The SFFANZ Committee 2014 - 2015
President: Norman Cates
Ever since I joined the Science Fiction Modellers Club Of New Zealand in the mid '80s
and attended my first science fiction convention in 1989 I've been constitutionally
incapable of not being involved in fandom. The sheer creativity of fans keeps me excited
to see what comes next. I hope that I can contribute, and encourage other fans to let
loose their creativity in all aspects of fandom.
I've been chairman of two successful science fiction conventions, ConQuest and ConQuest
2, and I've been involved with helping run a number more. It was my privilege to be
closely involved with the creation of SFFANZ, and I was president of SFFANZ for 5 years.
Secretary And Publicity: Jan Butterworth
The Secretary takes care of stuff. I am also part of the sub-committee that
administers the Sir Julius Vogel awards, checking and verifying the details of
nominations, and as the Auckland administrator for the Hatchette/SFFANZ book review
I first got interested in the Fantasy genre after reading The Chronicles of
Narnia while in primary school. I was introduced to the Auckland based SF/F
group Stella Nova in 2002 and found a group of interesting people who shared some of the
same interests I had. They also didnt think I was weird for liking to read about
elves, vampires, werewolves, and magic.
I live in Auckland, where I share a house with two people and five cats.
I look after the SFFANZ web site and make sure the information on it is as up to date
as I can manage.
I've been an SF fan for more than 50 years. There's a brief discussion of how I got
interested in it on my web site. I came
to live in New Zealand in 1981 and I got involved with New Zealand science fiction and
fandom almost as soon as I arrived. I've helped to organise four conventions and I've
twice been a fan guest of honour (though not, I hasten to add, at conventions I helped to
organise!). Over the years I've written heaps of essays about SF and other things. You'll
find those essays on my web site as well. I've won various awards for my writing -- you
can find details here and here.