So speculative fiction is something to do with creating a world that doesn’t exist, so how can we relate it to NZ? Doesn’t it have to be in another world / universe / plane? Here are some ideas that I have thought of.
Supernatural – we have a good source of natural material for this – ghosts haunting Larnach Castle, what happened? Why is it there? How did it get there? A strange psychic woman, who doesn’t want popularity is thrown into the deep end to investigate.
Science fiction – In the future, what would NZ look like? Would New Zealanders be able to travel to space? Would we still be the clean green country we are trying to portray ourselves, or have we become the dump for the rest of the world.
Apocalyptic and post – apocalyptic, – if a nuclear bomb went off, would NZ survive? Where would we go? What would happen to the people, the animals, would NZ be able to exist if we were blasted back to the ice age?
Fantasy – What would happen if the Maori gods had a rebellion and decided to rise up against us mere mortals?
Cyberpunk – we have some very clever hackers in NZ, who have hacked into the treasury’s mainframe, only to discover that the nations money is gone – and they are to blame… how did that happen?
Horror – a zombie serial killer is on the lose and ranging around the friendly country known as NZ, unfortunately the killer is indiscriminate, motiveless and grisly. Such violence in its attacks…
Utopian and dystopian – the government is overthrown and new order is brought in where everyone has the freedom to do what they want, when they want. What kind of chaos would ensue? Would it? How would they regroup the forces and restore peace?
Steampunk – what if steam vehicles came to NZ before the trains did in 1850’s? What if NZ invented a steam aeroplane before the flying machines were even thought of? Would we have become a nation that developed a better technology using steampower than the rest of the world? Would we have invented the first computer before the rest of the world?
Alternate history – what would NZ be like if Japan and Germany had won the war? Would we be a nation of Japanese, or would the Americans have saved us and we have an uneasy truce with Australia, who were invaded?
There are some ideas of how Speculative Fiction can include NZ, if something fascinates you, please feel free to take the idea and run with it.