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This page records some history of the North Shore Wargames Club, and of New Zealand wargaming in general.

North Shore Wargames Club

The club started in 1977 meeting in a church hall on Calliope Road near the naval base in Devonport. We then moved around a bit including halls in Belmont, Takapuna, Mairangi Bay, Castor Bay, Forrest Hill, and in early 2018 returned to our old location in the Mairangi Bay scout hall. There has also been the odd hiatus between relocations in the eighties. We have hosted the Nationals Wargaming Tournament and the North Island Wargaming Tournament.

The club originally met on Saturdays, of course that was in the Old Days before we had such things as work on Saturdays or even weekend shopping. We changed to Sunday meetings sometime in the early 80s, but the exact date eludes me for now. In 2005 we changed our meeting schedule so the club now meets on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of every month (previously we met on alternating Sundays.) This was done in part to synchronise our meetings with those of the Auckland Wargaming Club, who meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

The club became an incorporated society in 2003.

The club has had several websites in the 2000s,and this website was launched in September 2011. In May 2005 our club established a Yahoo group.

Probably the most significant wargaming event to be held in New Zealand was the World Individual Championship held in Wellington on 24-27 February 2011.

National Conventions (Natcon) and North Island Conventions (Nicon)

One of the earliest events was reported in the magazine Battle for Wargamers (Vol. 5, No. 9, September 1978, p.373).
Warboard '78
The above meeting, the New Zealand North Island Wargaming Convention, was held over the Easter break in Auckland. 95 competitors attended, some travelling over 1,000 miles from the South Island. This was the largest gathering of wargamers yet held in New Zealand and titles in Ancients, Renaissance, Horse and Musket, Napoleonic, World War II, and World War II naval were contested over the four day period of the convention.
In addition to the trade displays, at which it was pleasing to see New Zealand manufacturers represented by Kiwi Models, there were a number of very successful display games organised. Particularly successful was a large Napoleonic battle, with maps on blackboards, a running total of casualties and an indication of the status of each unit, and a running commentary for spectators. The Auckland University Students Union cafeteria proved to be an excellent venue for what has been described as the most successful convention yet held in New Zealand.

This list is by no means complete and still needs some work.
Let us know if you have any information that will help fill in the gaps

1975 Natcon Wellington
Lower Hutt Venue
1976 Natcon No national event this year    
1977 Natcon Kapiti
There was a good representation of clubs at this event, and it was decided that Natcon would be held annually at Easter, and would rotate around clubs from both islands.
1978 Natcon
"Warboard '78"
Auckland University Students Union cafeteria
1979 Natcon Nelson Nicon Porirua
Viard College

There were NiCons at Tauranga and New Plymouth in the early 80's - exact details to be confirmed.

1980 Natcon
"Call to Arms"
Lower Hutt Venue
Nicon? Lower Hutt?
1981 Natcon Christchurch Nicon Hastings
1982 Natcon Wellington
Lower Hutt Venue
Tauranga Boys College
1983 Natcon Palmerston North    
1984 Natcon Nelson    
1985 Natcon Auckland    
1986 Natcon Wellington
Victoria University Venue
1987 Natcon Christchurch    
1988 Natcon
Palmerston North Nicon
"Northern Militaire"
1989 Natcon Wellington
Lower Hutt Venue
1990 Natcon Christchurch    
1991 Natcon Wellington    
1992 Natcon Palmerston North    
1993 Natcon Wellington
St Patricks College Hall
1994 Natcon Christchurch
Canterbury University
Nicon Hamilton
1995 Natcon
"Levée en masse"
Palmerston North Nicon New Plymouth
1996 Natcon
"Over the Top"
Hamilton Nicon North Shore
Auckland University Venue
1997 Natcon Auckland Nicon
"Judgement Day"
St Patricks College Hall
1998 Natcon
"Call to Arms"
St Patricks College Hall
"Terms of Endearment"
1999 Natcon
"Return to the South"
Christchurch Nicon Hamilton
2000 Natcon Hamilton Nicon Hutt
2001 Natcon Hastings Nicon Tauranga
2002 Natcon Christchurch Nicon North Shore
Rangitoto College hall
2003 Natcon
"A Bridge Too Far?"
North Shore
East Coast Bays Leisure Centre
Nicon Palmerston North
2004 Natcon Upper Hutt Nicon Tauranga
2005 Natcon Christchurch Nicon
"Friendly Fire"
2006 Natcon Hamilton Nicon
"Nicon in the Naki"
2007 Natcon Upper Hutt Nicon Cambridge
2008 Natcon Christchurch Nicon Palmerston North
Massey University Events Centre
2009 Natcon Hamilton
Melville High School
Nicon Hawkes Bay
Napier Boys High School
2010 Natcon Hutt Club
St Patricks College Hall
Nicon Tauranga
Cosmopolitan Club Mt Maunganui
2011 Natcon Christchurch
Woolston Workingmen's Club
Nicon Hamilton
2012 Natcon Hamilton
Hamiltons’ Fraser High School
Nicon Auckland
2013 Natcon Hutt Valley
St Patrick's College, Silverstream
Nicon Napier Wine Country Generals
Napier Boys High School
2014 Natcon Christchurch Nicon Tauranga
Club Mount Maunganui
2015 Natcon Auckland
James Cook High School Gymnasium
Nicon Thames
Thames War Memorial Civic Centre
2016 Natcon Dunedin and Upper Hutt
Historical competitions were held in the Hutt.
Nicon Hamilton
2017 Natcon Woolston Working Mens club, Christchurch Nicon Pakuranga College, Auckland
2018 Natcon Cosmopolitan Club, Hamilton Nicon Napier
2019 Natcon Kapiti Nicon Whanganui

This page last updated 9 June 2018