The New Zealand Association of Miniature Enthusiasts was formed in 1980 and now boasts over 300 members from New Zealand and overseas, with 22 individually run Clubs throughout New Zealand.
The aims of NZAME have grown over the past 40 years but their main objective stands – to promote the craft of miniature making and collecting throughout New Zealand, plus to organise the Biennial Convention (each ‘odd’ year) and be responsible for publishing a twice yearly magazine, arriving in April and in September each year.
Miniature making and collecting is an extremely fast growing hobby – not only in New Zealand but overseas as well.
Here in New Zealand many of our members and miniaturists attempt to learn and construct their own houses, shops, boxrooms, furniture and accessories. It seems we are not content to be just collectors, the thrill of actually making items – seeing them come to fruition before our eyes enhances the whole concept and hobby and brings with it a satisfaction – and indeed pride – beyond compare.
The ‘hands on’ approach is embraced by many here and the fabulous tutor training that is offered to all the different Clubs and members around New Zealand by the NZAME has bought the skill level and knowledge to high standards throughout the country.
Many Clubs and groups are also finding it encouraging the amount of younger enthusiasts that are joining us. Allowing the talents of older members to now be passed on to younger hands – ensuring the skills are not lost but live on and thrive for all to share.