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Wai Word

Wai Word


  • Sun 2 Feb ’20, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 1 Mar, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 7 Jun, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 5 Jul, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 2 Aug, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 6 Sep, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 4 Oct, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 1 Nov, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 6 Dec, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
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Carterton Community Courthouse, 60 Holloway St, Carterton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Wai Word.
A free and friendly way to meet writers.

Usually 1st Sunday afternoon of every month, at 3pm, except January.
Usually at Carterton Courthouse, beside Events Centre, Holloway St, Carterton, Wairarapa

*10 May event, with Booktown, is from 1.30-2.30 at ANZAC Hall, 62 Bell St, Featherston
*2 August event is at Martinborough Bookshop, 6 Kitchener St, Martinborough

2020 Season
2 Feb - HG Parry
1 Mar - Vaughan Rapatahana
5 Apr - Postponed Don Farr - this event is held at Carterton Memorial Club, RSA, 35 Broadway St.
10 May - Postponed Wai Word and Booktown presents "The Influence of Place - with Wairarapa-based writers Lilla Csorgo, Rhondda Greig, Madeleine Slavick, John Summers, 1.30-2.30, at Kiwi Hall, ANZAC Hall, 62 Bell St, Featherston
7 June - Environment Panel with Rebecca Hawkes (NZ Pacific Studio Ema Saiko Fellow), Madeleine Slavick, Raihānia Tipoki, Michael Woodcock and others
5 July - Marilyn Garson
2 Aug - Wai Word @ Martinborough Bookshop, 6 Kitchener St, Martinborough
6 Sep - Christine Parker and daughter
4 Oct - Michelle Elvy
1 Nov - Adrienne Jansen
6 Dec - End of Year Gathering

For information: 06 379 7103.
Supported by Almo's Books and Carterton Creative Communities

Wai Word runs running monthly events since 2012 - readings, talks, workshops, book fairs, open mics, conversations, (fun) competitions, workshops, book launches and more.

Venues vary, but we usually hold our functions at the Carterton Community Courthouse, beside the Events Centre, Holloway Street, Carterton.

Genres vary, and we like it that way. We’ve welcomed cartoonists, fiction and non-fiction writers, singer-songwriters, historians, poets, publishers, storytellers and writers working in various languages.

Guest writers over the years: Pip Adam, Hinemoana Baker, Di Batchelor, Jenny Bornholdt, James Brown, Glenn Colquhoun, Catherine Cooper, David Coventry, Lilla Csorgo, Christine Daniell, Kate DeGoldi, Sam Duckor-Jones, Karl Du Fresne, Ali Foster, Tracy Farr, Fiona Farrell, Janis Freegard, Anahera Gildea, Rhondda Greig, Jared Gulian, Dinah Hawken, Simon Fleck, Jared Gulian, Mandy Hager, Maxine Hemi, Alan Jefferies, Tim Jones, Fiona Kidman, Lloyd Jones, Sarah Laing, Bill Manhire, Mary McCallum, Sue McCauley, Meow Gurrrls, Leeanna Morgan, Yukari Nikawa, Gregory O’Brien, Mark Pirie, Joe Potangaroa, Harry Ricketts, Paddy Richardson, Madeleine Slavick, Rawiri Smith, Gaye Sutton, Apirana Taylor, Carrie Tiffany, Eileen Van Trigt, Pat White, Damien Wilkins, Caren Wilton, and Kim Workman.

Wai Word likes to collaborate - Over the years, we’ve partnered with Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Carterton Events Centre, Carterton District Library, Featherston Booktown, Greytown Library, Hedleys Booksellers, Kokomai Creative Festival, Makaro Press, Wairarapa Archive, and Yarns in Barns.

Wai Word has many supporters. We are run by Volunteers, and funded by people’s Koha at the door. Almo’s Books has been a generous supporter since 2013. Creative New Zealand through the Creative Communities Scheme (Carterton and Masterton) have provided core base funding. We have also received periodic grants from Masterton District Council (for large events in Masterton) and from NZ Book Awards (to run National Poetry Day events). We have an active Facebook page and an email list of several hundred people.

Founded in 2012 by Simon Fleck and Madeleine Slavick, Wai Word’s first meeting was held on 20th August 2012, at Martinborough Hotel. We then shifted to Greytown Hotel, and in 2013 settled in Carterton at Almo’s Books. As we grew, we moved to the Carterton Events Centre and Community Courthouse.

Almo’s Books, 42 High St South, Carterton, serves as the group’s base.
Tel 06 379 7103.

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