We’re going to party in San Jose like it’s, um, 2029? 2018? 2020?

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Bring the Shire!  Bring the Feet!  Bring the Adventure!

There will be Second Breakfast. The Kiwi’s Beak will be open and serving your favourite New Zealand style Hobbit dessert fare. There will be spot the quote. There will be photo ops ….so get your Hobbit on in front of the Hobbit Hole and dream of taking the same photo actually in Hobbiton New Zealand!



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The Kiwi’s Beak is proud to present our unique take on Kwiz Night!

It has, let’s say, a more practical turn than the usual questions. To wit:
How many kiwis does it take to completely submerge a fan?
How many kiwis can you carry? How many kiwis can balance on your head— while limbo-ing? Ok, that may be a little silly …But…..who knows?
And Kiwi Trivia!
Kiwis to kuddle and win!
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World famous in our own lunchtimes! Stars both cosmic and talented!

The Kiwis Beak will fortify your loins and stiffen your sinews for an evening of filmed and performed entertainment. Including:
A very special performance by Mr N Cates and Mr M Pavletich Esquires, known as the pure brass of vaudeville, delivering up for your efficacious edification and entertainment their prominent party piece: The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God.
“Actually funny. I was surprised” – Roger Rabbit
“Put this on your bucket list. I did.” – General Custer
“Well call me Shirley, this stuff is SEROUSLY funny” – Dr Rumack

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 http://worldcon76.org

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.

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 the winning bidder, regardless of who you voted for. Voters automatically become a supporting member of the winning bid.

This year, “New Zealand in 2020” is running unopposed in bidding to host the 2020 Worldcon.

You can vote either at the convention in San Jose, or via post or email beforehand. You can also delegate someone to take your form for you, if you’re a supporting member and you have paid your Advanced Supporting Membership (Voting) Fee.  Site Selection voting forms have to reach Worldcon 76 Site Selection by no later than 6PM on Saturday, 18th August 2018.

Benefits for voting in Site Selection vary depending on the bid and your pre-supporting status. For New Zealand in 2020, here are some benefits of voting in Site Selection:

  • You will be a Supporting Member of the winning bid. If New Zealand in 2020 wins the vote, that means us!
  • If you are a Silver Fern pre-support member of the NZ in 2020 bid, AND you vote in Site Selection, then your Silver Fern membership will be automatically converted to a Full Membership of the convention.

We encourage you to join Worldcon 76: San Jose as a member regardless. Don’t forget that with membership in Worldcon 76 you can also vote in the Hugo Awards! But be quick. Voting for the Hugos will close July 31, 2018.

To join Worldcon 76, please go to their website and choose the Membership section.

Frequent Questions

What can I do to help win the bid?

Joining Worldcon 76 and voting in Site Selection is the most direct way to help our bid. But even just joining our bid by taking a Pre-supporting Membership is always helpful.

Since NZ in 2020 is unopposed, then surely that means you will win by default?

No unopposed bid should assume that they have it in the bag. And neither do we.  It is possible that a write-in bid could sweep in to win. But we sincerely hope that we will not drop the ball so massively that we lose the trust of the fans. 🙂

But it’s less important that I vote for Site Selection then isn’t it?

It’s true that in an unopposed race the only bidder has always won. But there are other important reasons to vote. By getting in quickly, you are showing support for the bid and the convention. It may also be convenient to you to be a Silver Fern Pre-supporting member, who then becomes a Full Member when voting in Site Selection. Your Attending membership is done and dusted. But just by voting you become a Supporting Member and this can be upgraded later on.


If I have a Silver Fern pre-support membership, and I vote in Site Selection, will that be cheaper than buying a Full Membership later on?

It will be cheaper than buying a Full Membership closer to 2020. But not necessarily cheaper than just buying a Full Membership at Worldcon 76. Part of the money from a Silver Fern pre-support goes to paying for the bid. Even though we are in the run up to Worldcon 76 where our vote takes place, there are still expenses in this final push. So in fact if you take ANY of our pre-support memberships, that will be very helpful to us.

If you have a Silver Fern pre-support membership and don’t vote in site selection, then your upgrade to full membership will be roughly equivalent to a supporting membership cost.

If you are not already a member of Worldcon 76 (San Jose) then it will be cheaper to upgrade your NZ in 2020 Silver Fern or Kiwi memberships later than to become a Worldcon 76 member and vote in site selection.