Published 11 issues of fanzine Worlds Beyond (October 1978-September 1980) in Dunedin, New Zealand. Other fanzines include Fission Chips (four issues 1981-1982), Godzilla's Dental Floss (two issues 1986 and 1987) and as editor of the National Association for Science Fiction clubzine Warp (issue 41, December 1984). One-off fanzines included Can't Think of a Name So We Called It This (1982).
Cardy was Official Editor of New Zealand apa Aotearapa from March 1980 until November 1983. He joined Aotearapa from its first mailing in November 1979 until November 1999, contributing numerous apazines. He also contributed a one-off apazine to Aotearapa in July 2007.
Cardy was secretary of the NASF Dunedin branch in 1979 and was a con committee member and publications editor for Octacon in 1982 - the first New Zealand Natcon to be held in Dunedin. He was FFANZ winner in 1983 - publishing trip report FFANZ for the Memories - and Fan GoH at the 15th New Zealand Natcon Silicon in 1994. He was a con committee member and publications editor for Auckland regional convention Orcon '85. In 2010 Cardy initiated plans for an Octacon (NZ) 30th reunion series of events, subsequently held in Dunedin in June 2012 and hosted by Dunedin fan Rex Thompson. For the reunion Cardy published an annotated version of his 1982 Octacon convention report Seven Views of Jerusalem.
For the 30th anniversary in 2013 of his 1983 FFANZ trip, Cardy published an annotated and expanded version of his FFANZ trip report.
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