We won the use of an Electric Car!

Thanks to Genesis Energy, the Featherston Community Centre can now zip around in an eco-friendly Nissan Leaf , "Little Evie". The vehicle has been branded with the Centre logo and doesn't it look great! The Genesis Local Energy Project is also renting office space in the Centre so if you are considering going solar give Lydia a call at 027 588 4963. Check out this great article in the Wairarpa Times-Age.

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Campaign to Save the Billboards

Thank you for your kind donations! We have raised $600 and this campaign is now closed. Four of Kathy Bartlett's billboards have been on loan at the entrance of the Featherston Community Centre. Now through this Givealitte campaign you have helped raise $600 for these four plus and additional two remaining portraits in this series. Thank you for helping us keep this taonga for the good folk of Featherston. Link to our Givealittle Billboard Campaign.

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Wairarapa Art Sale May 2017

Wairarapa Art Sale May 2017

Well that was fun. Thanks and see you next year!

Opening - Thursday 11 May 2017, 6pm. Gallery open daily during the Featherston Booktown weekend, 12-14 May 10-5pm ('til 12 on Sunday).

The Wairarapa Art Sale is a great way for us to showcase Wairarapa artists and fund projects that benefit the community. Once again, it will be held during the weekend of  Featherston Booktown, who have kindly agreed for us to operate at the same time.


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Activities Wishlist Survey

We are launching our 2016 Activities Wishlist Survey.

This is a great opportunity for YOU to tell us what you would like to do, learn, and see happen at the Centre. It will only take a few minutes - we promise :). The information we receive from the survey will help us understand our community, and allow us to bring new services to the Centre, and to secure the funding that keeps the Centre open.

UPDATE: This survey has been extended and will run until 31 October. While the survey is open, please take advantage of it and provide your feedback straight into the survey. This ensures that the your suggestions are recorded, and that the information will reach us. (The survey only takes about 2-3 minutes, and it collects the data for us automatically). Thank you.

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Season Greetings and Centre Christmas Closure Dates

The Centre will be closed Thursday, 24 December 2015 through to Sunday, 10 January 2016. Please note: Wed 23 December, the Centre is open for pre-scheduled appointments, but we may not be here if you turn up unannounced.

We open as normal Monday 11 January 2016

Contact for more information. Please also read about all of our wonderful supporters in our Dec 2015 - Jan 2016 Newsletter.

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New Courses at the Centre

Want to learn a new skill such as butchering or upholstery? Want to sit your Learner Licence? Want to get back to work, or get some support with your job seeking? And there's more! Thanks to Wairarapa REAP we have a suite of exiting new courses happening at the Centre. These include...

  1. Making Ends MeetThis fabulous 8 week long course includes basic hairdressing, home butchery, upholstery, home made cleaning products, composting, gardening, and more. Tuesdays, 4 August onwards: 9.30am-12.30pm, $10 per person and bring your little ones with you.
  2. S.T.E.P.SA new course offering valuable Skills & Tips for Employment, Planning and Success. Starting Monday 14 September, 9am-1pm, for 5 weeks. This course will give individuals some tools and tips to; identify your strengths, set goals, plan for the future, make key decisions, budgeting, managing debt, create a CV and prepare for job interviews.
  3. Learner Licence for 16/17 year olds!If you are 16 or 17 years old and want to learn the Road Code and gain confidence to successfully sit and pass the Learner Licence test, this is the course for you! 7-8 October, 10am-1pm (school holidays), $140 (includes test fee!)
  4. Learner Licence for 18 years and over! If you are 18 years old and over, and want to learn the Road Code, gain confidence to successfully sit and pass the Learner Licence test, this is the course for you! 19-22 October, 6-9pm, Cost: $100 (includes test fee)

If you have any questions or want to register, contact 0800 WAIREAP, or call the Centre on 06 308 8239, or contact the Centre Manager.

We are also delighted to announce that Te Reo Maori Taster Course continues every Tuesday 6-8pm. Also, if you want to learn sign language, do a photography or iPad workshop, learn sewing basics or fly-tying - then contact 0800WaiREAP or the Centre at 06 308 8239.

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Annual General Meeting 2015: 30 July, 7.30-9pm

At the AGM, the Board will share the financial statement and report on the great things that have been achieved by the Centre and Board over the past year.  It will also be a time to learn about the Centre, share ideas and to hear about opportunities to volunteer or serve on the Board.

As guided by our new constitution, there will not be any resolutions or voting at the AGM. Agenda papers are available at the Centre and on Website address below. A light supper will be served after the meeting.

Please RSVP by 6pm Monday 27 July 2015 to or or call 06 308 8239.

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Could you be our new board member?

The Featherston Community Centre board are looking to recruit more board members to help keep the great working going that we already do. Have you ever thought about joining a board but haven’t made the leap yet? Now is definitely the time!

What I really enjoy about being a part of the board is a sense that I’m really helping to keep a valuable part of Featherston alive and progressing toward a really bright future. Not only that, but I get to learn new things, contribute to ideas and projects that are interesting and meet passionate and clever people. So I would highly recommend coming to talk to us if you think this might be something you’d be interested in. Please call and have a chat to our chair Emily (021 313 8042) or Centre Manager Siv (06 308 8239) or email us at You totally won’t regret it! (Tamara)

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Heed the Call Featherston!

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Unite With Your Community! Join With The Heroic Volunteers of the Featherston Community Centre in Service of Our Great Town! Show Your Support and Find Out How You Could Help the Cause!

There are many ways to support the Centre – from joining the Board to providing cover on reception, from building maintenance and working bees to handling communications and promotions. If you have 2-3 hours (or more!) to spare every few weeks, you could make a great difference to our community. Heed the call Featherston! Call Chairman Sonya on 021 302 585, or Comrade Siv on 06 308 8239, come and see us at 14 Wakefield Street, or flick us an e-mail on, and tell us how you can get involved!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s been a big year for the Centre. After spending much of the previous year fundraising, all hands were on deck for the long awaited washroom renovation throughout Autumn and Winter. We were so chuffed when we achieved Code of Compliance! The Centre now sports a brand new disability restroom, improved fire escape and entrance ways, a brand new office and increased privacy in our main meeting room. The improvements were contagious and soon after we also had our trusted boiler and heating system ticking smoothly with some TLC and new fittings. We have been fortunate to access the painting skills by several generous volunteers and amazing community workers, and as a result our Centre has now got a fresh coat of paint in lovely bright colours. And it doesn’t end there – we have even got new trestle tables that are light and easy to set up and use for everyone, and a great big waterproof noticeboard by our main gate.

I would like to say a special thanks to Graham Evans (our Treasurer) and Mary Mason for putting their extra time into ensuring that many of these changes were made.

Once again I would also like to thank all of our generous funders who contributed funding towards the washroom renovation, operational and wages and other improvements in 2014: The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, Wairarapa REAP, Community Organisations Grants Scheme, Trust House Foundation, The Lion Foundation, South Wairarapa Rotary, Prime Community Trust, Thomas George Macarthy Trust, Eastern & Central Community Trust, Featherston’s Own Charitable Trust, South Wairarapa District Council and Featherston Community Board.

We would also like to say a big thank you for in kind donations and services from The Rimutaka Country Music Club, The Friday Craft Group, Des Pugh and JNL Masterton, Bruck Muench and the Colonial Trading Co., Chris Miller, Dick Smith, Julia O’Neale, Reiner Schoenbrunn, Brian Adamson, All Seasons Tree Services, Bruce Greentree, Janice’s Lawnmowing Services Property Brokers, Brett Davis’ Chimney Sweep, and the Featherston’s Menz Shed.

And we would like to congratulate the lucky winners of our Christmas raffle: 1st prize: H Burgess and 2nd prize: Watson

Our Christmas opening and closing hours are: 

The Community Centre will be closed from Wednesday 24 December 2014, through to Sunday 11 January 2015. Should you need to use the Centre between these dates please contact Siv at the Centre by 2pm on 23 December 2014, so that alternative access can be arranged.

The Centre and Board would like to wish everyone in our community a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2015!

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Cleaner Vacancy

The Featherston Community Centre (FCC) is seeking a employ a short-term cleaner while we advertise for a permanent cleaner.

The FCC would like to employ a person for 5 hours per week (8.15-9.15 am each week day) for the following dates:

  • 8-24 December 2014
  • 12 Jan-27 February 2015.

The successful candidate would report to the FCC Manager. References required.

For further queries, please contact Sonya Logan, the FCC Board Chairperson ph 021 302 585.

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Get Involved with the Community!

The Featherston Community Centre (FCC) is looking for new Board members. Come along to our INFO SESSION:

Tuesday 13 May 2014, 7.30 pm – 8pm 

If you want to know what being a Board member involves, come along an information session on the 13th May 7.30-8.00 at the FCC Centre 14 Wakefield Street with the current Board Chairperson or phone Sonya 021 302 585.

The FCC is a great way of getting in involved in the Featherston Community!

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Annual General Meeting 2014

The Featherston Community Centre will be holding its Annual General Meeting for 2014 on the 24 July, 7.30 pm – 9.00pm at the Centre at 14 Wakefield Street. Dr. Harsha will be a guest speaker with a talk on ‘How to Stay Healthy’. The agenda will include a minor amendment to the Constitution and a light supper will follow. To be nominated for the Board, please contact Sonya at 021 302 585 or

Link to AGM2014 Notice Poster

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