“I know how to run a con, I don’t need to go." Running a convention is a very valuable piece of experience.
However, SmofCon South is specifically about the NZ Worldcon Bid for 2020. A Worldcon is different from a NatCon. There are many more moving pieces. And if you have been involved in larger events, then we would love to have your expertise.
This is the first time we have got a large group of people together to specifically discuss running the (potential) NZ Worldcon in 2020. This is where you will find out what has been done so far, and what needs to be done over the next four years. This is when the major work starts. Recruitment, commitment and organisation are the watchwords.
This is the time for YOUR INPUT. Now is the time to get in and choose what role you are going to play. Now is the time to find out how to pick a team and run it. How YOUR DIVISION is going to go. Now is the time to decide in what direction we are taking this worldcon. Themes and topics. Approaching friends and groups around the country and world to be involved.
FAQ’s: The budget is what? The venue(s), how many rooms do we need? Hotel arrangements – what can we do in a hotel as a guest or as a day tripper? The several-times-a-day newsletters and publications that go out. Sponsors, marketing. We need how much ice for the overseas bid parties? What can and has gone wrong at a Worldcon? And how do we not make the same mistake?
This is important. Important to YOU. Important to running the possible New Zealand WorlcCOn. Don’t miss out.
Find more information at the SmofCon South webpage.
Come one, come all! We will be running SmofCon South in Wellington, New Zealand from December 3rd to 4th, 2016. This is run at this time to try to hook into the resources and people of SmofCon 34, taking place the same weekend in Chicago, USA.
A Smofcon is a convention about running conventions. It's an excellent opportunity to meet other con runners, and to learn from them.
SmofCon South will be primarily focused on running Worldcons or other large events. This event will be very valuable for people who have volunteered to help run a New Zealand Worldcon. We want to encourage you to come along and meet other people you may be working with, and gain insights and knowledge about how Worldcons work.
You can find more information and register on the SmofCon South page.
Upcoming Appearances for NZ in 2020
We'll be at Midamericon 2 with a party and bid table. More information as it becomes available!
New Zealand in 2020 is taking part in various parties in conjunction with the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). Hopefully at a convention near you...
ConVergence 2015 - Come to the Bag End Party at CONvergence! We have sponsored this party because, well, "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" is right in our wheelhouse. Room 109 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Convergence is taking place July 2-5, 2015 in Bloomington, Minesota.
If you are attending, and available, we would be keen to have another one or two people to help out at the room, representing New Zealand in 2020. Contact us at you are firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
August, 2014 - 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... :-)
July, 2014 - 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 on Facebook, or Follow us on Twitter...
February, 2013 - 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 we've seen at other WorldCons. It's all a juggling act. It's really bodies on the ground who we need to make sure we have. Keep an eye out. We'll be asking for volunteers soon, just to get an idea of the level of commitment we will have.
November 27th, 2011 - Updated the website with a bit more information.
February 24th, 2011 - 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/
February 23rd, 2011 - 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 for help are being received via the Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org.nz/.
We were greatly moved by the expressions of support from the science fiction community at AussieCon 4 when the earthquake happened last September. It's memories like that, that help at times like this. Thank you.
September 10th, 2010 - 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 parties on Friday night.
We currently have over 250 pre-supporting registrations...
We also wanted to thank everyone who stopped by to offer their sympathies and support after the Canterbury earthquake. It was much appreciated.
For the moment, there will be a little pause as we catch our breath. This website will continue being updated, and we will contact everyone who has offered to help, as well as our pre-supporting members. But that will happen in a few weeks. Thanks again!