Aotearapa NZ SF&F Amateur Press Association (Apa)

Who are we? Well, put simply we’re science fiction fans who also have some creative talents which we put down on paper and send out for others in our group to read.The Apa encompasses a wide variety of interests in the SF&F (Science Fiction and Fantasy) community.

Think of it as a slow motion news group. 8^) How does it work? Simple. You need to produce two pages every two months, photocopy your conTRIB “X” number of times (currently 11 copies required - that is 11 members copies and two copies to hand out to interested persons.), post this ’TRIB off to the Editor before the due date (the first of the month - every second month), then wait for Dan to return to you the latest “Stew”

Wo’s a “Stew”? I hear you ask? Below is a sample of the latest “Moa Bone Stew” Number 148 for mailing Number 149 (Don’t ask - yes, there was a mailing number zero...) The stew outlines who has contributed to the mailing, the name of their contribution and how many pages they have produced.

How much does it cost? Well, I’m glad we got around to that. If you live in New Zealand, it’s not going to cost too much at all. No matter where you live, the mailing will only cost you your photocopying/printing costs plus postage. For members in other countries such as Australia, Canada and the USA, the postage rates are higher, but with the rate of exchange (especially to the Americas) the exchange rate makes postage all the more attractive (!). A word of warning, don’t just send in your creative works with out any monies. As this is a non profit group, the sole costs are postage and photocopying the stew. There are NO handling costs, you retain any copyrights on your own work.

. Last update on Monday, January 03, 2005 by the webmaster.

Keep scrolling down the page for more weird and wonderful info.

Moa Bone Stew 151

Mailing 152

Next mailing due: days ’til January 7th, 2005.
Note, 11 copies required

Nicholas Smeaton will accept contributions for this mailing until 01st of January, 2004 (at which point he will continue to accept mailings).
Apan Contrib Title Pages Total
James Dignan amoeba
Ye olde silver anniversarie statystickal round up
Simon Greenfield 3
Andrew Ivamy
Tim Jones The Longford Gazette Volume 5, No. 1 8
Dan McCarthy Panopticon 26
McCarthy’s tested Gut Traces 23
Nicholas Smeaton Nickronomicom 76 3
Rex Thompson
Moa Bone Stew

Bylaws of Aotearapa

  1. Dues are $5.00, replenished when the balance falls below $1.50
  2. Page count (minac) is 6pp per 3 bi-monthly mailings (6 pages/six months) in as many identical copies as the OE deems necessary (Currently 11 copies for the 11 members) for distribution to the members. Membership limit is 34.
  3. Deadlines are January, March, May, July, September and November on the 1st of the month. An extension of minac will be granted to a member if the OE is informed of reasons by letter, phone [or e-mail] before the minac deadline.

NB: Aotearapa is a regular collation of correspondence as defined in its constitution for circulation to it’s membership and is not within the ISSN/ISBN scope.

(’cause Murray said so).

Next mailing due: January 7th, 2005. Note, 11 copies required

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Get to know the Authors...

James Dignan

Simon Greenfield

Andrew Ivamy

Andrew IVAMY’s pet project at the moment is the Planet Ezfind directory.

Tim Jones

My first collection of short fiction, consisting of 12 stories, most 
of them SF, has just been published by HeadworX Publishers in 
Wellington. I had hoped to bring copies to OdysseyCon, but the book 
wasn’t ready in time. Therefore, I am looking for other ways to 
publicise the book to SF fans, especially those in Auckland. Martin 
Kealey advised me to send the information to this address. Can you 
distribute it to Stella Nova members?

Further information about Extreme Weather Events, including a cover 
image and sample story, is available at

Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Tim Jones

TITLE		Extreme Weather Events
AUTHOR		Tim Jones
PUBLISHER	HeadworX Publishers
FORMAT		Paperback, 110x176mm
EXTENT		124 pages
ISBN		0-473-07387-0
RRP		NZ$19.95

DISTRIBUTOR:	Addenda Limited
		PO Box 78-224
		Grey Lynn

AVAILABILITY:	Available in, or by ordering, from NZ bookshops. In 
case of difficulty, see for further 
information about ordering the book.

Extreme Weather Events is the debut book of stories by Tim Jones.

The stories in Extreme Weather Events take place in a past just a 
little different from the one recorded in the history books (“The
Pole”), in the corporate present (“Black Box”, “The New Land”), in 
cyberspace (“The Temple in the Matrix”), and in the future (“The Kiwi
Contingent”, “Maria and the Tree”). They find a home somewhere in the 
uncharted region bounded by science fiction, horror, and magic 

About the Author

Tim Jones has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, 
including The NeXt Wave (1998), Extremes (USA, 2000), and in Boys’ 
Own Stories (2000) and the 100 NZ Short Short Stories anthologies 
from Tandem Press. He lives in Wellington and divides his time 
between writing, being a husband and father, and maintaining web 

Printed with permission.

Michael Smeaton

Nicholas Smeaton

Rex Thompson


Get to know the past members of Aotearapa - click here


What on Earth is this? Below are some statistics which shows who has done what in the group. As you can see, some of our members have been in the Apa for a very long time, while others have literally just joined. The first set of statistics only show the current members, not the past members, while the following set of stat’s show all members as at Mailing 150. Next update Stew 175.

Depending on how much or how little you contribute, every one can be ranked on the “Dignan apan ranking index” using a “ghodawful formula” ™ which is very VERY complicated, yet is able to judge your ranking based on number of contributions, number of mailing you are a member and number of pages contributed...

The following are different styles of presenting the stats, occasionally, they will be inaccurate due to the Authors work/social commitments. As such, they are sometimes not accurate and should not (in any case) be taken as official.

  A C D                 E   F   G   H   I   J        K          L

 50 * Dan McCarthy	m 129 113 136 780   6.047    1.225	 1
 74 * James Dignan	m 106  87 107 683   6.443    2.683	 2
 34 * Tim Jones	        m 12   66  80 652   5.054    3.000	 3
 43 * Rex Thompson	m 148  68  72 443   2.993    3.334	 4
 89 * Nicholas Smeaton	m  87  76  84 431   4.954    7.266	 7
 88 * Andrew Ivamy	m  88  52  69 394.5 4.483    9.950	 9
 95 * Simon Greenfield	m  79  55  69 350   4.430   11.619	12
102 * Michael Smeaton	m  68  45  47 367   5.397   13.248	15

  •   A - apan number
  •   B - former apan number
  •   C - Current apan (Denoted by an asterisk)
  •   D - Apan’s Name
  •   E - male/female/partnership
  •   F - Number of mailings in which apan was officially a member of the apa.
  •   G - Number of mailings to contain contribs from apan
  •   H - total number of contribs by apan
  •   I - total number of pages by apan
  •   J - pages per mailing of apa membership (I F)
  •   K - Dignan apan rank index.
  •   L - Rank position of all apans according to K
  • L1 - Notes
  • L2 - Number of pages to reach 1,000 pages (1,000 - I)
  • L3 - Number of years to reach 1,000 pages (L2 J 6)

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You can email the outgoing editor Dan McCarthy for more information

All statistics on this page were originally compiled by Nigel Rowe (to mailing 60) and James Dignan. (To mailing 120)
Andrew IVAMY added the latest stats for completeness since “The Great 20 year statistical round up.”.
Andrew has “no intention of taking over the compiling of the Apas stat’s”.


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