New National Science Fiction and Fantasy
Monday 3rd June 2002 - The 2002 New Zealand
national science fiction convention, held at Wellington at Queen's
Birthday weekend, saw the inauguration of a new umbrella
organisation for New Zealand science fiction and fantasy fandom: The
Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).
Such an organisation was first mooted at 2001's national
convention. During the past year, some thirty fans from around the
country have been involved in discussing the purpose, duties, and
mandate of the new organisation.
SFFANZ aims to act as a national body separate from, but involved
with, existing science fiction and fantasy clubs. As such, it hopes
to be a major part of the structure of New Zealand fandom, enhancing
liaisons between existing fan groups, providing support for events
which transcend normal club structures (such as the annual national
conventions), and providing a national voice for fandom.
By being an organisation without a club basis, SFFANZ hopes to be
able to act independently of the clubs, and therefore the clubs will
continue as they have always done, as independent entities.
SFFANZ will also organise and conduct the new national science
fiction and fantasy awards, The Sir Julius Vogel awards, and be
responsible for the voting between bids to host future national
conventions. It will be an incorporated, non-profit society, and
will be run for the benefit of as many fans as possible. Membership
of SFFANZ will be available either directly or through registration
for the national convention.
As an incorporated society, SFFANZ will have a tax-free status.
It is intended to allow conventions to utilise this status if they
so wish. It is hoped that it will also be able to offer loans or
grants to conventions. SFFANZ will also hold a national fan
database, to provide fans with information of interest to the New
Zealand fan community.
SFFANZ will contribute to the promotion of Science Fiction,
Fantasy and fandom in New Zealand by encouraging communication
between fan groups, encouraging the creation of new fan groups,
being a media contact, and increasing public awareness of local fan
groups and activities. It is also hoped that there may be future
advantages to fans directly from membership.
For more information, SFFANZ can be contacted at:
SFFANZ, PO Box 13-574, Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand
(SFFANZ) is a national organisation providing continuity for fans of
the fantastic within New Zealand. It encourages the formation of
clubs and the running of conventions by providing practical advice
and help. SFFANZ also runs the annual Sir Julius Vogel Awards, which
recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by New