Welcome to the New Zealand in 2020 website.
We are running a bid to bring the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, to New Zealand in 2020. The site for 2020 will be selected by the members of the 2018 Worldcon, in San Jose.
What is Worldcon?
Worldcon is the World Science Fiction Convention. It is run entirely by volunteers and on a non-profit basis. It encompasses all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. And it's you, the members, who are invited to contribute your expertise and stories to the event.
What is the NZ in 2020 Bid?
We are bidding to hold the 78th Worldcon in Wellington, New Zealand. We are bidding for August 12th-16th 2020, in Wellington, New Zealand. We have facilities booked, and a city that is eager to have us.
Who is involved with the NZ in 2020 Bid?
Our bid committee consists of New Zealanders and experienced international fans. We are in the stages of preparing for the vote to be a Worldcon. This takes place in San Jose in 2018, at Worldcon 76. Our committee is preparing for the vote with fun events, but also the serious business of organisational structures and non-profit status.
SmofCon 35 is being held in Boston, MA, USA on December 1-3, 2017. New Zealand in 2020 will be there to learn and talk to fans and SMOFs… Norman Cates, Kelly Buehler, Dave Gallaher and Andrew A. Adams will be there to be inquisited…. Because no one expects the Fannish Inquisition… Er, well, actually we […]
WorldCon 76 – San Jose 2018 This is the big one! This is where the VOTE happens! We are SO looking forward to this, come and support us!
We were at Helsinki! And we had a great if busy time. It was great to talk to everyone who came up to our table. The Kiwi’s Beak made it’s reappearance along with the pav’s and chocolates. And hopefully you enjoyed the silly games!
In December 2016, to coincide with Smofcon in Chicago, we held the first ever Smofcon South. We had people from all round New Zealand and from Australia, come and participate in a terrific weekend of explanation and discovery. From that weekend we have started to set up our Board, including our Health & Safety Councillor, (thanks to new […]
The “pub” “The Kiwi’s Beak” with it’s signature mocktail, proved a huge hit, as did the magnetic darts game, where you had to hit a NZ icon and then identify it (Note: there were LOTS of clues given). The pavlovas disappeared rapidly, as did the chocolates. The bid table was constantly busy all the time […]
We had a terrific party in the consuite, lots of pav’s, lots of L&P. And LOTS of photo’s taken at the hobbit hole – check out our facebook page!
We sponsored this party because, well, “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” is right in our wheelhouse. Convergence took place July 2-5, 2015 in Bloomington, Minesota.
Thanks to everyone who helped run the New Zealand in 2020 table at LonCon 3, and to everyone who stopped by. Thanks to Maree Pavletich who set up and ran the table, Matthew Pavletich, David Thorne, Kelly Beuhler, Daniel Spektor, Alan Parker, Ian and Alison Jack and anyone else who did time… 🙂
We have updated the website with more information on facilities, AND you can now pre-support online! We will have a bid table AND we will be holding our first big party at Loncon 3. Probably Friday night, but that has to be confirmed. Sign up on the bottom right for our newsletter, or Like us […]
Investigation continues apace into facilities and logistics for holding a WorldCon. At this point we are sure that Wellington and Auckland can hold a WorldCon of over 2000 people, and can accomodate those people. Because of the size of the convention, some facilities and accomodation may be a little spread out, but no more than […]
The Red Cross donation website is having problems. Probably from everyone wanting to donate to relief for the Christchurch earthquake. So they suggest using this one in the meantime… http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/
As many of you will already be aware, there was a large earthquake in Canterbury, New Zealand, at 12:57, Tuesday, 22nd Feb, local time. It has caused much more damage than the earthquake that occurred during AussieCon 4 in September last year. The city of Christchurch and surrounding areas are suffering. If you wish, donations […]
Thank you to everyone who came and found us at AussieCon 4. There is a lot of enthusiasm for the idea of holding a WorldCon in New Zealand. We wanted to especially thank the Texas in 2013 and London in 2014 bids who made us feel so welcome, and invited us to join in their […]