You may not realize this, but the main reason SpecFicNZ exists is because people wanted it to.
People wanted it to and instead of just leaving it at that, those same people decided to get up off their writerly bottoms and do something about it.
And behold, a national speculative fiction writers organization came into being like magic. Viola!
Well, no. Not exactly like that.
The real truth is that for the last 2 years plus, those people have been meeting through forums, and chat rooms, and sometimes in person to navigate together all the details, and hoops, and nifty contortions it takes to run a professional association. Sometimes that has been really fun and inspiring, other times- not so much (don’t even ask us about the PayPal thing:).