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New Zealand Natcon

CoNZealand – Updated Statement re Covid-19

CoNZealand have released the following update relating to the Covid-19 situation:
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“We understand your concerns and that you want as much notice as possible if CoNZealand were to be cancelled. We are extremely keen to see CoNZealand go ahead and bring Worldcon to New Zealand for the first time ever. Our Executive have discussed the situation and unanimously agreed that we are not cancelling the convention. Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and will make a further statement if the situation changes. We do note that the convention could possibly be cancelled by the New Zealand Government or the venues, but we see no sign of that happening.
Kelly Buehler, Norman Cates – CoNZealand Chairs”
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PS: If you want to get all CoNZealand announcements, we suggest you follow them directly. However, we at SFFANZZ News will continue to re-post items of significant importance such as this one.

Covid-19: A statement from CoNZealand

In case you missed it on their main news feed, the CoNZealand chairs have issued the following statement:
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Although New Zealand has not been affected by Covid-19 to the extent of the rest of the world, our government and the NZ Ministry of Health have extensive civil defence plans. We are monitoring the situation and will be prepared for what the future brings.

As usual, we strongly advise all members purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance for any foreign travel, including cancellation insurance. If you have already purchased insurance for your journey to New Zealand, we recommend that you check the full terms with your insurance provider.

We are in touch with the Ministry of Health as well as with our venue planning managers. We want everyone to have a safe and healthy convention, and we will be following best practices.

Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler
Chairs, CoNZealand

CoNZealand : Hotel Bookings Now Open

Booking for rooms and apartments for all CoNZealand members is now open.

This page on the CoNZealand site provides the booking links and codes for each hotel location and repeats the accessible information about each hotel / apartment block. Please note, there is a lot of information on the page – the convention encourages you to read it carefully.

Of course you do not need to use any of these venues – if none suit your needs there are also a range of AirBnB and other short-term rental options in Wellington, as well as backpackers/hostels, and other serviced apartments.

Voting now open for Sir Julius Vogel Awards

Members of GeyserCon and SFFANZ members are eligible to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards. You can, of course, vote at the convention or alternatively you can vote right away by submitting the electronic voting form. Instructions for using the electronic voting form can be found here on the SFFANZ web site.

At this point, you may be thinking “but how do I know who to vote for?”. The answer is simple – have a look at the SJV Packet – it contains examples and samples of the award nominated work. This material is kindly provided by the nominees and only available to eligible voters. The instructions for accessing this packet can be found here.

A reminder that if you wish to join SFFANZ in order to vote, the instructions may be found here.

Awardwatch : Geysercon GoH wins Aurealis Awards

The Aurealis Awards for the 2018 year were announced on Saturday Night. GeyserCon International Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren picked up two awards – for Novella Crisis Apparition and novel Tide of Stone.

If you were on the fence about attending GeyserC0n and weren’t sure about the quality of the guests, why don’t you check out some of the other awards Kaaron has won. Its a pretty impressive list.

In addition, Aussie based Kiwi, Juliet Marillier won the Sara Douglass Book Series Award for the Blackthorn & Grim series.

Congratulations to Kaaron, Juliet and all the Aurealis winners.

Four weeks until GeyserCon

With only four weeks days until GeyserCon kick-off, we’d like to remind you to register for the convention here before the late registration fee kicks in. Everyone who registers and pays for their membership before midnight 12 May, not only saves money on their registration, but also goes in the draw to win a refund on their membership or a fantasy book pack.

The fantasy book pack includes the two award-winning books from the Riders of Fire series by Eileen Mueller, two books in the Quest series by SJV-winning author A.J. Ponder, both sponsored by Phantom Feather Press, and At the Edge, a compilation of Australasian dark fiction edited by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts, sponsored by Paper Road Press.

In case you didn’t know GeyserCon is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, in Rotorua — on Queen’s Birthday weekend!

It’s Time to Join SFFANZ

The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) – those same people who bring you the Sir Julius Vogel awards and this news service …

Membership fees for anyone wishing to participate in the SFFANZ AGM and/or vote in this year’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards* will need to be paid before or at GeyserCon, the 2019 NZ national SF/F convention, which takes place over the weekend of 31st May to 2nd June in Rotorua.

(* Paying members of Geysercon are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)

Please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of those lovely, pointy SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.

The cost of a year’s membership of SFFANZ is still only $10. There are three ways you can renew your membership of SFFANZ:

    • by post
    • by direct bank transfer
    • by cash at GeyserCon

For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact treasurer@sffanz.org.nz