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Featherston Booktown appoints new Programme Director


Prominent event manager and publicist, Vanessa-Jayne Hunt has been appointed as the new Programme Director for Featherston Booktown.

She succeeds the inaugural Programme Director, Kate Mead, who has organised the last three outstandingly successful Featherston Booktown festivals and is now on the Board of Trustees of Featherston Booktown.

Wairarapa-based, Mrs Hunt has a strong track record in events management, having organised and contributed to a number of events in the region, including the Wings Over Wairarapa event since 2015.

With facilities management and a strong focus on corroborative planning a crucial function for Wings Over Wairarapa, being part of the Wings team enabled Mrs Hunt to work extensively on correlating significant supplier relationships to achieve a positive affiliation at each event.

She has also had key roles with the Young Enterprise Trust, the Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce and Toast Martinborough.

Interim Chair of the Featherston Booktown Trust, Peter Biggs, said that the Trust was delighted that Mrs Hunt has accepted the Featherston Booktown Programme Director role.

“Vanessa-Jayne is an experienced event organiser and deeply committed to promoting the Wairarapa as a place of vibrancy and creativity. She is enthusiastic about the arts and the role they play in enriching communities. We are very confident that Vanessa-Jayne will build on the excellent platform established by Kate and the last three Featherston Booktown Festivals, and take the event to another level,” he said

Vanessa-Jayne Hunt said: “I have the highest respect for what Featherston Booktown has achieved in a very short time. I’m excited about the further potential of the Festival and am looking forward to working with the Featherston Booktown Trust and the Featherston and South Wairarapa community to make Featherston Booktown even more successful.”

Mrs Hunt takes up her role today (2 October 2017).


For further information, please contact:

Peter Biggs (021 308 828)

Vanessa-Jayne Hunt (021 021 09883)

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