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 Wellington, New Zealand. These facilities include TSB Arena, Shed 6, the InterContinental Wellington and the Michael Fowler Centre.

The date change will ensure that our New Zealand Worldcon will have unfettered access to the facilities and accommodation required to run a successful event, should our bid be awarded the convention.

The site selection vote is to be held at the 2018 Worldcon, Worldcon 76, in San José, California. Members of the 2018 Worldcon will vote on where to hold the 2020 Worldcon.

Worldcon 76 can be contacted at

Long-time science fiction fan, Norman Cates is the chair of the NZ in 2020 Worldcon bid.

“We appreciate that this date change would make our Worldcon early compared to previous Worldcons. We did a lot of debating about this, and moving the date was the best overall option to preserve our best possible Worldcon” says Norman.