Welcome to Ross's FFANZ page. For those of you who donít know it, the Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand was established in 1982 to encourage closer ties between fans in Australia and New Zealand.
The two countries play host to trans-tasman guests on alternate years. FFANZ exists solely thorough the support of fandom and the candidates are voted for by interested fans throughout the world. Money raised from votes, donations and sales are what enable the fund to exist. FFANZ relies on the continued interest and generosity of fans to ensure its future.
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ). FFANZ in 2013 will send one New Zealand science fiction fan from New Zealand to the 2013 Australian Natcon, Conflux 9 in Canberra from 25-28 April.
Prospective candidates will have until February 10th 2013 to file the documents required to have one's name placed in nomination and added to the ballot.
The ballots will be published and distributed in late February, and voting will run from February 28th - March 12.
Candidates should file the following documents:
firstname.lastname@example.org for New Zealand fans
email@example.com for Australian fans
Edwina Harvey was unanimously voted to be the 2012 FFANZ Delegate. This means she travelled from Australia to attend unCONventional.
Announcement of new Australian Delegate. Congratulations to David Cake, the Australian FFANZ delegate. Read more here.
Barbara & Peter Clendon are the New Zealand FFANZ delegates. If you want to know more about them, you can read this.
As part of making this site a proper resource for Trans-tasman fandom I plan to include some information for fans travelling to Australia and New Zealand. It is not about the places, its about the fans you can get in touch with during your travels. Here is my attempt at a New Zealand page. And thanks to Rose Mitchell here is the Australian page.
So what is the future of FFANZ? One of the possibilities discussed was that maybe an ambassador programme of some sort might be the way forward. At this stage, nothing has progressed on this.
Disclaimer and clarification - despite the similarities of the acronyms, FFANZ and SFFANZ are not affiliated in any way.