NZAME Conventions are Biennial (occur every 2 years) and are held in various different cities throughout New Zealand – hosted by a different Club/s each time.
(NOTE** details of the next Convention can be found at the end of this page)
***2020/21 Convention has been postponed to 2022 see details & letter from the organising Committee below***
Registration is open to all NZAME members.
Registered attendants are Welcomed at the opening ceremony on the Friday evening and the Convention continues until the Monday afternoon – with various workshops available to the registered attendants only but a vast Display, also Sales Tables area open to the public from the Saturday morning – each day through to Monday afternoon.
The AGM is held on the Saturday evening for delegates/members, generally with a ‘Moonlight Walk’ to follow.
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, and you can order lunches and dinners all at very reasonable costs.
The weekend generally starts with a short opening ceremony on Friday, 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.
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.
Another traditional and keenly anticipated event at Convention is the Roundtable 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 no more than $10 and are designed to be completed in a short time frame – it is recommended/requested that you sit down with the tutor on the day to do the roundtable workshops on-sight rather than just take kits, this ensures all registered members get a fair chance to purchase/finish a few smaller projects at Convention and is a great ‘bonding’ time also for all those involved.
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 even 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!
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!
The meals and dinners are a great way to meet fellow miniaturists and the Convention Dinner is always a special event. The 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.
There is always a main raffle as well as lots of “spot prizes” drawn throughout the three days the display and sales areas are open to the public.
The ‘in-house’ raffles are 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 members get the chance to unwind and see a little part of the host club’s surrounding town and area. This is sure to be popular so book promptly to avoid disappointment.
A longstanding tradition at Convention is the ‘goodie bag’ you receive when you arrive for registration. This is such a highlight of Convention. All 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.
Workshops at a Conventions are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis – to those who have registered for the Convention.
Once you have registered for a Convention, your workshop sheet gets sent out to you and we recommend/request you send your completed workshop form by July 31st, to the NZAME Convention hosts. This is to allow time for the hosts to contact tutors with numbers etc, giving the workshop tutors time to prepare their kits.
Workshop bookings may not be secured through the tutor. Bookings are accepted only on the Workshop Form issued to registered NZAME members.
~ NZAME’s 2020/21/22 Convention ~
Theme – A Trip Down Memory Lane
When – Labour Weekend – 21st to 24th October 2022
Where – Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand
Venue – Rangi Ruru Girl’s School
Contact – Tania or Helen at email@example.com
Once again Covid-19 has made our 2021 NZAME Convention in Christchurch too difficult to sustain due to the uncertainty around the lowering of lock-down levels, the worry about the safety of moving out of our regions, the financial uncertainty about losses for those flying, our Australian tutors being unable to attend …The NZAME Executive Committee and the Christchurch Convention Committee have unanimously decided to postpone Convention until Labour Weekend 2022 – same time, same place.
This was a very difficult decision as we will have to repeat work already done twice before. Because of all the effort that we have already put in we would really like to see it through next year, with your support.
In the spirit of “Keep calm and carry on” we would like to roll over registrations, classes, meal bookings, mystery bus trip, display information and goodie bags until 2022. We realise this may not be possible in all cases as members or tutors may not be able to attend next year for various reasons. We ask for your patience at this difficult time. All tutors are being notified and as soon as we have this information we will know better how to proceed. We may need to ask for additional tutors and workshops for 2022. If tutors are unable to come next year this may mean you will be sent your kits with good instructions if you are still registered.If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact the committee: firstname.lastname@example.org This will also mean that any other items you had ordered (workshops, meals, sales table, bus trip. etc.) will also be cancelled. You will need to re-apply for these next year. Any refunds will be processed in the order they are received, but please be patient as our treasurer is a volunteer with a full-time job and family. We have sent out this information as soon as possible so that you are able to cancel anything else such as flights and accommodation and are, hopefully, not inconvenienced too much. We thank you all for your contributions so far, and we are all looking forward to the Christchurch Convention 2022 – the Convention that keeps on giving!
Christchurch Convention Committee
Accommodation near Convention –
2020 2021 2022 (3rd time lucky!?)
BIG reminder, workshops are only available to registered Convention delegates – if you wish to order any of the following workshops you MUST be a registered delegate – contact the Convention team to get a Registration Form sent out if you require one
NOTE* Tutors attending from Australia have offered to send their workshops as kits if they are unable to travel due to lockdowns or Covid restrictions nearer the time. These workshops have been marked with a # so please note there may be a chance the tutor will not be available/on site at Convention.
REMINDER – You can click on the picture for a ‘close up’ before you order…
This year we have a range of kit-only workshops provided by Christchurch tutors (who are unable to tutor their workshops due to Convention committments) and Australian tutors who are unable to attend Convention this year due to the uncertainty around Covid and travel restrictions… but they are offering kits available for delegates, i.e. no tutoring available on these following kits….