FFANZ delegate for 2017 announced

The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ) are very pleased to announce that the race for Melbourne has been won, and we are excited to have Lynelle Howell as our new delegate.

Lynelle has been a tireless champion of the New Zealand science fiction community for many years, and now she will be heading to Melbourne in 2017 to meet and greet with Australian fandom and share her knowledge and enthusiasm across the ditch.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Lynelle, and to all those who have otherwise supported or signal-boosted the fan funds. It is much appreciated.

If you would like to help in our mission to promote New Zealand and Australian fandom and writing and continue to strengthen the bonds between our communities, please contact the fund administrators, Dan Rabarts in New Zealand or David McDonald in Australia, to see how you can help.

We’re always open to donations which can be auctioned at cons, or any other creative means of raising funds and raising awareness and keeping good things happening. We can both be found on Facebook or Twitter.

Voting for FFANZ 2017 Now Open

The FFANZ (Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand) administrators have announced the ballot for the race for a Kiwi to attend the Australian National Convention 2017.

All the candidate and voting details can be found here.

This year’s FFANZ race is a westward bound one, facilitating travel by a New Zealand fan to the 56th Australian Speculative Fiction National Convention, Continuum XIII – Triskaidekaphilia, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria, over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 9th-12th June, 2017.


Sir Julius Vogel

The ODT has an article about Sir Julius Vogel as a “visionary writer of science fiction”.  You should have a read – here is the link to the article.

YA SF writing competition

Eunoia Publishing Ltd is a New Zealand publisher that have just acquired Steam Press Limited, NZ’s best publisher of speculative fiction.

To celebrate, Steam Press is running a SF writing competition.

The details and entry form can be found at 


Brick Man Experience – New Zealand’s largest exhibition of LEGO® works

Make these school holidays one to remember with the unique Brick Man Experience – New Zealand’s largest exhibition of LEGO® works for all ages!

The kids will enjoy 60 exhibits with their own unique behind-the-scenes stories, including original drawings and sketches, interactive zones and over 5 million LEGO® bricks.

Auckland – 1-24 July and Hamilton – 29 July–14 August

Get your tickets http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=BRICKMAN16&utm_source=tt-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160627_BrickmanGP


Signed copy of Anno Domini 2000

Have you ever wondered why the NZ national sf/f awards are named to honour former premier Sir Julius Vogel?  It is because he is regarded as the first New Zealander to write an SF novel: Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman’s Destiny, published in 1889.

This book is easy enough to obtain and we don’t usually promote books for sale* here.  However, this one for sale at Arty Bees is a bit special – it is actually signed by the man himself.

(* – we don’t promote books for sale as such, but we will post news of events – launch events, signing/reading tours etc by local authors.  Drop us a line if you know of such an event)

2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards announced

The 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented.

The Awards recognise achievements by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

This year voting took place at Au Contraire 2016, the 37th National Science Fiction convention held in Wellington over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Voting was open to members of SFFANZ (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand) and the convention.

The numberof votes cast this year was the highest recorded in the awards’ 15-year history, and saw a number of youth members of the convention taking an active interest in New Zealand genre literature.

SFFANZ president Norman Cates said “We were delighted with the level of participation and interest in the awards from an impressively wide variety of people. We strive to keep improving the significance of the awards. Going into the future, we hope to continue building the awards with the help of SFFANZ members and future conventions.”

A full list of winners is appended.

Professional Awards Category Winners

Best Novel Ardus by Jean Gilbert, Rogue House Publishing
Best Youth Novel Dragons Realm by Eileen Mueller (Fairytale Factoy)
Best Novella The Ghost of Matter by Octavia Cade, published in Shortcuts: Track 1 (Paper Road Press)
Best Short Story “The Thief’s Tale” by Lee Murray
Best Collected Work Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, Jean Gilbert/Chad Dick (eds)
Best Professional Artwork Cover for Shortcuts: Track 1, by Casey Bailey
Best Professional Production/Publication White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, Paul Tobin (ed), published by Weta Worksho
Best New Talent Jean Gilbert


Fan Award Category Winners

Best Fan Production/publication Phoenixine, by John and Lynelle Howell
Best Fan Artwork Keith Smith – for contributions to Novazine
Best Fan Writing John Toon

Special Award Category Winners

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror      Marie Hodgkinson

Servies to Fandom                                                         Glenn Young