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Volunteers: Last chance to order your shirts

This deadline for ordering the CoNZealand volunteer shirts is 7am, Wednesday 5th August. This deadline is for the Black, Purple, and Green shirts with the CoNZealand logo. Polo & Denim shirts, hats, pins, etc can still be ordered after tomorrow. https://www.offworlddesigns.com/conzealand/

CoNZealand bids farewell, hands over to DisCon III

CoNZealand, the first ever virtual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) comes to a close today. “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who, despite all that 2020 had thrown at us, made this convention possible: volunteers, programme participants and, of course, the fans,” say CoNZealand Co-Chairs, Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler. “We […]

An apology from the CoNZealand Chairs

We acknowledge that we got some things wrong at the Hugo Awards Ceremony today, and through doing so have hurt members of our community. We sincerely apologise for that hurt. We apologise for the mispronunciations of names, and any disrespect implied. Phonetic guidelines were made available to us, and we did not overcome the challenges […]

Martine, Jemisin, El-Mohtar, SL Huang and Gladstone win 2020 Hugo Awards

Arkady Martine’s debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, which explores the links between language, culture and interplanetary politics, has won the Hugo Award for the Best Novel. This Is How You Lose the Time War, a time travelling spy love story, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone won in the Best Novella category, and Emergency Skin, set on a […]

Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best New Zealand speculative fiction presented

Media Release Date: July 30, 2020 CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention July 29 – August 2, 2020 Contact: press@conzealand.nz The 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been presented at CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). The Awards recognise excellence and achievement by New Zealanders, both amateur and professional, in the science […]

Brackett, Bradbury, Lovecraft honoured with 1945 Retro Hugos

Media Release Date: July 30, 2020 CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention July 29 – August 2, 2020 Contact: press@conzealand.nz “Shadow Over Mars” (The Nemesis from Terra) by Leigh Brackett has been honoured with a Retrospective Hugo Award for Best Novel during a virtual ceremony at CoNZealand today. “I, Rocket”, by Ray Bradbury was […]

Virtual Worldcon kicks off!

CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, kicked off today as the first ever virtual Worldcon. At the opening ceremony, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, welcomed the participants: “I’m sorry I couldn’t welcome you here in person, though it seems in true sci-fi spirit, that this year’s convention will take place virtually, and I’m […]

Message to Members – Experience a Taste of CoNZealand Now

Kia ora, The past four months since we decided to pivot to a virtual CoNZealand convention have been a bit of a blur, and our crew are working all hours to get ready for lift off in just a few days. Creating the first ever virtual Worldcon from scratch has been a huge undertaking, but […]

Masquerade update- there’s still time to enter!

Thinking of entering the Masquerade but aren’t sure if you have the time? All you need is a costume and 20 seconds of video to show it off! You don’t need to make the costume yourself! And you don’t need to compete! To make it even easier to enter we have made it possible to […]

Fan tables and fan parties- get your application in!

There’s still time to host a fan table or fan party at the first ever Virtual Worldcon, and we encourage you to apply- but don’t delay, as the registration deadline is 15th July at midnight NZT. This is to give our tech team time to make the plans they need to. Fan tables will happen […]