Convention News –
Thanks for your work and patience & congratulations to the Christchurch Club and it’s Convention Team members !
3rd time lucky!?…

The 2022 NZAME Convention has been hotly anticipated – after having to be postponed twice already (was organized for October 2020… then Covid struck!… organized then for October 2021… again Covid reared it’s ugly head!)…
now we’re hoping to all be together and reap the rewards of the Christchurch teams hard work over these last few years over the Labour Weekend in October 2022,
from Friday 21st October for registration to Tuesday 25th for the Mystery Bus Trip!
The display and traders are open to the public on the Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Your diligence and hard work has been appreciated by us all and we Thank You from the bottom of our wee miniaturing hearts!!!
Please see contact for the Convention Team, address details for Convention/Public Display,
accommodation information &
workshop details at the bottom of this page – underneath the
About Convention information…

About Conventions –

What goes on at Conventions:
Once you have registered you will receive a pack containing all relevant forms to be filled out and returned to the host club. Once these are returned you will receive confirmation of your workshops etc, along with other information. Morning and afternoon teas are supplied, depending on where the Convention is being hosted and availability, sometimes you have the facility to order lunches and dinners all at very reasonable costs.
After arriving & registering throughout Friday afternoon, the weekend officially gets underway with a short opening ceremony on Friday evening, followed by an amazing shopping spree for delegates only. This is followed by two days of hard work for those doing some of the most exciting workshops. On Saturday night we have the NZAME AGM which is followed by a moonlight walk around the displays. Sunday night is Convention Dinner which will be themed, (more on that closer to the time).
Dress up or down, but you will have lots of fun! Monday is the day for the round-table workshops.
Majority of Convention also offer a ‘Mystery Bus Trip’ on the Tuesday,
for members to register for and attend if they wish to, a great way to see the hosting city after a busy weekend of miniaturing!

Workshops
A selection of workshops are always available at Conventions and they take place throughout the weekend.
Many talented tutors apply to tutor at Convention and many of the workshops available will have some connection to the theme each Convention… but it is not a necessity.
These popular workshops allow the delegates to learn new techniques and they vary in size, not only of the scale they are in but also to the length of time required to finish or work with your tutor – all is advised beforehand but you must always remember to book in quick as many workshops have limited kits available and are held on a “first in- first served” basis.

Round-table Workshops
Another traditional and keenly anticipated event at Convention is the Round-table Workshops. Tutors set up to teach a project at a table. Delegates can move from table to table and select the workshop/s they wish to do and sit down, completing one project before moving on to the next. Projects usually cost around $10 and are designed to be completed in a short time frame and worked on at the table with the Tutor when purchasing.

Sales Tables
Every Convention has an area set aside for Traders and miniaturists to sell their wares.
You’ve heard about the “kid being let loose in the candy store” … well this is much better! Dealers and artisans from overseas and New Zealand reside in this area and many delegates come to Convention for the shopping alone!
This area is open to the public as well as to delegates throughout the weekend, although delegates get first pickings on the Friday night when the opening of the doors resembles somewhat the Harrods sale/stampede!

Exhibition Area
The exhibition area is full of miniature displays of all shapes and sizes that have been created by NZAME members and Clubs to display. Many exhibits are unveiled here for the first time. This area is also open to the public throughout the weekend and is what we are all about… sharing and showing the treasures we conjure up from the depths of our imagination.
A highlight for all delegates is the “Moonlight Walk” where all the lights are turned off EXCEPT those in/on the exhibits and it is like walking through a magical wonderland!

Meal Functions
The meals and dinners are a great way to meet fellow miniaturists and the Convention Dinner is always a special event. The delegates ‘in-house raffles’ will be drawn at the dinner and for this reason alone, it is worth attending. There is always a ‘table gift’ for delegates who attend the Convention Dinner and these always prove to be treasured souvenirs.

Raffles/Door Prizes
There is always a main raffle offered – with tickets available to members, their families & to the public (funds raised from this raffle help fund NZAME & these Conventions & members are asked/encouraged to help sell as many as possible before the Convention – with tickets also sold throughout the weekend itself in the Traders area for attending public to purchase), as well as lots of “spot prizes”for those delegates attending – drawn throughout the three days whilst the display and sales areas are open to the public.
Delegates have the good-fortune to be able to also buy tickets in the ‘in-house’ raffles available to delegates only and these are sure to delight any miniaturist.

Mystery Bus tour
The ‘Mystery Bus Tour’ is another iconic part of our weekend. Here delegates get the chance to unwind and see a little part of the host Clubs surrounding town and area.
This is sure to be popular so book promptly to avoid disappointment.

Goodie Bags
A longstanding tradition at Convention is the ‘goodie bag’ which (as a delegate) you receive when you arrive for registration. This is such a highlight of Convention. Many of the Clubs around the country take great pride in making a souvenir gift for the goodie bag, and it’s usually a quick scuttle back to the bedroom to upend the bag/box and ooh and ah over the treasures inside!
Traders/Dealers and other generous individuals and groups often donate items for the goodie bags as well.

We Hope To See You At The Next Convention!
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NZAME Convention 2020/21/22   *** NOTE NEW VENUE***
Convention Team Contact –
(new registrations) please contact Tania Mills – 33 Liffeyfields Drive, Lincoln, Selwyn 7608 or
nzame2020convention@gmail.com 
NOTE*** non NZAME member Trading Tables may still be available = $260 and there is still spaces available for
delegates/members trading tables PLUS Friday Night Trading tables (email for costs)… please email Tania ASAP if you’re interested

Workshop Contact –
(already registered but wish to add a workshop or kit) please contact Vicki – wobbs@xtra.co.nz
Theme –
“A Trip Down Memory Lane”
Venue –
Silhouette Studios, 6 Sheffield Crescent, Burnside, Christchurch.
Date –
Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd & Monday 24th,  10am – 4.30pm. Open to public & delegates workshops.
Delegates register at venue Friday 21st, Bus Trip Tuesday 25th finishing 4.30pm.

 Accommodation options around the Burnside area – close to the venue…
NOTE- distance mentioned to venue is approximate…
also note – there is a ‘short cut’ from cafe Strange Bandit at 175 Roydvale Avenue
through to Sheffield Crescent
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We’ve listed 5 close motel/hotels in alphabetical order
& each of these offers free airport shuttles…

Aarburg Motel 
94 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch 8053
Tel:  0800 101 928 or (03) 358 8122
Email: mail@aarburgmotel.co.nz
Distance to Silhouette Studios = 800m
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Airport Christchurch Motel
55 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch 8053
Tel: 0800 800 631 or (03) 977 4970

Email: stay@airportchristchurch.co.nz
Distance to Silhouette Studios = 1.1km
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Airport Lodge Motel
105 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch 8053
Tel: 0800 A LODGE (256 343) or (03) 358 7164

Email: info@airportlodge.co.nz
Distance to Silhouette Studios = 1.1km
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Airport Palms Motel
56 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch 8053
Tel: 0800 200 529 or (03) 358 3078
Email: info@airportpalmsmotelchch.co.nz
Distance to Silhouette Studios = 1.1kms
NOTE- mention NZAME Convention for corporate rate!

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Gateway Motel
45 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch 8053
Tel: 0800 242 839 or (03) 358 7093
Email: info@airportgateway.co.nz
Distance to Silhouette Studios = 1.1km

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Convention Workshops & Kits –


Tutored Workshops….

‘Japanese Garden’
SATURDAY FULL DAY CLASS
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $98
Tutor: Kim Lineham
Skill Level: All
Learn how to design and create this fabulous Japanese garden retreat in miniature.
You’ll learn to mix and pour resin, make small realistic frogs and water lilies in FIMO, (moulds and completed items will be available for those not into FIMO), also learn the safe use of drills and miniature Micro Mark table saw.
Help will always be on hand and even beginners will enjoy making this fun and different scene.
Height 37⁄12″ , Width 4″, Depth 3212
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‘Memory Keepsake Chest’
SATURDAY MORNING CLASS or KIT AVAILABLE
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $30
Tutor: Jean Blanc
Skill Level: All
Make a simple memory keepsake chest with a flat or raised
hinged lid. Skills: mitering, paint effects, crackle, antiquing
& distressing. We will also use simple transfers from pictures.
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‘Leather Armchair’
SUNDAY FULL DAY CLASS
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $53
Tutor: Rowene Sheerin
Skill Level: All
Make a leather upholstered armchair of an ageless design,
which you can personalise to suit your decor.
A variety of colours will be available.
Height 3 12″ , Width 2 34″ , Depth 2 34
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‘Window Seat’    ***CLASS FULL***
SUNDAY MORNING CLASS
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $45 (with light pack $65)
Tutor: Alie Wakelin
Skill Level: All
Framed room box (including white frame & glass),
including shelves, window seat area, carpet, material
for blinds and window seat & picture/view.
Can be lit with two LED lights & battery pack for
additional $20 (these need to be ordered with kit).
NOTE* You can bring your own preference of carpet
& material for blinds & window seat if you prefer –
and/or a picture, photo or view of your choice –
picture needs to be 5″ wide x 3 12″ tall.
White paint available at class – bring your preference
if other colours wanted.
Height 8 1012″ , Width 12 1012″ , Depth 5″
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‘Victorian Kauri Wash Stand’    ***CLASS FULL***
SATURDAY FULL DAY CLASS
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $65
Tutor: Frances Gillett
Skill Level: Intermediate
Make a Victorian wash stand in Kauri with marble top,
tile background and mirror.
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‘Dressed Doll & Case’
SATURDAY FULL DAY CLASS
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $103
Tutor: Mavis Cheyne
Skill Level: All
Paint & cover the trunk & dress the 1 12″ doll using
silk ribbon.
Height 2 12″ , Width 1 14″ , Depth 1″
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‘Suitcases’    ***CLASS FULL***
SUNDAY FULL DAY CLASS or KIT AVAILABLE
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $63
Tutor: Catherine Mather
Skill Level: All
Learn the techniques of assembling two vintage-
style hinged suitcase made from card, then lightly
patinaed for a soft, well-travelled look. Each case
will be finished with reinforced corners, faux metal
rivets & hardware, including movable handles for
a very authentic period feel.
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‘Travel Book Nook’    ***CLASS FULL***
SUNDAY FULL DAY CLASS
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $66
Tutor: Inge Veale & Valmai Osborn
Skill Level: All
Make this book nook as a Greek scene or
customise it to your own favourite travel memory
(or wishful thinking). Come with your own ideas
& accessories to personalize it.
Height 11″ , Width 6″ , Depth 10″
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‘Owls’
SUNDAY MORNING CLASS
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $68
Tutor: Kim Lineham
Skill Level: All
Students will learn how to design and create a cute little owl in the scale of their choosing.
You will learn how to make realistic little owl feet and how to scale down and attach feathers. You will also create a little perch for the finished owl to roost on.
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‘Signs’
SUNDAY AFTERNOON CLASS
Scale: 1/12th or your choice
Cost $68
Tutor: Kim Lineham
Skill Level: All
Learn how to solder, making a shop sign in your choice of scale.
Choose from the signs available or bring your own small printouts (2 copies).
If you are not doing 1/12th scale please contact/inform Kim prior to the class.
You will also learn gold leaf skills and distressing techniques.
This class is designed for miniature-specific soldering equipment – Kim will have Cir-Kit Soldering Irons available for $55 – she strongly recommends purchasing/using these.
Please contact Kim as soon as possible on kimlineham@xtra.co.nz if you wish to order one (only available while stocks last).

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Kits Available…     
Kits can be picked up from Saturday morning at the ‘Help Desk, these kits are NOT tutored but will come with full written instructions.
NOTE *** our hosts advise there will be a room/space available during the weekend for delegates to work on their ‘kit only’ option. Many of the tutors may also be there.

‘Quarter Scale Christmas Room’   *** NEW KIT OFFERED***
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/48th
Cost $28
Tutor: Jackie Smith
Skill Level: All
A fully furnished Christmas room complete with
a decorated Christmas tree, mantelpiece &
comfortable armchair.
Height 2″ , Width 3″ , Depth 1 34
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‘Deco Cocktails’   *** NEW KIT OFFERED***
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $88
Tutor: Judy Straw
Skill Level: Intermediate
This art deco room box is all set for a cocktail party.
Comes complete with everything shown in the picture
& the picture frame is included also.
Height 9″ , Width 11 12″ , Depth 6 34
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‘Greenhouse’    *** NEW KIT OFFERED***
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/48th
Cost $65
Tutor: Vicki Taylor
Skill Level: Intermediate
This greenhouse is made from 2 layers of card with
acetate windows.
Contents include potting bench, wheelbarrow, pot
plant pots, bits to make plants & soil, planting trays,
seed packets, soil bags, wooden base, outdoor tap,
garden tools & a broom, rake & spade.
Height 3″, Width 3 14″ , Depth 4″
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‘Grinch Christmas Tree’   *** NEW KIT OFFERED***
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/48th for table, 1/24th or 1/12th for floor
Cost $11
Tutor: Dawn Raine
Skill Level: All
This versatile Grinch themed Christmas tree can be
used in a range of scales & will be a great addition
to any Christmas scene.
Height 2″, Width 1″, Depth 712″ round base
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‘Christmas Tree Room Box with lights’   *** NEW KIT OFFERED***
KIT ONLY
Scale: fits 1/48th scale furniture (see other kits)
Cost $28
Tutor: Dawn Raine
Skill Level: All
This lovely Christmas themed room box comes
with lighting, carpet & wallpaper.
all you need to complete it is green paint & glitter.
Furniture & accessories are not included.
Height 6 12″, Width 3 12″, Depth 3 12
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‘Bedroom Furniture – choose style’   *** NEW KIT OFFERED***
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/48th
Cost $28
Tutor: Dawn Raine
Skill Level: All
Kit includes 1 x bed, 2 x bedside tables plus
accessories.
Available in 3 styles Art Deco, Victorian or Southwest.
Optional extras – display box includes printed paper
wallpaper & plank flooring = $7.50
Tiny 1/48th scale reading glasses = $4
Display Box Height 3″ , Width 3 12″, Depth 2 12
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‘Living Room Furniture – choose style’   *** NEW KIT OFFERED***
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/48th
Cost $28
Tutor: Dawn Raine
Skill Level: All
Kit includes 1 x sofa, 1 x armchair, coffee table plus
accessories.
Available in 3 styles Art Deco, Victorian or Southwest.
Optional extras – display box includes printed paper
wallpaper & plank flooring = $7.50
Tiny 1/48th scale reading glasses = $4
Display Box Height 3″, Width 3 12″ , Depth 2 12
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‘Visiting Grandma’    ***Limited Spaces – email Vicki quickly***
1930’s clothing & accessories
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $83
Tutor: Catherine Mather
Skill Level: Advanced
Learn no-sew techniques for making miniature doll clothing
& accessories for a 3 12″ child doll.
Sunday-best: silk dress, cardboard shoes, net hat & gloves.
Play clothes: cotton sundress & apron, cardboard shoes,
pencils & craft books.
Dress-ups: silk tulle fairy skirt, wings, halo & wand.
Kit includes all fabrics, trims & patterns.
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‘Chateau’
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/144th
Cost $50
Tutor: Jan Stillard
Skill Level: All
A tiny chateau which comes with everything to completely
furnish it.
Laser-cut kit with 3D printed components.
Height 3 12″, Width 2 12″, Depth 1 12
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‘Church’
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/144th
Cost $50
Tutor: Jan Stillard
Skill Level: All
A tiny church which includes stained-glass windows,
furniture, graveyard & a tree.
Height 3″, Width 3 12
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‘Toy Display Shelf’
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $138
Tutor: Jackie Smith
Skill Level: All
A pre-assembled display shelf with toys, games &
books to make. Over 40 items included in kit.
Bring your own choice of paint.
Height 8 34″, Width 8″, Depth 3″
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‘Santa’s Hideaway’
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/48th
Cost $65
Tutor: Vicki Taylor
Skill Level: Intermediate
Unusual style house with 3 levels. Kit includes
the house structure, a range of wallpapers, flooring,
tiles for roof & eaves, exterior cladding paper,
exterior chimney, Christmas tree & 2 x internal
fireplace kits. Kit unfurnished.
Optional extras –
Furniture kit (15 pieces) available: $45
Lighting pack $12 (includes lights for tree &
3 x ceiling lights plus battery pack & switches.
Height 10 34″, Width 6″, Depth 3″
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‘Sweet Pea Patisserie’
KIT ONLY
Cost $168
Tutor: Shannon May
Skill Level: All
A sweet wee MDF shop/room box kit to paint,
based on a real French butcher’s shop.
Learn simple painting & aging techniques as well
as basic painting tips.
This is an easy kit to construct, Some extra supplies
needed but mostly just basics.
approx. Height 6 12″, Width 9″, Depth 9 12
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‘Couch’
KIT ONLY
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $53 fabric supplied or $38 if own fabric
Tutor: Adelaide Cann
Skill Level: Intermediate
The couch has a well-loved, faded saggy look.
A no-sew project. Kit contains step-by-step
instructions. The pre-assembled wooden couch
has a camel back with high curved side-arms &
is stained in a light brown or ‘teak’ colour. The
4 legs are turned & the front 2 legs have brass
working wheels.
Kit option 1 – the fabric piece supplied in the kit
is 100% cotton in a ‘patchwork’ pattern mix in
red-pink-blue-turquoise colourway & is in original
design by Adelaide Cann.
Kit option 2 – you will need to supply a piece of
100% cotton fabric the size of an A4 sheet of paper.
Height 3″, Width 6 12″, Depth 1 34
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‘Vintage NZ Accent Chair & Footstool’
Scale: 1/12th
Cost $58
Tutor: Wendy Lean
Skill Level: All
Contemporary accent chair and footstool covered with hand-painted fabric in a patchwork design of vintage NZ souvenir tea towels.
Height 3″ , Width 2512″ , Depth 334
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