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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.

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)

DUFF Ballot – one week left to vote

There is less than one week left to vote in the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) ballot to send an Australasian delegate to attend the Kansas City Worldcon later this year.  You can find all the voting details here on the ozfanfunds site.

If you want to find out more about the function, history and mechanics of the various fan funds like DUFF which affect New Zealand, then please take note that there will be a panel on this subject at Au Contraire.

Au Contraire – The Natcon is only 4 weeks away

As reminder for those who haven’t registered yet, that the 37th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention for New Zealand starts in just 4 weeks.

Au Contraire 2016 will be running over Queens Birthday Weekend 3-5 June, 2016, at the CQ Hotel in Cuba Street, Wellington.

Voting and presentation of the Sir Julius Vogel awards will take place at this event.  For more details about Au Contraire check out their news feed.

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

Down Under Fan Fund nominations open

From Julian Warner, acting DUFF Administrator:

Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel to Kansas City, Missouri, USA for the 74th World Science Fiction Convention – MidAmericon II – August 17-21, 2016.

The nominee may also undertake to attend other conventions and associated fannish travel in North America. This is not essential but will enhance the overall experience.

DUFF, founded in 1972 and supported by donations from SF fans all over the world, sends a delegate from Australia – New Zealand to North America, or the other way, in alternating years.

The successful nominee, after voting has taken place will then become the DUFF delegate.

Delegates are chosen as active members of the SF community whom fans on the visited side would like to meet. The delegate travels as much as possible, makes friends, radiates goodwill, and becomes the Administrator in turn until the next cycle. There is an expectation (not always fulfilled!) that delegates will write a trip report during or after their trip. Delegates’ trip reports are sold to support the Fund.

The current administrators of the fund are Lucy Huntzinger in North America and Julian Warner and Justin Ackroyd in Australia. All the current administrators are past fan-fund winners who were asked to step in and assist when the former administrator suffered some illness.

Three Australian/New Zealand nominators and two North American nominators are required for each nominee. A written platform of about 100 words should be submitted by the nominee providing some information about themselves in a fannish context. Nominees are also asked to make a small donation to the fund as a bond of 25 Australian or New Zealand dollars.

DUFF voting occurs via a secret ballot and is determined using the instant runoff method.

The period for nominations will close on 1 March 2016 at midnight, Western Australian time (UTC +8.00).

Further details about DUFF can be found at: https://downunderfanfund.wordpress.com/

Any enquiries about nomination or other DUFF matters can be addressed to:
For Australia/New Zealand: Julian.warner@people.net.au
For North America: downunderfanfund@gmail.com