SJV voter packet

REMINDER!

The SJV voter packet is available for members of SFFANZ or Au Contraire 2016.

For full information on the finalists, and how to access the SJV voter packet, go to the SFFANZ website

FFANZ RACE 2017

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ).

The Fan Fund for Australian and New Zealand (FFANZ) was created to strengthen ties between Australian and New Zealand fandom. This fan fund financially assists the winning FFANZ delegate with travel and associated costs to attend the Natcon of the other nation.

In 2017 FFANZ will send one New Zealand science fiction fan to the 2017 Australian SF & Fantasy Natcon, Continuum XIII, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017.

Prospective candidates have until 8th May 2016 to file the documents required to nominate to run for the FFANZ ballot. Voting will run from 16th May 2016 to 12th June 2016.

Candidates should file the following documents:

  • A brief letter stating their intent to run for FFANZ 2017.
  • A nominator and a seconder, preferably a nominator from New Zealand and a seconder from Australia.
  • A 100 word or less platform statement specifying the candidate’s reasons for running and qualifications for becoming the 2017 FFANZ delegate.

The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:

  • Travel to Australia to attend Continuum XIII, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017.
  • Visit and get to know as many Australian Science Fiction fans as time will permit.
  • Become the New Zealand FFANZ administrator until a replacement administrator is found. This normally happens when the administrator role is handed over to the succeeding NZ-bound delegate (in 2018 if a race is run every year).
  • Raise funds and maintain an account to be used by the next Australian delegate(s) in 2018.
  • Promote connections between Australian and New Zealand fandom by a trip report or other means.

Send required documents to:
rabarts@gmail.com for New Zealand fans
david.mcdonald@davidmcdonaldspage.com for Australian fans

More information about being a fan fund delegate can be found at ffanz.sf.org.nz/qanda.htm or ozfanfunds.com or www.facebook.com/FanFundANZ

Marie Williams Legacy

Marie Williams has continued caring for others by gifting her Otaki bookshop to the hospice that cared for her during her battle with cancer.

It will be renamed Arohanui Hospice Marie’s Main Street Books, in memory of Williams, and will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am until 1pm.

If you’re in Otaki drop in

LexiCon now open for registrations!

It’s time to book your spot at the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, being held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

Head to the event’s new website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.

Convention Committee co-chair Cassie Hart says the new website is the first step in the lead up to what is going to be an exciting event.

“We wanted to make things easy for everyone by having a one stop shop where you can register for the convention, book a room at the event venue and sign up for convention news updates,” says Cassie.

Student/unwaged, general and solidarity memberships are available.

“We have membership options available to suit a range of situations,” says Cassie “but we ask that attendees remember this is a fan run convention and every dollar they invest will go towards making it the best it can be.”

Further details and Guest of Honour will be announced in June.

“We have an exciting International Guest of Honour booked to come to New Zealand and all will be revealed very soon,” says Cassie. “Keep checking the website and Facebook page for details.”

LexiCon is being held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend), and we hope to see you there!

Visit www.lexicon.cons.nz to register and sign up for updates. You can also check out www.facebook.com/lexiCONvention or follow @Lexicon_NZ on Twitter.

 

Press Contact:

Jan Goldie  – media@lexicon.cons.nz or 027 5759881

 

Award-Winning Sci-fi Web Series “MISSION BACKUP EARTH”

The new episode kicks-off with guest starring
DAVID PROWSE
(Best known for playing DARTH VADER in STAR WARS)
Berlin, Germany: Writer-producer-director Alexander Pfander has just launched the new episode of his award-winning sci-fi web series, MISSION BACKUP EARTH.
The series has gained rave reviews and numerous accolades over the last few years, including Best Sci-fi and Grand Jury Prize at Melbourne Webfest, along with Awards at the LA Webfest for Outstanding Directing, Visual Effects, Editing & Cinematography in a sci-fi series. Plus other additional nominations and has been also awarded for best visual effects in a web-series by the Web Series Mag.
The series follows the struggle of humanity to colonize a habitable exoplanet.
In the near future, a cosmic catastrophe hits the Earth without warning. Unforeseen by any scientist, the Sun transits rapidly into a red giant. Having no choice, mankind must escape the solar system. The survivors become space nomads, seeking a viable replacement for Earth.

David Prowse has given a guest appearance in the new Episode and plays the scientist who develops the mission to save human kind from extinction. Mr. Prowse joined the ensemble for a number of guest appearances that will be further shown in future episodes.
Along with the new episode we have created:
The making of:
A special interview with Mr. Prowse:
For further information or to watch more
Mission Backup Earth

Finalists for 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced

The final nomination list for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards of 2016 is available here.

RIP Marie Williams

With deep sadness the board of SFFANZ regret to advise the death of board member Marie Williams.

Marie passed away after a long, courageous fight with cancer

She was a valued member and we will miss her thoughtful insights and interesting comments.

http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?n=karen-marie-williams-marie&pid=177896587&fhid=12637