Tag Archives: CoNZealand

Worldcon Designer Wanted

Are you a designer* who would like to pad their CV with work on an international event? It seems that the 2020 World SF convention, CoNZealand, are urgently looking for somebody to head their design area. You can find more details in their news announcement.

*CoNZealand don’t actually say what sort of designer they want. We here at SFFANZ News assume it is the sort of designer who looks after look and feel of advertising, promotional and all the various bits and pieces of collateral associated with a convention. But if you want to be sure what the role entails, drop them a line at design@conzealand.nz

CoNZealand Assumes Role as Next Worldcon

With Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon having ended its five-day run, CoNZealand has picked up the reins as host of the next World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).

CoNZealand will be the 78th Worldcon and will take place from Wednesday, July 29 to Sunday, August 2, 2020. Guests of Honour are the authors Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon, New Zealand artist Greg Broadmore, and fandom star Rose Mitchell. George R.R. Martin, a longtime friend of Worldcon, will be Toastmaster.

New Zealand is the second southern hemisphere country ever to host a Worldcon, following Australia, where four Worldcons have taken place. New Zealand’s own National Science Fiction Convention has been running since 1979, and the country has attracted significant fan tourism since the release of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, which were filmed and produced in New Zealand.

“We’re excited to be able to bring one of the world’s most important science fiction conventions to New Zealand fans, and bring the international science fiction community to Middle Earth,” said CoNZealand Co-Chairs Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler.

Dublin 2019 sold out, with more than 5,800 members attending and more than 7,380 memberships sold in total including supporters. In addition, more than 500 day passes were sold.

“It has been a thrill to welcome fans to Ireland and I want to thank everyone who contributed to the experience,” said Dublin 2019 chairman James Bacon. “That includes programme participants, volunteers, and all the members, as well as venue staff. We wish CoNZealand every success with New Zealand’s debut Worldcon.”

[Based on a press release]

The New Zealand National SF Convention for 2020 is…

ConZealand. With the prospect of New Zealand hosting the World SF Convention (Worldcon) in 2020, nobody has been prepared to put their hand up to organise a separate NZ national convention (natcon) in 2020. CoNZealand (the Worldcon in question) has generously stepped in and offered to host the key elements which are needed to constitute a natcon. This offer and the alternatives were discussed extensively at Geysercon and CoNZealand’s offer was accepted and ratified at the SFFANZ official bid session at Geysercon.

There are quite a number of consequences to this. We will try to spell out the key ones below:

  • If you are a member of CoNZealand, you are a member of the 78th worldcon and a member of the 41st NZ natcon. I.e. you are a member of both. There are no separate “natcon” memberships – no separate “worldcon” memberships either for that matter.
  • CoNZealand will host the three events which are required of a NZ natcon. I.e. The Sir Julius Vogel award ceremony, the SFFANZ AGM, the SFFANZ Bid session for the 2022 (and possibly 2021) natcons. All CoNZealand members will be able to attend these three events, but as is always the case only SFFANZ members will be able to vote at the AGM.
  • The Sir Julius Vogel award (SJV) nomination and voting process will all take place well before the commencement of CoNZealand. Only the announcement and presentation of the awards will take place at the ceremony. In other words, no voting at the convention – voting will be managed electronically.
  • This means that anybody who is a CoNZealand member at the time voting takes place is eligible to vote in the SJVs. SFFANZ members will, as always, be able to vote as well regardless of whether they are members of CoNZealand or not. This also means the voter packet will be available to all CoNZealand members – a great way to showcase local talent.
  • The three events (and only those three events) mentioned above will be able to be attended by eligible non-CoNZealand members. In practice this means SFFANZ members who are not members of CoNZealand can attend their events. SJV nominees may be able to attend the award ceremony as well – this hasn’t been confirmed yet. The final details of eligibility and mechanism are yet to be confirmed.

One final point. Nobody came forward at GeyserCon to run the 2021 NZ natcon either. If you are interested in putting together a bid, get on to it now and put your team together. Then get in touch with SFFANZ as soon as possible. They can organise an online bid session to get you accepted as the official natcon – that would be ratified at CoNZealand.

CoNZealand Pricing Announcement

CoNZealand is the 78th World Science Fiction Convention. It will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from July 29 – August 2, 2020.

ConZealand have made an announcement regarding changes to membership rates that will take place in mid-June this year.

If you are thinking of attending the Worldcon here in Aotearoa, then have a read and you might be able to save a few dollars. There is a payment plan available.

Also, extra points if you can spot the rather glaring typo on the media release – unless, of course, they have fixed it by the time you read this.

GRRM and Air NZ – The Followup

In case you missed it, Air New Zealand has replied to George R R Martin’s reply to their advertising which invited George to take a free trip to New Zealand. George suggested that Air NZ give a bunch of American fans a free trip instead. Well Air NZ has now come back offering 20 fans that free ride.

Did you follow that? There will be a test later.

And no, we don’t know how you can apply for the free trip.

George R R Martin and that Air New Zealand offer

Air New Zealand made a cheeky offer to George R R Martin to fly him free to NZ to finish The Winds of Winter. You can see that video here.

Of course, it is just a piece of advertising, but GRRM took the time to reply, saying that he has been to New Zealand a number of times and listed some of the places he has been – you can read his reply here. He also plugged his toastmaster role at CoNZealand. Thanks for the shout-out George!

In case you were wondering, George first came to New Zealand to be a guest at Construction, the 1998 New Zealand national convention. He shared the bill with, among others, Neil Gaiman. Can you imagine what a big deal getting those two together to headline a convention would be like today – it would be massive.

Links for CoNZealand

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.