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Welcome to Reconnaissance, the 36th New Zealand National Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Convention - a fully fledged fan run event with a wide range of events and activities.

It's Full Steam Ahead for Reconnaissance 2015 - With a heavy emphasis on Steam Punk and Cosplay, the Convention never the less caters for the professional writers of Science Fiction et al in New Zealand as well as the local clubs and individual fans.

Reconnaissance occurred during Easter of 2015 and is was held in Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand.
When was Easter I hear you ask? Easter Sunday is April 5th, 2015, so Easter is from Good Friday April 3rd, 2015 to Easter Monday April 6th, 2015.

Confirmed Guests:

  • Online Media Guest - Gail Carriger at AussieCon 4 Gail Carriger - Author, blogger & Well dressed Lady about town... Confirmed Attending When re-assured that she would be flown to New Zealand, Gail's response was:

    Photo of Gail with parasoleOh, really? Wow! I just got chills. Fly me, really? I'm even more excited. I really hope you win the bid! I'm so sorry to be so confused and dunderheaded about it. I was convinced you guys wouldn't be able to afford to bring little old me all the way down there. *bounce bounce* I've actually been to Rotorua! Lovely place. I am a sucker for hot springs. Sucker. Love them so. Oh, best of luck!

    Reviews of Gail's works by members of New Zealand's SFFANZ can be found here http://www.sffanz.org.nz/reviews/index.shtml

  • Photo of Pip Ballantine & Tee Monster Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris Confirmed Attending Photo of Pip Ballantine & Tee Monster

    "Tee and I are both very excited to be coming back to New Zealand, and bringing what we have learned in the jungle of American publishing with us. We've been to large cons like New York Comic Con and DragonCon, as well as to many steampunk conventions, but there is something special about New Zealand for both of us."

    Reviews of Pip and Tee's works by members of New Zealand's SFFANZ can be found here http://www.sffanz.org.nz/reviews/index.shtml

  • Watch this space - more guests soon.

Registered Charity

Our Registered Charity is the New Zealand Cancer Society ~ Marie advises "They were very nice to me, I went there a couple of times and the nurse made house calls" :)

Fan Guest of Honour

  • Photo of Alan Parker at ?? Alan Parker - Confirmed Attending

    Alan Parker first appeared on the Auckland Science Fiction scene many years ago. Alan is currently president of Stella Nova and from all accounts is ruling with an iron fist guiding the club quite nicely. He's run a convention in Rotorua, so it's only fitting that he is one of our Fan Guests of Honour (but if he get's out the Fishnet stocking one more time...)


  • Photo of Norman Cates at ??Norman Cates! - It's been many years since Norman held his Conquests, worked his was up to senior compositor at Weta Digital, get cajoled into running a tentative bid to Host the 2020 WorldCon in New Zealand, but when was the last time you got to hear Norman talk about himself?


Convention Hotel:-

Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel booking link

We're pleased to announce our Convention venue and Accommodation are located at the Sudima Lake Rotorua 1000 Eruera Street Rotorua. We have secured a special "Run of House" rate $185 for a single and $205 for a double. The Sudima Lake Rotorua advises this is their peak booking time, so we can only stress most highly to get in now and book ahead. Unfortunately, we can't split the Hotel into Party Zones and non-party zones, but we believe this is the best outcome price wise.

*Updated* March 1st 2015 - We have released back to the Sudima, all remaining rooms that we had in reserve for Reconnaissance attendees. we can't guarantee a room reservation at the Sudima Lake Rotorua from this point on. (Easter is their peak reservation period).

The Sudima Lake Rotorua advises that Easter is their peak booking time and as such they recommend you book early


  Until end of 2014   2015 until start of convention
Full Membership (Fri 3rd - Monday 6th)   $ 75   $ 100
"Unwaged" (*) $ 50 $ 60
One Day entry   $ 50   $ 60
One Day Writer's Workshop (Friday) $ 60 in addition to full membership $ 60 in addition to full membership
YA Sunday session (conditions apply) $ 40 Offer has now lapsed. TBA TBA

Membership rates were first advertised in 2011 and the pricing structure has remained unchanged since.

Membership postal form click here - You can either print this out and post it to us along with your payment details, or save as a PDF file with your details and email back to us.

LunaCon 2015 Logo Due to LunaCon 2015 being cancelled, Reconnaissance are offering a 10% discount to anyone who is a financial member of that convention.

The ConCom:-

  • Andrew IVAMY at AussieCon 4Chair - Andrew Ivamy. Winner of the 2014 Short Story Competition at the New Zealand National Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Convention Conclave II (2014) - Andrew first attended a NZ SF&F&H NatCon in Dunedin in 1986 - Halleycon. From all accounts both New Zealand fandom and Andrew survived the encounter & Andrew's been with us ever since.


  • Marie WCo - Chair - Marie Williams - Marie brings a wealth of experience to the convention being a book shop owner (Bookwormz), as well as being on the 2011 ConText and 2012 unCONventional committees.


  • Photo of Fiona Brown our Cosplay coordinator Fiona Brown Confirmed Attending

    Winner of best Cosplay at Au Contraire in 2010 for her costume Girl Genius, Fiona Brown is our Cosplay Coordinator. Fiona can be seen most days slaving away over a hot sewing machine, either creating a commissioned piece, or a garment for that special occasion.

  • Photo of Karen Hansen Karen Hansen Confirmed Attending

    Karen Hansen comes to us from the world of Burlesque and can be found online at Artful Addiction.

  • Friday, 4th March 2016 2:00 p.m.

    It is with the greatest sadness that I report Karen #MarieWilliams funeral was today in Christchurch after dying just after midnight on the 27th of February NZDST surrounded by family in the Hospice in Palmeston North where she had been recuperating after her chemotherapy was stopped two weeks earlier.

    I have typed out the Eulogy that I gave today and have posted it on the Convention's website (see blow).

    By mutual agreement between myself and Marie's sister, we withheld announcing Marie's death and funeral details until after tonight's family dinner had occurred here in Christchurch.

    My thanks go also to @Fir McGrevey Gilmore for attending the funeral and to @Fiona Brown for offering her condolences prior to the convention.

    Ladies: Have regular Breast screening

    Gents: Have regular Prostrate screening.

    Eulogy for Marie Williams.

    The Eulogy for Karen Marie Williams given Friday 4th March, 2016 at the St Silas Anglican Church Redwood Christchurch New Zealand.

    A full text version can be found on Andrew Ivamy's Fanzine page at eFanzines and be downloaded by clicking here.


There will be a Cosplay stream on the Saturday (Costuming Workshops, discussions & an all important "Do's and Don'ts of Photography") in preparation for the Cosplay Event (referred in the past as a Masquerade / Costume Parade

CosPlay Panels Include:

4pm Friday - Photographers and CosPlayers: Why they love to hate each other. (Baycrest 3)

Easter Saturday: (all times are in the Delta Room unless notified separately)

  • 9am - Introduction to CosPlay: From Page to costume
  • 10am - Getting it right: Re-enactors Vs Free Style Best Dressed: Get your characters right - Fiona Brown, Fir McGrevy Gilmore
  • NOON - How to fit a Corset properly with discussion of the difficulties of sourcing relevant materials for your costume and items from overseas
  • 2pm - Writing Costume and Clothing in Fiction
  • 3pm - How to design an original Steam Punk Costume - Josiene Van Maarseveen
  • 6pm - Prep for CosPlay: Practical Assistance and last minute touches. (Baycrest 3)

Short Story Competition

It is the 5th of November 2015 AD.

The Sun rose at 7am and will set at 4:27pm this afternoon.

On the grassed area outside your factory office window, workers have unearthed a small wooden chest in the trench they are digging which they bring in and set on your desk. There is a padlock still slung to the latch, but it was broken long ago. A brass plate attached to the chest reads "2357AD"

Inside is a cylinder made of brass; its ends have been sealed with wax and now rotted cloth. After carefully opening the seal, you retrieve a single scroll. One side has writing while the other side has a detailed technical drawing on one half of the page and the other half is a hand drawn picture.

There is a glass bottle with a transparent liquid that has a soft colour to it. The bottle has an ornate etching on one surface, but you cannot ascertain its meaning. It has been similarly sealed but the label has long since perished.

Silt has permeated the chest and you can find no other discernible objects.

The scroll details the events that occurred the night the chest was buried nearly 150 years earlier...

In one of the paragraphs, you must describe either a cheerleader's costume or a Superhero's costume (or both) as it is mentioned in the scroll and what their relevance is.

The Short Story Competition is open to financial members of the convention and must be of a Steam Punk theme. Submissions must be no more than 5,000 words in length. The competition launched, the 5th of November 2014 and will close on the 3rd of March 2015 at 6pm NZDST.

The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of Reconnaissance on Easter Monday the 6th of April, 2015.

"By submitting to the Short Story Comp you agree that your submission may be printed in multiple mediums as the ConCom sees fit." What that means is: The winner of the SSC will have their story included in the post convention con book. We may also publish the winner's short story on this website and we may also ask the winner to read out their winning short story at the closing ceremony, at which point the works revert back to their respective owners.

"The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into."

Art - Illustration Competition

The Art - Illustration competition A re-imagined Night Before Christmas

Marie W In the grounds of Bunson’s Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Steam-Punkville
Not a creature was stirring, not even Bumbersnoot.
The airships were slung low by the chimneys with care,
Their fireboxes raked down, the ash there was none there.
Blair Athol coal and Dennison Coal too like the majestic steam locomotives did they all use too.

Traditional New Zealand Christmas tale The students were nestled all snug in their bunk beds,
While visions of treacle tarts danced in their heads.
And Mademoiselle in her ‘kerchief, and I, Vieve in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

Winter Village Toy Shop - Christmas tree bench and minifigs watermark.jpg When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
Surely the mechanical’s couldn’t be the matter?
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the Pinkerton’s sash.

Snow covered village and light house The Currituck Light on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Wellington Thorndon Book’s beloved car being towed by eight Prancing Ponies that did need shoeing it would appear?

Steam Punk Snowflakes (cogs) Was the little old driver Lord Maccon, so lively and quick?
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than The Great Eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

Doctor Who Tardis and Daleks as Santa's sleigh and reindeer "Now Bill! now, Stybba! now, Prancer and Arod!
On, Fatty Lumpkin! On, Bumpkin! on, on Hasufel and Windfola!
To the squeak deck! Past the blue Police Box standing lone sentry by the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

Toy village lit up in low light As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the squeak deck the coursers they flew,
With the tumble-seat full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

Stars and Strips top hats And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The Picklemen, the Pinkerton’s, the Fly-away men and even the House of Usher too were all tip-toeing to the Pub for a brew or perhaps two.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound – surely using the door would be totally confound?
"Wait for us!"Called out the Chitterton's as they tip toed away too..

Winter Village Light House and frozen stream with stone bridge He was dressed belt buckles, clasps and safety harnesses all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes and ridding goggles were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his steam pressure jet-pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a fine toothed cog or gear with wide teeth.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

Judge dredd and Santa clause He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, er, of the Rivendell elves I’d say at a guess...
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself – this poem it isn’t a mess!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
And not once a mention of Judge Dredd.

Christmas Tree cog ornaments He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the fishnet-stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose, had he not heard of the æther-gate I did pose?!

Steampunk_Santa_by_CyborgNecromancer.jpg He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Octopus Christmas Tree Ornaments With Kind thanks and apologies to Gail Carriger, Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris, the BBC and Verity Lambert, 2000 AD comics, J. R. R. Tolkien and of course Clement Clarke Moore via http://www.carols.org.uk/twas_the_night_before_christmas.htm

The Art - Illustration Competition is open to financial members of the convention and must be of a Steam Punk theme based on the poem above. Submissions must be sent as a high resolution digital image to the convention's address of your work which can be in any artistic medium. You must be prepared to bring to, and display at, the convention your work of art over the entire convention. The competition launched, the 15th of December 2014 and will close on the 17th of March 2015 at 6pm NZDST.

The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of Reconnaissance on Easter Monday the 6th of April, 2015.

"By submitting to the Art - Illustration Comp you agree that your submission may be printed in multiple mediums as the ConCom sees fit." What that means is: The winner of the Art - Illustration Comp will have their work included in the post convention con book. We may also publish the winner's work on this website and we may also ask the winner to give a brief talk on their work at the closing ceremony, at which point the works revert back to their respective owners.

"The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into."

YA - Young Adult stream

The YA - Young Adult stream - here's a sneak peak
    Easter Sunday

  • 9am - Victorian Parlour Games
  • 10am - World building
  • Garth Smith, Paul Gilbert and others will be discussing the challenges of gathering the information required to build your world - do you wait and write later? Write first and contradict yourself?
  • NOON - Where is the humour in YA? Gail Carriger is joined by Simon Litten and Maree Pavletich in discussing Humour in YA and where did it go with the focus in recent times of more serious stories aimed at YA audiences.
  • 2pm - FFANZ is the anachronism for Fan Fund Australia / New Zealand. Each alternate year New Zealanders get to send some one to Australia's NatCon (next year in Brisbane) through Fan Fund raising such as the Auction etc. Meet the FFANZ Delegate - David McDonald who hails from Melbourne and is one of the few Authors at this years NatCon who isn't launching a book. David will be on a number of panels such as the Doctor Who - Looking Forwards and the Religion in SF panels.
  • 3pm - Fan Fiction: A look at Fan Fiction online and why some (if not most of it) shouldn't be there.
  • 4pm - The Spiel in Essen - Louise McCully gives us a trip report on her experiences at the Spiel in Essen - a fairly large board gaming venue.


It wouldn't be a convention with-out minions who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help make the convention an enjoyable experience

    • Alicia Ponder has stood down as the Written - Print Media co-ordinator on the 3rd of November citing she is busy with SFFANZ - Sir Julius Vogel Awards duties and her own book duties. We reluctantly accepted her standing down formally on the 5th of November.
    • Better late than never, please make welcome ? as the CosPlay Co-ordinator's Minion.


One Day Writer's Workshop

Pip and Tee will hold a One Day Writer's Workshop which will look at the lessons they have learnt going from amateur to semi and finally professional writers; how to write, what to write and who to write for.

Pip advises: We're going to be working on creating great dialogue and characters. We're going to be talking about it, practising it, and then opening up for questions. So if you have a character or some dialogue you want to discuss, feel free to bring it along.

Cost is $ 60 per person for attendees of the convention as a sperate cost to the convention membership. Numbers are strictly limited, so first in, best dressed.

Other Planned Events:

It wouldn't be a convention without events:

  • Guests of Honour Speeches
    • 11am Sunday - Gail Carriger will be interviewed by Andrew Ivamy
    • 11am Saturday - Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
    • 2pm Sunday - Fan GoH Alan Parker
    • 10am Saturday - Norman Cates will give us a LARP report and talk about other items of interest in his life
  • Panels
  • Autograph Sessions - you want me to sign WHAT? How many??
  • Floating Markets

    The Floating Market will occur on Sunday morning from 9am to Noon with set up from 8am onwards in the Gallifrey Atrium. The markets will occur while there are panels going on, so there may be rushes at the top of the hour.

    The Floating market will be set up in the 600 Foyer - a short stroll from the Sudima reception area. The cost of a table is $ 10 for a fan selling "stuff" and $20 for one or $ 30 for two tables for a trader selling articles such as clothing, jewellery, or similar. The 600 Foyer is an area I refer to as the Gallifrey Atrium - an area that has some wonderful natural light streaming through some remarkable high windows a short stroll from reception.

    The floating market will be followed by the Auction where people can Auction off more singular items, To avoid the Auction getting bogged down in one and two dollar books, we ask that only books of merit be included, for example they are autographed or are a rare out of print edition.

    We can confirm Velvet Cherry will have a trade table. As Fiona Brown is our CosPlay co-ordinator and will be doing a whole day of paneling, she gets first pick on location, then it's up in the air where people will go.
    Want a trade table at the Floating Market? Send us an email

    So far we have the following confirmed tables:
    • Velvet Cherry 2
    • Bookwormz
    • Paper Road Press
    • Darusha Wehm - Author
    • Starboy Fashions tbc
    • Darian Smith - Author
    • Steve Wheeler - Knifesmith
    • Artful Addiction is a Rotorua based Alternative Fashion, Gift-ware and Accessories label, specialising in Steampunk and cosplay inspired pieces, with a fetish for horror, kawaii and conversely: elegant high couture. Artful Addiction strives to provide a premiere custom design service, including bespoke painted glassware, fascinators and truly unique hats from all eras past and imagined futures. 2
    • I'm sure I've forgotten somebody... >:(
  • Auction - come watch the Guests ply their wares um... sell other people um, sell other people's stuff
  • New Zealand in 2020 WorldCon (bid) discussion
  • SFFANZ Business Meeting
  • Filking - You'll know all about it when the Filkers strike up a song!
  • Book Lunches!

    We have a Roster of book launches (we *think* it's going to be the largest number of book's launched at a New Zealand NatCon ever!)

    1. Gail Carriger's book Prudence launches on the 17th of March - we have books on order and hope they arrive in time!
    2. Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris' book launches the 30th of March - we have books on order and hope they arrive in time!
    3. Dan Rabarts (called in sick - Best Wishes Dan)
    4. Debbie Cowens Murder and Matchmaking
    5. Darusha Wehm Children of Arkadia
    6. Darian Smith Currents of Change
    7. Have just been contacted by Carolyn Smith about a possible book launch - more details to follow
    8. I'm sure I've forgotten somebody... >:(
    Because we have so many book launches, we are spacing things out a little:
    • 9am Saturday, there will be a meet and greet with most of our Authors in attendance in the Summit Room.
    • 4pm to 6pm Atlantis Books will be hosting a wine and cheese at their shop 1206 Eruera Street Rotorua for members of the convention. Gail will do a short Q and A and we'll try our hardest to have Pip and Tee keep their talk / reading to a minimum and then our Authors will have a short five minute reading of their works.
    • Floating Market 9am to Noon Sunday: Some of our Authors will be selling their books at the floating Market via Paper Road Press, Bookwormz and others.
    • Autograph Session 1pm Monday at the Te Runanga Tea Rooms: On Sunday as part of the Festival of Steam Punk, Reconnaissance have been invited to have our Dead Dog Party at the Te Runanga Tea Rooms after the closing ceremony. Our guests of Honour will be in attendance from 3pm at the Tea Rooms for an Autograph Session for anyone who hasn't been able to catch them after a panel for a quick hello.
  • Cocktail Hour followed by "In Memorium of..." then the Sir Julius Vogel awards ...and then some more cocktails...

    The SJV award committee advises: We have set up a packet folder on Google Drive so that access can be restricted to specific people. We have a Google group that you can be added to, which will give you access to the SJV Packet folder. And we can also let you know when updates happen via that group.

    In order to get access, you need to be a member of SFFANZ, or Reconnaissance. You need a Google account. Google accounts are easy to create, and can be created with a minimum of information. You can even create one with an existing email address, rather than creating a new address that is Google specific.

    1. Written - Print Media Stream

      The Written - Print Media stream is finally taking shape; here is a glimpse of confirmed panels. (Note times are for the Summit Room unless otherwise noted)

    2. Friday: Writer's Workshop with Pip and Tee 9am to 5pm - $60 additional to the full week-end registration. We still have some places left after a group decided not to take places.
      • Saturday:
      • 9am - We Have lift-off! Book launches:
        1. Anthology announcement: Dan Rabarts will announce an anthology of great interest to writers of speculative fiction ~ (called in sick - Best Wishes Dan)
        2. Debbie Cowens launches her latest work Murder and Matchmaking from Paper Road Press - Murder and Matchmaking is a dark comedy mashup in the style of Cowens' other works, but this time focusing on Pride and Prejudice and the Sherlock Holmes canons. "It would be great to launch the book at the NatCon, and I would be happy to do some giveaways as spot prizes eg in the con packs or over the weekend."
        3. Darusha Wehm ~ Children of Arkadia
        4. Darian Smith Currents of Change ~ Free first chapter at www.darian-smith.com
        5. Have just been contacted by Carolyn Smith about a possible book launch - more details to follow
        6. I'm sure I've forgotten somebody... >:(
        7. Your book launch here? We'd like to welcome you to Reconnaissance.
      • Noon to 2pm SpecFicNZ Writers Long Lunch
      • 2pm in the Delta Room - Writing Costume and Clothing in Fiction - GC FB FMcG - as part of our CosPlay Festival
      • 3pm Creative Commons Presentation - Elizabeth Heritage
        Elizabeth Heritage works at Creative Commons New Zealand http://creativecommons.org.nz/ and will talk about the technical side of copyright and licensing
      • Sunday:
      • 9am Reviewing Books - Simon Litten and June Young will discuss reviewing books and can it always be in an unbiased manor?
      • 10am Publicising SpecFic books in New Zealand - Elizabeth Heritage
        Elizabeth will give a talk about publicising SpecFic books in New Zealand and will include sales and marketing as well
      • 10am in the Delta Room - World Building with Garth Smith as part of our YA Festival.
      • Noon Contemporary Hard SF - Darusha Wehm
        Hard SF Panel: Space fiction seems to be currently enjoying a resurgence with the popularity of films like Gravity and Interstellar and books like Ancillary Justice winning all the awards. We'll talk about the current state of hard SF, why we love it and why it's making a comeback.
      • 3pm Religion in SF - David McDonald
      • 4pm How writer's write - GC.


  • Bus Info - New Zealand Busses - Info
  • Jasons Guides - It's out there. Go Find it. - It's out there. Go Find it.
  • Hobbiton - Hobbiton Tours - The Sudima can arrange a bus pick up or book direct (we're hearing some people are going Friday morning)
  • Polynesian Spa - Polynesian Spa - Directly across the road from the Sudima Lake Rotorua, - have a soak in the lava - as endorsed by Golum! (Sorry that should read hot pools...)
  • Tamaki Maori Village - Tamaki Maori Village - A 3 hour journey into the heart of Maori Culture...an experience you will never forget! The most award-winning Maori culture attraction in New Zealand... Journey with us to the outskirts of Rotorua, to a Maori village nestled in an ancient forest.
  • - http://www.rotoruanz.com/ - Blanket website with information about Rotorua including booking activities
  • Rotorua International Airport - CLink Here - Information about the Rotorua Airport, parking etc.
  • Rotorua Activities - Link Here - Info
  • Rotorua New Zealand Activities - Link Here - Info
  • Maori Greenstone - Link Here - Info
  • - Link Here - Wikitravel - The free travel guide


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    All Reconnaissance membership will be issued with a lanyard and a numbered con badge and it is a requirement that they be worn at all times for purposes of identification.
    All members of Reconnaissance are expected to treat each other with respect and courtesy.
    Any harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and all offenses will be taken seriously and treated in confidence. Our security personnel at the convention will be Alan Parker and Marie Williams, we hope to have a third person as backup but that will depend on finding a willing helper. Please enquire when registering and we’ll let you know if we’ve been successful.

    With regard to CosPlay photography, please ask permission before snapping – NO means NO and to ignore their request, is a breach of our harassment statement above.

    All instances will be treated individually and the consequences can range from asking that person to modify their behaviour through to being ejected from the convention. We will not hesitate to include the hotel management or NZ Police in any decision making process, if it is believed that a situation warrants their involvement.


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    • ¿ 2017 Queens Birthday Long week-end (NZ) - As suddenly as the cyber attack on the forum started, it stops as abruptly. Christchurch is not destroyed in an apocoliptic earth quake.
    • Reconnaissance attends Corflu 34 in Los Angles 28th to 30th April 2017 - a sustained cyber attack on the convention's forum begins.
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    • 22nd June 2016 - Committee meeting - Bank account closes and final gifts are distributed
    • 27th February 2016 - Marie Williams dies
    • Various committee meetings
    • 2015 - EASTER - CONVENTION!!! We're here!
    • 15th March 2015 - Four years to the day since the website first launched!
    • Progress Report 4 is out - four weeks until the convention.
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    • 42 Days until the convention starts - 20/02/2015
    • The Program is now live! Click Here last updated 29th March
    • CONFIRMED: The Dead Dog Part will be held at the Te Runanga Tea House 1pm onwards Easter Monday 6th April
    • We will be having an event at Atlantis Books - 1206 Eruera Street Rotorua 4pm - 6pm Easter Saturday 4th April
    • Tee and Andrew's pre-convention Pub Crawl in full Steam Punk Gear will commence at Sundown Thursday the 2nd April. Details on the Faceook page.
    • 2015 IS HERE! - Prices have now risen (as first advertised in 2011)
    • Art - Illustration Competition launches the 15th of December.
    • Like our backgrounds? They were added 29th of November.
    • Short Story Competition launched the 5th of November.
    • 1st November 2014 - Finally nutted out source code errors that put some text at end of page in the blue area.
    • 15th September - 200 days to go! Membership postal form click here (NEW) Forum (NEW)|
    • 1st August - we're using Mail Chimp to send out our email to registered attendees.
    • July 1st - Website upgrade underway!
    • Download our latest Progress Report IV here (right click "Save Link As")
    • 6th June 2014 - 300 days to go!
    • We have a Hotel! The Wonderful Hotel and Convention Centre, Sudima Lake Rotorua Many thanks to Mindy for her behind the scenes work.
    • Download our latest flyer here (right click "Save Link As")
    • April 3rd - ONE YEAR TO GO!!!
    • Nov 2013 - 500 Days until the opening ceremony + Progress Report IV - (right click "Save Link As")
    • Oct 2013 Road Trip to Rotorua to scout out venues
    • 2013/08 Web Site overhaul
    • Ratification at Au Contraire 2 - Wellington (who could ever forget that bid?)
    • 2013/06 Pre Bid planning - and a Reconnaissance of Rotorua
    • 2012/11 Some much needed website maintenance
    • 2012/08 We need a logo!!! <-- We still need a logo
    • 2012/07/24 It'll be 20 years since Constellation was held in CHC which Margaret Mahy was GoH - perhaps we could do something to celebrate her life - A panel "Where are they now?"
    • Old News

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    The ConCom would like to thank the following people and organisations for their help both in front of office and behind the curtains.
    • Au Contraire for keeping their word.
    • Marty Cantor and LASFAPA for putting flyers around various Californian conventions in 2013 & 2014
    • Lynelle Howell and the Phoenix Zine
    • Jacqui Smith for her talents with desk top publishing
    • Marie Williams for her talents with desk top publishing
    • Kelly Buchanan for her wizardry in creating our logo
    • Information about the SFFANZ Database can be found here ---> http://www.sffanz.org.nz/fandatabase.shtml

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