|SFFANZ aims to act as a national body separate from, but involved with,
existing science fiction and fantasy clubs. As such, it hopes to be a major part of the
structure of New Zealand fandom, enhancing liaisons between existing fan groups, providing
support for events which transcend normal club structures (such as the annual national
conventions), and providing a national voice for fandom.
By being an organisation
without a club basis, SFFANZ hopes to be able to act independently of the clubs, and
therefore the clubs will continue as they have always done, as independent entities.
SFFANZ will also organise and conduct the new national science fiction and fantasy
awards, The Sir Julius Vogel awards, and be responsible for the voting between bids to
host future national conventions. It will be an incorporated, non-profit society, and will
be run for the benefit of as many fans as possible. Membership of SFFANZ will be available
either directly or through registration for the national convention.
As an incorporated society, SFFANZ will have a tax-free status. It is intended to allow
conventions to utilise this status if they so wish. It is hoped that it will also be able
to offer loans or grants to conventions. SFFANZ will also hold a national fan database, to
provide fans with information of interest to the New Zealand fan community.
SFFANZ will contribute to the promotion of Science Fiction, Fantasy and fandom in New
Zealand by encouraging communication between fan groups, encouraging the creation of new
fan groups, being a media contact, and increasing public awareness of local fan groups and
activities. It is also hoped that there may be future advantages to fans directly from
SFFANZ is registered as a charity with the Charities Commission.The registration number
is CC42142. Registration details are available from the Charities Commission Website