid restrictions mean our box office revenue has been severely reduced, while many of our costs are fixed.

We have also decided not to charge for events that are shown online as we want to make sure that any of our events are open to the widest possible audience.

Would you consider helping us fill the funding gap by making a donation? We know that not everyone is in a position to do so, but every gift helps us deliver the Karukatea Festival and our other events throughout the year and supports our writers and readers.

We hope you enjoy our online events and that you come away inspired and uplifted. Thank you again for supporting Featherston Booktown.

Make a Donation


  1. Click on the green button below and you'll be redirected to a form on a new browser tab using POLi Pay.

  2. Type in a donation amount and please provide your name and your email address so that we can email you receipt - as all donations are tax deductible as Featherston Booktown is a registered charity.

  3. You may be prompted to prove you are a human by selected images from a standard Captcha 'security' feature

  4. You will be asked to choose your NZ bank and then you'll need to supply your Internet Banking login details, the account you wish to pay from and a 'Payers' code.

...Thank you. We really do appreciate your support.

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