Nominations are now open for the 2020 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ).
FFANZ was created to strengthen ties between Australian and New Zealand fandom. This fan fund financially assists the winning FFANZ delegate with travel and associated costs to attend the Natcon of the other nation.
In 2020 FFANZ will send an Australian science fiction fan to the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, CoNZealand, being held July 29-August 2 in Wellington, NZ

Prospective candidates have until 25th March, 2020 to file the documents required to nominate to run for the FFANZ ballot. Voting will run from 27 March, 2020 to 27 April, 2020

Candidates should file the following documents:
• A brief letter stating their intent to run for FFANZ 2020.
• A nominator and a seconder, preferably a nominator from Australia and a seconder from New Zealand.
• A 100 word or less platform statement specifying the candidate’s reasons for running and qualifications for becoming the 2020 FFANZ delegate.

The duties of the winning candidate will be as follows:
Travel to New Zealand to attend CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, July 29-August 2, 2020.
• Get to know as many New Zealand Science Fiction fans as time will permit.
• Become the Australian FFANZ administrator until a replacement administrator is found. This normally happens when the administrator role is handed over to the succeeding New Zealand bound delegate (in 2022 if a race is run every year).
• Raise funds and contribute to a bank account to be used by the next Australian delegate(s) in 2022.
• Promote connections between Australian and New Zealand fandom by a trip report or other means.

Send required documents to:
Alan Stewart, fiawol@netspace.net.au for Australian fans or
llynelle.howell@gmail.com for New Zealand fans

More information about being a fan fund delegate can be found at https://ffanznews.wordpress.com/about/ or http://ozfanfunds.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/FanFundANZ/


FFANZ trip hosting

This year, FFANZ delegate Lynelle Howell will be attending Continuum, the Australian natcon for 2017.  To help facilitate things, is there anybody out there interested in a room share during the con?  Or perhaps hosting the delegate before or afterward,


No sooner does one fan fund race finish, than another one comes along.  The following message has just came in…

The Down Under Fan Fund will send one lucky fan from North America to Australasia to attend Continuum 13, the Australian National Convention, being held in Melbourne 9-12 June, 2017. We are looking for fun, outgoing fans to participate in this 44 year old fannish cultural exchange by visiting Australia and New Zealand, meeting lots of people, attending cons, and returning home to run the fan fund for the next two years. Are you that fan? Know of anyone who is? Send your nomination to Lucy Huntzinger at downunderfanfund@gmail.com by January 22nd, 2017.”

So if you know anybody in North America you think should come down under next year them give them a prod.

FFANZ Announces New Delegate

The Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ) are very pleased to announce that the race for Melbourne has been won, and we are excited to have Lynelle Howell as our new delegate.

Lynelle has been a tireless champion of the New Zealand science fiction community for many years, and now she will be heading to Melbourne in 2017 to meet and greet with Australian fandom and share her knowledge and enthusiasm across the ditch.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Lynelle, and to all those who have otherwise supported or signal-boosted the fan funds. It is much appreciated.

If you would like to help in our mission to promote New Zealand and Australian fandom and writing and continue to strengthen the bonds between our communities, please contact the fund administrators, Dan Rabarts in New Zealand or David McDonald in Australia, to see how you can help. We’re always open to donations which can be auctioned at cons, or any other creative means of raising funds and raising awareness and keeping good things happening. We can both be found on Facebook or Twitter.