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Post By JVCA. 28/02/11, 12:50 am

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The Armageddon Expo planned for Christchurch April 2nd and 3rd 2011 has been postponed due to the recent earthquake and damage to the city.

Founder and organiser Bill Geradts cannot say at this time when the event will run.

“Obviously it is too early to make a decision on when and where we’ll be able to hold the Christchurch event – but
we’ll be making that assessment when the time comes. Weare keen to be in our new home town again as soon as
possible.

“Meanwhile, we’ll be doing everything we can to help get the city back on its feet,” he said.

The Wellington edition of the festival will continue as planned on April 9th and 10th.

Armageddon is a popular expo catering to science-fiction, fantasy and anime fans. The company runs seven shows
throughout Australasia but has its head office in Christchurch.

Bill Geradts and family were in Christchurch when the earthquake hit and says that both the Armageddon office and
his home suffered extensive damage.

“We’re very keen to get stuck into the cleanup and to continue our plans for the future,” he said.
Armageddon fans and ticket holders are advised to watch the Armageddon website for updates.

We are already proceeding with the wellington event as a priority now and will have the event magazine and posters
out shortly and the TV advert out soon as well.

Armageddon is fully committed to future events throughout NZ with confirmed plans for Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Dunedin and Auckland in 2011/2012.

thanks for your understanding and support

Bill and Adele Geradts

Source: http://armageddonexpo.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=19

Sadface foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. sad

EDIT: There's this too:


Bill wrote:
Hey guys
please view the post in announcements, this will be placed on the nz site front page later today, re the christchurch event.
i know a lot of you will be disapionted, but anyone living in christchurch will know that the city is just shattered, and there is no way to hold the event at this time (also we had minor reservations about running a show called ARMAGEDDON right at the moment)
wellington will be proceeding as planned, there will be some changes, which we will announce soon.
we will also be doing the dunedin event, in june, so if you are a cosplay fan, i would aim for that, we will be looking to change the anime convention a bit to add in some elements and make it a real party for those who were hoping for christchurch.

please note that this was not a decision we took lightly, living in christchurch ourselves, this has been an exceptionally hard time for us (as it is for everyone who lives there) and while we really did want to hold the april 2/3rd event, it is simply not possible.
we may be able to hold christchurch later in the year, so we have not given up on 2011 there yet, but will not be able to confirm that until the city is better recovered.

all my best to all our christchurch fans, and everyone in the city.

yours with hope
bill geradts

Source: http://armageddonexpo.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=3118

The latter sounds a bit less hopeful... D:
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Post By Mandie_Chan. 28/02/11, 12:53 am

awwww sorry to everyone who has already bought flights >_<;

I'm sad that it's been cancelled but at the same time I'm glad that's one less set of cosplays to worry about. No power and no fabric shops open is a killer...


LOOKiNG FORWARD TO WELLY <3
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Post By Guest. 28/02/11, 12:55 am

I know some people were still holding out hope for it but I'm not the slightest bit surprised.
It's a pity though - would have been a good way for an economy kickstart.
We'll just have to make Wellygeddon extra especially awesome!

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Post By Guest. 28/02/11, 01:18 am

I was expecting this as well. Though it is a bit of a bummer, I think its for the best.

We will have to make Wellington HELLA AWESOME, just to make up for it Very Happy

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Post By JVCA. 28/02/11, 01:22 am

Mandie_Chan wrote:
I'm sad that it's been cancelled but

Not cancelled - postponed! So there will still be a chchgeddon this year (or at least, that's the plan according to that article), but yeah. Just not then, lol.

Let me just add, I am so glad I bought travel insurance. orz
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Post By Mandie_Chan. 28/02/11, 01:23 am

^lol whoops >_<; totally meant postponed guess the wrong word just got typed~
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Post By JVCA. 28/02/11, 01:24 am

I've done that before too. XD
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Post By jpwise. 28/02/11, 01:32 am

I'm pretty sure I didn't buy the travel insurance option, which is a bit irritating since it'll be one of the few times it's caught me out. Might have to look at the Visa gold stuff again, apparently you get free travel insurance with Visa Gold. :/
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Post By JVCA. 28/02/11, 01:37 am

There's the flight flexibility thing on AirNZ - http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/christchurch-earthquake-update - but unfortunately it sounds like it only applies to flights between now and 25th of March. @_@ Geddon is a week too late. I'm gunna ring and double check that though.
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Post By jpwise. 28/02/11, 01:45 am

Let me know how you get on. We were booked to fly down the weekend of geddon for just 1 night, and were on AirNZ aswell.

Also looks like Visa Gold wouldn't have made any difference. Just looked into it and apparently it only covers international travel, not domestic. sad
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Post By JVCA. 28/02/11, 01:47 am

I'm on hold at the moment. I anticipate being on hold for some time...

EDIT: The lady said that there was no extension past 25th March at the moment, but if that was going to change it would change in the next week or so, and would be made clear on that page of the website.
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Post By Rolly. 28/02/11, 09:25 am

Oh good, I think I bought insurance as well. I really do hope they can extend the dates, but then we won't know when Chchgeddon is going to be (so we don't know when to change our tickets to).

I was really looking forwards to Chch too... (KATAMARIIIIII etc)

Guess we'll just have to see how AirNZ goes next week. :)
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Post By sakura_petals. 28/02/11, 11:29 am

I'm glad that they postponed rather than (at this stage) cancelled. It means that all the hard work I put into my comp cosplay hasn't been put to waste this year. It's now just one less thing to worry about now.
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Post By firecat70. 05/05/11, 05:06 am

This was posted on the Armageddon twitter on May2:
No update on Christchurch yet, still trying to secure a venue, and bogong happens unless that's sorted
Getting ZERO help from the council, no support, no aid, nothing but small useless gestures for small events from them. Stay tuned


Things aren't looking good...


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Post By jpwise. 12/05/11, 03:40 am

OK, looks like it's back on.

http://armageddonexpo.com/nz/christchurch-ticketing-info/

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Armageddon returns to Christchurch for a different kind of event.
Armageddon Expo
July 2nd and 3rd 2011
Addington Raceway
Entry - $5.00 (no presales this year- door sales only)
(Ages 5 and under free)
This event will feature most of the mainstays of the Armageddon Christchurch event, Anime screenings, contests, Pillow fights, gaming, collectibles and more
Due to the earthquake we have had to move things around a bit and while we are seeking some guests to attend, current plans are to have no guests present at this event.
More details will follow soon

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Post By seraphik. 12/05/11, 04:27 am

anyone know if the cosplay contest will be running there? :9
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Post By Riven_. 12/05/11, 04:28 am

ahhhhhhhhhh I'M EXCITED 8D
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Post By jpwise. 12/05/11, 04:29 am

Dont' know, i'm not even sure if i can make it between flights, accommodation, and sorting out times around work..
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Post By Caddyl. 12/05/11, 04:32 am

i'm considering going WHAT IS THIS
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Post By JVCA. 12/05/11, 04:34 am

@Lucy: It said 'mainstays including contests' will be happening, so hopefully!

Hnnnghhh I have to talk to mum and Dad about this as soon as I get home - me and Alex still have credit we have to use!
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Post By HomicidalHeroine. 12/05/11, 04:58 am

$5.00 tickets make me very happy, even if the event will be a lot smaller 8D
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Post By RainbowMoonDust. 12/05/11, 08:18 am

I'm so happy that ChchGeddon is going to be on after all and $5 tickets make me even happier! Very Happy But door sales only? Not looking forward to those queues though

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Post By Mandie_Chan. 12/05/11, 09:25 am

THIS IS EXCITING~
So glad it's not the weekend after NZAE but ACTUALLY a month between the two! Really looking forward to this. It's always nice to have geddon in your own city ^_^
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Post By The Doctor. 12/05/11, 10:29 am

This is great news! Only problem is, this means I have to go fabric shopping soon, and I am still unsure as to what I will need....
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Post By Rikku. 12/05/11, 10:57 am

Hurrrrrrrrrrrrr. I've got a friend from America comin to New Zealand and Geddon is smack bang in the middle of her stay. We're road tripping. Perhaps I can convince dad to stay in Christchurch for the weekend of the con and drag at least my friend along. D8 HNNNNNG. I WANT TO GOOOOOOOO.
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