The League of Victorian Imagineers

are delighted to announce the genesis of the first New Zealand Steampunk Short Film Festival at the 2011 Steampunk: tomorrow as it used to be exhibition.





2011 "Steampunk: tomorrow as it used to be" exhibition is underway!

Opening 15th October
Closing 27th November
The Forrester Gallery,
Thames St., Oamaru

What are you going to enter?

More information here

we need to know so we can find space to put it 

Click here for expression of interest form

 We are likely to have an overflow situation this year.  in order to help the Forrester Gallery staff to find the best space for each exhibit we need to let them know some details.There will have to be a selection process and other exhibition sites have been found. 
The good people at the FORRESTER GALLERY will treat your art work like the sacred object that it is.



Was an awesome event! There is a group that are formalising steampunk in Auckland  we shall have a thread going here very soon - today!


And The North Otago Motor Group Supreme Winner of the Steampunk NZ 2011 Fashion Show is :


 Richard McWha with Rose the Animated Wife, modelled by Catheryn van Zyl

Well done Richard!

other winners

Well, What a success that was! Look at this


 And the ball was a sell out!


We have had our heads down planning and preparing for the Fashion Show and Gala Ball.  It is coming together. Have a look at this article!



Newstalk ZB Easter Egg Road Trip passed through Oamaru  on Good Friday and stopped off to talk to the Steampunk crowd. Pictured with Julia Bloore from Newstalk ZB are from the left Honey (Helen Wilson) Barbara Chapman, Bryce Taylor, Lady Helen Steampunk, Agent Darling and Julia Bloore. Photo taken by Sam Bloore Newstalk ZB.


Competition 1

The Golden Oldies Rugby Festival is happening Sept 30 - October 2 2011

TWO things: Who will join us to create a steampunk XV


We want a Steampunk rugby uniform. A competition to design that uniform and add the necessary Victorian sci-fi components. The team must be able to play in it safely. $300 prize and entry into the Steampunk Fashion Show on 4th & 5th June 2011. Contact Lady Steampunk lvi@steampunknz.co.nz

2 Radio Design competition: to celebrate 100 years of radio in New Zealand Radio New Zealand are having a competition to design a radio to reflect an aspect of NZ heritage. What would we come up with?


2011 Fashion Show and Gala Ball tickets available now
Proceeds to Christchurch Earthquake

We have some wonderful sponsors for the event:

Weta Workshop: Weta Cave prizes for catagory winners and supreme winner

North Otago Motor Group - the Supreme winner $750 cash prize, trophy

Anaro Group - Inventor/Scientist Catagor: Winner $500, runner up $200

Fat Sally's - Adventurer Explorer: Winner $500, runner up $200

Ray White - Audience Choice: Winner $500, runner up $200

Frog Prince and Jessie Robinson's - Chilidren's wear: Winner $500, runner up $200

Other Catagories will be posted as they come in.

 Judges: We are delighted to welcome back Kim Beaton (nee Graham) from Weta workshop, of weta legs fame, with her husband Warren who is also one of Weta Workshops top designers, Agent Darling and a new judge this year and one with enormous experience in these events, Heather Paterson who runs the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.

We are very grateful to Pen y Bryn Lodge for hosting Kim and Warren for the weekend.



Latest News Flash!

A Weapon of Mass Distraction

has been reported in the pages of

The Otago Daily Times

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 March Steampunk Swap Meet.

Sunday 27th March.

Smith's Grainstore, Tyne Street, Oamaru.

Come to the March Steampunk Swap Meet and buy an interesting dodickey from this chap!

Once again, Mortimer Merriweather, that intrepid ballonist inventer, will be displaying a treasure trove of steampunkable items.
From 10am till 3pm we will sit around discussing all things steampunk, have a cup of tea and eat some german pastry.

Come along. Everyone is welcome.




Agent Darling and Lady Helen Steampunk attend the Trust Power Community Services National Awards in Tauranga next weekend 18th March. We shall keep you posted!

"There are some fantastic projects by some amazingly dedicated people from all over New Zealand. It is a privilege to have been selected to share the podium with these outstanding citizens," says Lady Helen.

February Swap Meet went well.

Sunday 27th February, at Professor Damotimus Tipotus'  Libratory, 10am to 3pm.

Upstairs at the Woolstore, Tyne Street, Oamaru, New Zealand.

Along with the usual fun and games Andrew Cook from Hobby Hub came to visit. He will be brought a display of the exciting steampunk table top war game Dystopian Wars and taught a few of our budding young steampunkers a few neat tactics and had two forces fighting a battle right before our eyes. 

Romance Rewound brought up their exquisite array of  jewellery and had a reasonably successful afternoon with several sales.

 Visitors came from Oamaru and Dunedin especially to join in the swap meet and then went on to visit the Giant Robot which is nearing completion round at Smash Palace.



WOW sensational results! The Oamaru Mail and SteampunkOamaru.co.nz SteampunkHQ train competition was judged last Friday. Absolutely inspirational. Well done folks.

Here are the results: Winner Sonia Cullimore

The judges were unanimous in their decision. Sonia showed great creativity and included all elements of Oamaru and the Victorian science fiction genre.

Highly commended:

The Judges were very impressed by the high standard of all the entries and had a great time choosing the most outstanding entries.

Candy Pereira

Greg Plunket

Lance Streeter

Leonie Todd

Lorraine Adams

Lisa Storhannus

Paul Baker

Syd Lawson


Great Fun had by all at first Steampunk Swap Meet for 2011

 The Rocket Powered Elevator Shoes

The first Swap Meet for 2011 was full of fun with many local Steampunks turning up to show off their latest creations and chew the fat on all subjects steampunk. Prof.Damo wore his recently created Rocket Powered Elevator Shoes that proved popular with all, not least his son who asked often for just one more trip to the moon.  Neave R Willoughby visited with reports from the Shaky City and brought along recently discovered fossils for us to view. People from all over New Zealand and the world stopped for a chat and a giggle.

Keep your eye open for the next Swap Meet date. You can come along and discover what Steampunk means in Oamaru and how it can bring fun into your life.

 Alex the KidAlex the Kid, who are featuring at the

Steampunk NZ Gala Ball on June 5th,  have released their 

music video shot in Oamaru at the the Penguin Club.

Take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa5e9COBTb4

Pass it on! 



Fashion Show designers: workshops at the Star and Garter Cafe, Itchen Street, Oamaru, every 2nd Sunday of the month. Next meeting is the 13 February from 2.00 - 5.00 pm.

Come, bring your sewing machine and share your ideas, find some inspiration, help others and have fun.

See you there.


Here Comes The Bride!

Danny and Leonie couldn't resist this opportunity for a photo or two.


Lady Helen, La Faloconesse, here,

A very splendid and productive New Year to you all.

There is plenty to look forward to; what have you got planned? Include the Steampunk Fashion Show and Gala Ball on 5th June in Oamaru.

Are you feeling creative this year? Enter a garment

Come and see the show and join in the Gala Ball.

Tickets are now available

For further information contact:

Lady Helen falconesse@steampunknz.co.nz


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