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 scheme.
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.
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.
Zara discovered internet fandom in the mid 90's, roleplaying conventions in the late 90's, and rounded out the decade by attending Aussiecon 3 as her first SF convention. Since then, she's dipped her toe into various fannish waters, from being Layout Chick and Slushmistress on Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (as well as editing two issues) for several years, through to Newsletter editor at Interaction 2005 in Glasgow, a shortlived fanzine editor (Vile Temptress!), Fan GOH at Swancon "State of the Art" in Perth in 2008, and a committee member on the Australian Natcon Standing Committee for the last umpty years. Zara lives alone, kept company by (on average) six computers, in Auckland.
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