Mandy Hager wins Margaret Mahy Medal

Our congratulations to Mandy Hager, just named the 2019 winner of the Storylines Childrens Literature Charitable Trust of NZ Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people!

Read more about Mandy’s richly deserved honour on the Storylines site.

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RIP Mervyn Barrett

We are saddened to note the passing of Mervyn Barrett who died on 16 January 2019, at Te Hopai Home, Wellington. Merv, also a celebrated film and jazz fan, was active in New Zealand SF fandom from the 1960s all the way through to the 1990s. He was also active in Australian and London fandom in the ’60s and ’70s. Along with all his other activity, Merv goes down in local fannish history as co-organizer of the first NZ national convention (Wellcon, 1979).

We are sorry for the belated notice, we only just heard the news, but would like to take this opportunity to pass our condolences on to Janet and the rest of Merv’s loved ones.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards nominations for 2019 are now open

Nominations for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 30 March 2019. The awards recognise excellence and achievement in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2018 calendar year.

We are using a web-based system for nominations. You can find the web form here.

Full information about the awards, including links to the rules and other guidelines for the Sir Julius Vogel Award, can be found here.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! Get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies to find work to nominate. The awards will be presented at Geysercon – the 2019 National SF&F Convention.

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Update from Geysercon – Alan Baxter added to Guests

The following update comes from Geysercon – the 2019 NZ National SF Convention.
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Due to circumstances outside everyone’s control, Jonathan Maberry is now unable to attend GeyserCon. We hope to see at him at a future New Zealand convention.

We’re very pleased to announce that award-winning Australian author and martial arts expert Alan Baxter has graciously agreed to be our Guest of Honour, alongside Kaaron Warren, Laura VanArendonk Baugh and Alena Van Arendonk.

Please note that early registration discounts still apply – details can be found at here. Don’t forget that when you register, you are eligible to enter fiction, poetry or art in the GeyserCon competitions. Also, all members completing their registration before January 30th will go into the draw for one FULL REFUND of the membership fee!

Kiwis in the Running for GUFF – You Can Vote

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.

GeyserCon Draft Programme

So by now, most of you know about GeyserCon. If you don’t, you need to know that GeyserCon 2019 is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! It is being held in Rotorua over Queens Birthday weekend 2019.

If you aren’t sure what is happening at this event, the draft programme of events has just been released. As with most events of this type, there is much more that goes on at a convention than is on the programme, but it is a really good place to start. You really should give it a read.

It should be noted that there are still places for participants on some of the panels. If you have something to contribute on one of the topics, why not drop the committee a line and see if they can fit you in. Even better, if you have an event you want to run, please let them know.

GUFF Nominations Opening – Send a Fan to Dublin

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.