Welcome to the New Zealand in 2020 website.
We WERE running a bid to bring the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, to New Zealand in 2020. We have since won the bid at Worldcon 76 in San Jose. 🙂 Our name is CoNZealand, and you can find full information at https://conzealand.nz
We are now a Worldcon!
Thanks to the members of Worldcon 76, the vote is in and we are now a Worldcon. Our chosen name is CoNZealand. You can find full details, including guests of honour on our website at https://CoNZealand.nz Now we prepare our data and even rest a little. Here we go!
We’re going to party in San Jose like it’s, um, 2029? 2018? 2020?
We are closing off online pre-supports on Wednesday, 8th August, 2018
Just a heads up that we’re going to be closing off online pre-supporting registration Wednesday August 8th at 8PM NZT (UTC + 12) / 1AM PDT / 4AM EDT / 9AM BST in order to prepare our data and systems for Worldcon 76 in San Jose You will still be able to pre-support us in person […]
New Zealand in 2020 announces date change
We are announcing that the dates of our potential 78th Worldcon have been changed to Wednesday, 29 July through Sunday, 2 August 2020, due to the unavailability of one of the main facilities. This is two weeks earlier than our previous date of August 12th-16th 2020. The location is still in the same facilities in central […]
Site Selection Voting for the 2020 Worldcon is now Open!
Voting forms for site selection of the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in 2020, are now available from the Worldcon 76 site. Site Selection Ballots Voting is open to all members of Worldcon 76 (whether full or supporting), and costs an additional USD$50 to cast a vote. This money is given to […]
Decorated fences in New Zealand – via Amusing Planet
New Zealanders have a unique way of discarding their trash—they hang them on fences. Bras, boots, toothbrushes, bicycles, everything that has had their useful life over gets hung en masse on roadside fences. (Jump to Amusing Planet)
The Kiwi accent at Christmas
In this advert from Air New Zealand, Santa needs help understanding the Kiwi accent. Sorry, icksent….
We will be at Smofcon 35
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 […]
The Vote at WorldCon 76!
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!
WorldCon 75 in Helsinki
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!
SmofCon South 2016
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 Kiwi’s Beak” opens at MidAmericon 2
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 […]
Sasquan was SMOKIN’!!!!
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!
Bag End Party at Convergence 2015
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 for all your help at LonCon 3
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 […]
Facilities and logistics…
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 […]
Donations for helping victims of Christchurch earthquake
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/
Earthquake in Canterbury
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 […]
And so it begins…
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 […]