Voting is open for the 2019 GUFF race to send an Australian or New Zealand fan to Worldcon in Dublin. This year the race is between three candidates – two of them Kiwis. Be excited, there has never been even one Kiwi nominee before. The candidates are:
Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
Simon Litten (New Zealand)
Nicole Murphy (Australia).
Anybody in SF fandom can vote, That means you – just subscribing to this news feed should pretty much make you an eligible fan.
The link to the voting page is http://ozfanfunds.com/?page_id=127
Voting closes on 22nd April, 2019. Get your votes in early (y’know – before you forget).
Just what is GUFF anyway?
GUFF was created in 1979. Known as the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund or the Going Under Fan Fund, depending on which direction it’s running, GUFF exists to provide funds to enable well-known fans from Australasia and Europe to visit each other’s national (or other) conventions and get to know each other’s fandoms better. GUFF, like other fan funds, exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates for each trip are voted on by interested fans, and each vote is accompanied by a monetary donation. These votes, and the continuing generosity of fandom through auctions and other donations, are what make GUFF possible.
GUFF is a fan fund that sends a fan delegate bewtween Australasia and Europe to attend conventions and foster the linkages between the branches of international fandom.
Nominations are opening to send an Australasian (Ozzie or Kiwi) fan to Europe in 2019. The winner will attend the Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland (15-19 Augus) with the option to also attend the Eurocon (Titancon, in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 22 to 25 August).
Nominations are open from 8 October until 5 December 2018 and candidates will be announced soon after. Voting will then run until 23:59 BST 22 April 2018, with the winner announced online as soon as possible after voting has closed.
For more info including the contact addresses, check out the GUFF page on OzFanFunds.
Following on from the announcement of CoNZealand being awarded the 2020 Worldcon, here are a few links you may have missed.
This is the reveal video shown at the announcement.
That video showed a small snippet of congratulations from the Prime Minister – here is the full version.
The CoNZealand twitter feed reveals that the New Zealand bid party won Best Food as voted on by #Worldcon76 party attendees.
The 2018 convention added their congratulations.
Stuff, New Zealand’s largest news site had their own slant on the announcement. As a complete aside, it is now just a few weeks more than 20 years since George R R Martin was a guest of honour at a NZ natcon in Wellington.
The NZ Herald also reported the news.
Straight from the Worldcons news feed…
Wellington, New Zealand, has been selected as the site for the 2020 Worldcon. The New Zealand bid received 643 votes of the 726 votes cast. There were no other official candidates.
The convention will be called CoNZealand. The dates will be July 29 to August 2. George R.R. Martin has been announced as the Master of Ceremonies. Further information is available from the convention website. More news on Facebook – check out the new logo. Twitter also worth checking out.
Y’know that there is a New Zealand bid to host the World SF Convention in 2020 right? The vote to decide the hosting for the 2020 Worldcon is now open, so it is crunch time for the NZ bid.
If you want to know what is happening, the NZ in 2020 has all the information you need to know. Share and enjoy.
Wellycon is New Zealand’s largest board game convention and is on soon. June 2-3 2018 to be precise.
We here at SFFANZ know that board gaming isn’t a strictly SF/F/H event. But we also know that many of the games will have genre themes and we also know that many fans are also board gamers. So if you are interested, head to the web site for more details.
GUFF is the Get Up and Over (or Going Under) Fan Fund which transports SF fans from Europe to Australasia (and vice versa).
This year, a delegate is to be selected to travel from Europe to Australia and/or New Zealand. Voting is open to anybody who is active in fandom. There is a competition this year, so take the time to see which of the worthy candidates you would like to bring down under.
All you need to know about the candidates and voting can be found over at the ozfanfunds site.