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April 23rd, 2019

Payments and Shuttles

Couple of important updates. They’re small, but very important updates.

Firstly, Payments.
PAYMENT IS OPEN. At this time it is open via bank transfer from NZ accounts We are currently working on a solution for any international folk. Those of you that have booked a ticket should have received an email about this in the last couple of days. Get onto this as soon as you can.

There are still beds available.
At time of writing we have had over 50 beds booked, though we’re aiming for more.

Secondly, Airport Shuttles:
We have a Friday schedule of airport shuttles now. We’ve been working with Naghala, our driver, on getting these times sorted.
The trip from the airport is approximately 45 minutes if everything goes according to plan.
At this stage the shuttle will be departing from the airport at the following times

  • 12:45
  • 2:45
  • 4:45

This is approximately three trips. If your arrival is later than this and you have booked a shuttle please let us know. At this time it gives approximately 2 hours between departures on the shuttle. The driver of the shuttle will be Naghala.

In other related news I was recently interviewed by Patch from DogPatch Press from the USA about our convention while they were doing some research about the New Zealand Fandom. If you are interested in reading this then please take a look:
Interview with Patch about Southern Paws Con

Thanks everyone. I’m looking forward to seeing you all in less than 4 months time. Encourage your friends to come along if possible.

Thanks,
Votter

April 17th, 2019

Payments Soon & Updates

Hi Everyone

We have a new telegram announcements channel. It will be used alongside the blog, as well as our facebook page and twitter account. This will be a centralised news feed on Telegram for people who want to get all the news updates. The main news will be posted by myself, Baz or Nagahla. See below:

To join the channel, just click this link.

Just a couple of other smaller updates.
We are still looking for people to run panels. So far we have had a bunch of great suggestions from food eating contests to writing panels and fursuit tutorials. For submitting panels that you would like to run, or would like to see then please submit your ideas through the contact page here on the website.

[Update] Payments are now live!

Thanks,
Votter

March 25th, 2019

Call for Panels

Hi Everyone.

Boy it has been a very exciting week for us that are organising Southern Paws. We have already had a good number of registrations for the con. It has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm everyone has for the con.

Panel Submissions

We are making our official call for panels starting NOW.

If you want to submit an idea for a panel then please do so through the Contact us page here on the website. Please make reasonable suggestions, also include the length of time you may require for your panel

We cannot guarantee what panels will be accepted but we will take all suggestions into account when we are deciding what panels get the spots
Please note that if you require additional equipment for a panel then it will be up to you to supply it.

If you have any questions about the submission requirements, or any additional clarification then please get in touch with us through our website

Lets keep this going

Thanks,
Votter

March 17th, 2019

Update and Registration Now Open

Hi Everyone,

We here at Southern Paws want to apologise for the radio silence over the last month regarding important details such as when will tickets be available to purchase and the event schedule.

Firstly to address the elephant in the room, when will ticket purchasing go live?

There are two answers for this.
The quick answer is NOW

The long answer is as follows:
We have been trying to get everything ready. The website side of this is basically ready to go, however the bank side is where there have been hold ups for the last couple of months.
We’ve been working as hard as we can to get this ready to go. I know that it is frustrating as many of you do want to book your tickets now and pay for them soon. We understand this. We’re as frustrated as you all are.
Our original plan had been to have the tickets go live, and then have the payment options available at the same time, however due to circumstances we will be making ticket ordering available RIGHT NOW, and then as soon as the bank hold ups are finished we will be putting the payment options available.
We promise that we are getting this sorted.

Speaking of which, tickets.
Initially when we had done the maths we had done it relying on the fact that we would need to sell almost all of the tickets to be able to run the event. Looking back at that, it was a mistake. We have since reworked our calculations and found that we should base our maths on selling about 70 tickets for the event to be realistic.

So what does this mean for you?
This does mean that we do need to raise the cost a little bit. I know this is disappointing, but it is what we have had to decide. We are trying to keep it realistic in terms of our pricing.

Are we still going to do an early bird special?
We are choosing to withdraw our early bird pricing this year.

So what is the cost now?
The costs are now going to be going up a small amount to $160 for the Bunk Room and $190 for the cabins.

Is there sponsor options?
Yes. We are having two sponsor options.
We Are also offering people the chance to sponsor the event by paying an extra $30. This will get you a pass to be in front of non sponsors in the line for food, and also name in the con book.
The other sponsor options that we are adding is that there are 2 rooms a little bit further from the main hall, these each have a double bed with a single bunk bed above. The sponsors will also get first in line for food if they so choose to use it.
The pricing for the supersponsor option is $230 PER PERSON in the room. These rooms will be limited to having 2 tickets available. TOTAL. If you order these tickets then no one else will be able to select that ticket.
The Super Sponsor rooms will be available shortly after the rest of the tickets.

About Scheduling:

Scheduling for the con is being finalised, we are working through with our staff what we think is the best plan, and when the best times for various planned events would be.
We will be making a call in the next 7 days for people that want to run events or panels to send us submissions via our email if they want to run an event. If you have a good idea please do let us know and we will go through each suggestion and see what we believe will work within our means and within the spaces that we have. We have already had multiple people make suggestions.

And YES, we are planning on a dance at the con on one of our two nights.

Thanks,
Votter
Southern Paws Chairman.

February 5th, 2019

Welcome to Southern Paws!

Welcome to the official website for Southern Paws Fur Con. I know it is a bit late, but we’re up and running now. It’s going to be a bit of a sprint towards the finish line now.

Now that the website is open we have a few more details to announce.

First things first. I know all of you are waiting for the prices. We have those details ready to announce and we have a couple of options.

  • We have the option of staying in a three or six person cabin. Both of these are going to be priced at $175 after the early bird promo. You will also get to request your roommates in these rooms.
    • There are four of the six person rooms
    • There are 16 of the three person rooms.
  • The other option for the weekend is a 15 person bunk room for $145. This IS a shared room with no walls between the bunks.

All of the room options include meals for the weekend, including all meals on Saturday as well as breakfast on Sunday. They also include access to the con, and all activities that will be included for the weekend.

There will also be a Day Pass option, however details for these will be announced at a later date.

We are also going to be organising a van from the airport to the camp site as well, however there will be a final trip time that is being decided and announced soon. The van will be an additional $20 for both ways, to and from the airport.

We will be having a dealers den/artist alley on site. If you wish to have a table in the den then it will cost an additional $10 for the entire weekend.

The list of confirmed activities for the weekend is as follows:

  • Confidence Course
  • Water Slide
  • Flying Fox
  • Archery (Limited spots, sign up at check in)
  • Air Rifles (Limited spots, sign up at check in)
  • Panels
  • Artist Alley (Small Additional fee for a table)
  • Access to a large field for use by all.
  • Dance/Disco

We will be making a call in the upcoming weeks for anyone that wishes to either run a panel or activity. We will be going over each of these individually and deciding which ones will be selected and run over the course of the weekend, and what time slots they will be in.

Thank you for reading. We just have a few minor things to get out of the way.

We welcome furries from all over New Zealand and beyond.
I want to thank all of you for your patience while we got this up and running.

And a GIANT thanks goes to Kap for helping us with everything to do with getting this website up and running. If everyone can give him a round of thanks that would be great.

If there are any issues please contact us using the contact form

Regards,
Alan (you might know me better as VoicedOtter)
Co-Chairman of Southern Paws Furry Convention