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Enter the Armageddon Cosplay Contest for a chance to win a trip to Dragon Con 2018!!

Be sure to check out the updated rules for any minor changes below.


2017 sponsor

Brother International (NZ) Limited are delighted to sponsor Armageddon’s 2017 Cosplay Competition. We love encouraging aspiring artists and costume makers and are thrilled to partner with Armageddon this year to recognise creativity. At Brother, we’ve been making sewing machines for over 100 years that have been the foundation for many incredible creations. We’re proud innovators in our field with new technologies that enable precision finishings, interesting embellishment and the use of modern materials to bring to life complex design. We can’t wait to see this year’s designs and look forward to awarding emerging talent and creative flair with a Sewing Machine for the winner at each of the five New Zealand Events. Prizes include 1 x JA1400 (RRP $199) for each of Dunedin, Christchurch, Tauranga and Wellington and 1 x NS15 (RRP $549) for Auckland.

2017 Cosplay Judge

For almost 50 years, Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School has been the country’s leading trainer of professional actors and now also offers international quality degree qualifications in Performing Arts Management, Design for Stage and Screen (the only course of its kind in New Zealand) and a two-year – highly practical and hands-on – diploma in costume construction. Graduates of the costume diploma have gone on to work at places like Weta Workshop, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and on big budget films like Ghost in the Shell as well as WoW. In 2018, Toi Whakaari is introducing a new two-year diploma course in set and prop construction. Applications for all courses will open in June 2017.

The head of the Toi Whakaari costume construction course, Kaarin Macaulay, is proud to have been asked to judge entries in the Armageddon CosplayCompetition this year.

After completing a BA in Communications-Theatre/Media at Charles Sturt University in Australia, Kaarin embarked on a freelance career as a costumier which saw her working across Australia for resident theatre companies, big-budget musicals (including Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard) and small project-based groups. In 1997 Kaarin accepted a full-time position with Opera Australia, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with local and international designers, creating costumes for the vast repertoire of Australia’s national opera company.

In 2005 she moved to New Zealand and set up the Diploma of Costume Construction at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School which recently celebrated its 10th year of graduating students. Kaarin continues to practise her profession and has been involved in creating costumes for Weta Workshop, Capital E, the Amici Trust (Phantom of the Opera) and The Hobbit trilogy.

Awards and Prizes

At each regional event the following awards are presented:

Junior (5-12 year olds only)

Best - Certificate + $30


Best Solo - Certificate + $50
Best Group - Certificate + $50
Technical Awards x3-4 - Certificate


Best Solo - Certificate + $50
Best Group - Certificate + $50
Technical Awards x3-4 - Certificate

Best In Show

Regional Winner - Certificate + $300 + Auckland Armageddon Weekend passes (up to 5 passes) + a Brother Sewing Machine (1 x JA1400 (RRP $199) for each of Dunedin, Christchurch, Tauranga and Wellington and 1 x NS15 (RRP $549) for Auckland)
All regional Best in Shows are invited to represent themselves on stage in Auckland at the completion of the Auckland judging when the NZ Cosplay Cup winner is announced. Regional Best in Shows may also re-perform their winning regional skit.

NZ Cosplay Cup Winner

National Winner - Certificate + $500 + 1x Economy return flight from NZ to Atlanta, USA + Accommodation + 1x Dragon Con Membership*

*Conditions Apply. See 2017 Cosplay Contest Rules for details

All entrants will recieve a "Certificate of Participation"

Important Dates

Entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on the Sunday two weeks prior to the competition date. Please remember - Your costume/s do not need to be completed to submit your registration form!

Registration Closing Dates

  • Christchurch - 26th February
  • Dunedin - 5th March
  • Tauranga - 14th May
  • Wellington - 21st May
  • Auckland - 8th October

Judging and Presentation Dates

Judging - Saturday 11th March
Presentation - Sunday 12th March

Judging - Saturday 18th March
Presentation - Sunday 19th March

Judging - Saturday 27th May
Presentation - Sunday 28th May

Judging - Sunday 4th June
Presentation - Monday 5th June

Judging - Sunday 22nd October
Presentation - Monday 23rd October

Armageddon Cosplay Contest Champion chosen
Auckland - Monday 23rd October

Rules, Forms and Guides

Click to view: 2017 Cosplay Contest Rules.pdf

Click to view: 2017 Cosplay Contest Registration.pdf

Click to view/download: Cosplay Contest Construction Diary Template.docx

Please email or Contact Us if you have any questions.


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Upcoming Events

Wellington Armageddon

March 30th-April 1st 2018, Westpac Stadium
Easter Weekend
10am to 5pm all three days

Tauranga Armageddon

May 26-27th 2018, ASB Arena
10am to 5pm both days

Christchurch Armageddon

June 2-4th 2018, Horncastle Arena
Queen's Birthday Weekend
10am to 5pm all three days