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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Featherston's camp. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The army camp established outside Featherston for training First World War recruits took on a very different nature in the Second World War. Over 800 Japanese prisoners of war were held in the camp, and when some refused to work, conflict broke out. Guards opened fire, and 48 prisoners and a guard died.

49 killed in Featherston POW riot,

Featherston prisoner of war camp,

Featherston incident media gallery,


Featherston First World War memorial,

Archival audio: Wild Geese, 'Promises to keep'.

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Featherston's Camp - Roadside Stories