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New Zealand Natcon

Sir Julius Vogel Awards voting form now available

The voting form the for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards is now available.  The SJVs are the New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy awards.  They are presented at the national convention.

To be eligible to vote, you must either be a member of SFFANZ and/or a member of Conclave 3.

You can find the voting form and instructions on the SFFANZ web site.

Votes must be received by Tuesday 27 March, 2018.



The President and Crew of Stella Nova invite all current and former members of Stella Nova and the SFMC (Science Fiction Modellers Club) to join us at Conclave III as we celebrate 25 Years of Online Presence **.

When:                       Saturday 31 March @ 9pm

Where:                      The Surrey Hotel (465 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland)

Cover charge:          $5.00 per person – free to members of Conclave III

RSVP:                 by Monday 26 March

Show off your memorabilia and regale us with your tall tales of escapades past!

** The earliest mention we could find was a reference to the club magazine (1983) in the National Library of New Zealand’s online catalogue.  We challenge you to find an earlier mention of the SFMC or give us the date of that first meeting in Andromeda Cres!


The following is a message from John Toon, Treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) …

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 Conclave 3, the 2018 NZ convention, which takes place over the weekend of 30th March to 2nd April in Auckland.

(* Paying attendees at Conclave 3 are also eligible to vote in the SJVs, but not to participate in the SFFANZ AGM.)

Renewal for anyone who isn’t concerned about the SFFANZ AGM or the SJVs is less urgent, but please be assured that all membership fees contribute to the material cost of the beautiful SJV trophies and are greatly appreciated.

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

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

For the specific details (address, bank acct number etc), or if you have any other questions please contact

Conclave 3 Writing Workshop

Conclave 3 Writing Workshop

with Karen Miller & Steve Wheeler

There will be two rooms

Karen – upstairs – with an ‘Ask Anything’ workshop

Bring her questions on anything to do with writing – scenes you’re stuck on, characters that won’t behave, dialogue that doesn‘t flow, etc…..

Steve – downstairs – with ‘Set Topics’ including;

How to Write

Script Writing

How to Create the Perfect Pitch

Vehicle design

Model making

Friday 30 March 10am-3pm

The Surrey Hotel, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Bring laptop or pen and paper, any writing you want critiqued, and lunch

Registered Conclave 3 members – free

Non-Conclave 3 members – $30 18+, $20 under 18s

Register at

Registration essential as places limited

Workshoppers expected to wander between both workshops

Lexicon convention review in Europe’s Concatenation

See the review by Lee Murray, Darian Smith, and Dan Rabarts here.

SFFANZ Membership

SFFANZ is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Membership dues for SFFANZ are now due by the AGM – set down to happen on 4 Jun during Lexicon. Amongst other benefits, current members of SFFANZ are able to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards even if they are not members of Lexicon (but be quick, you only have until 8pm Tuesday for email votes).

Memberships will be taken at Lexicon, however if you are not attending and wish to (re)join SFFANZ, the details for joining are to be found here.

Lexicon – Not Long Now

It is only three weeks until Lexicon – the 2017 New Zealand national SF/F convention. If you have been putting off making a decision about making a trip to Taupo to attend, now is the time to get organised. The convention will be closing their membership signup process on 23rd May, so you don’t have much time.

As previously reported, the convention hotel is full up, but Taupo is a tourist town and a simple search will provide dozens of options. The convention has compiled a set of recommendations you should check out.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards shortlist was announced earlier this month. LexiCon members, are all eligible to vote for these awards, and voting forms will be available at the convention. If you’d like to take a look at the nominated works in advance, many of them are available in a downloadable package – there is an authentication process before you can view the package. There will also be a display table at LexiCon with many of the shortlisted works for you to take a look at.

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