Welcome to the New Zealand in 2020 website. We are running a bid to bring the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, to New Zealand in 2020. The site for 2020 will be selected by the members of the 2018 Worldcon. Between now and 2018, the bid committee will be publicising and promoting the bid to science fiction fans all around the world.
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!