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Upcoming events

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Past events

A Richer You with money expert, Mary Holm

NZ’s most trusted money expert, Mary Holm, shares tips from her new book A Richer You. Build your knowledge of the different ways money works, so you can navigate whatever comes your way. A Richer You explores people’s relationships with money during the course of a lifetime, forging a roadmap for your success by learning from the mistakes and triumphs of others.

Whether you’re starting out or pondering retirement, this is one event you shouldn’t miss.

12.30pm–1.30pm Friday 21st May 2021
Hedley’s Books, 150 Queen St, Masterton
Free event

Tom Sainsbury Event at Hedleys Books

Comedy Hour with Tom Sainsbury

From Gingerbread the Cat to his impersonations of politician Paula Bennett, comedian Tom Sainsbury’s cast of characters has catapulted him to social media stardom.

Join us and celebrate the release of his new book ‘New Zealanders: A Field Guide’ with a taste of his stand-up routine and some Friday night laughs.

6pm–7.30pm Friday 20th November 2020
Hedley’s Books, 150 Queen St, Masterton

Spirit of the 60s The Photography of Michael Cooper

Spirit of the 60s: The Photography of Michael Cooper

The 1960s was a decade of incredible upheaval and creativity. London was the epicentre of all this and photographer Michael Cooper was there with his camera to capture it. From iconic album covers to personal moments, this exhibition celebrates 30 years of Blinds & Shutters, the limited edition book in which many of the images were published for the first time.

13th September–22nd November 2020
Aratoi Museum of Art & History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton
Entry by donation every day 10am–4pm except Mondays


Our first Collaboration with Karen Walker Playpark in 2017

Hedley’s Books X Karen Walker

Always prone to lingering too long in bookstores each Christmas Karen Walker embraces her inner book geek. Collaborating with David Hedley, together they curate a “library” of must-reads. Started in 2017 to celebrate our 110th anniversary, a shared love of books has sparked an on-going collaboration and friendship. 

Pour over the new collection from November 2021 in-store at Karen Walker.


David Hedley at the Historic Barn in Greytown for Yarns in Barns Festival of Reading

Yarns in Barns: Wairarapa Festival of Reading
15–24 October 2022

A two-week celebration of stories and the joy of printed books. Running every two years, Yarns in Barns features author talks on subjects from farming to fiction, art to cooking with workshops, and the odd food truck too.

With each event hosted in a unique venue from Mt Bruce to Martinborough, it is also a celebration of our region’s diverse community – vineyards, woolsheds, libraries, a bookstore, a national wildlife centre, and of course a barn!