CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, will now be held in Wellington, New Zealand from 29th July–2nd August 2020, with the added bonus that it will also host the 41st New Zealand national science fiction convention, including the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.
Co-chair of CoNZealand, Norman Cates, told SFcrowsnest, “By hosting the natcon alongside CoNZealand, we can showcase work by New Zealanders not just to our local members, but also to the wider international fannish community. We acknowledge that attending CoNZealand is more expensive than attending a regular natcon. We are therefore committed to ensuring the important natcon events are accessible to all those who wish to attend.”
CoNZealand will also feature the SJV Awards for best science fiction, fantasy, and horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents.
All SJV finalists will be able to attend the SJV Award Ceremony at no cost, regardless of whether they are members of CoNZealand.
“We’re happy to be able to offer SFFANZ members and the New Zealand fan community an opportunity to attend events that are regular fixtures at our natcons,” added Norman.
The vote for hosting rights occurred at Geysercon, the 40th NZ natcon, held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Rotorua.