2019 Conference Code of Conduct

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata—Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure

In the interests of all participants and supporters of this conference, and as guests of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, we are dedicated to creating a positive, supportive and rewarding experience for everyone involved in this conference.

We aspire to a fulfilling conference experience for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, status, disability, physical appearance, political affiliation or technology choices. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

We believe everyone has an obligation to contribute. Here we have outlined appropriate and acceptable behaviours expected at the conference. We aim to influence helpful and constructive outcomes from the conference, and for everyone involved to feel supported to make positive choices, manage risk and have a great experience.

Everyone has a responsibility to speak up when there is, or could be, a situation that may breach or lead to a breach of this Code, or the law (see below for contacts).

We ask everyone involved with the ASBS-NZPCN 2019 Joint Conference to:

Look out for one another and contribute towards a safe environment where people are treated with dignity and respect, feel comfortable and encouraged, feel their opinions are valued, and can speak without fear.

Be conscientious about how your actions and comments might be perceived or misunderstood by others.

Be mindful of how you use social media, remembering the internet is a public place and we can’t control how long something will remain on the internet, or other people’s access to the content.

Aspire to perform at your best while attending the conference. Please refrain from using or abusing alcohol, or any other drugs, that could prevent you from being at your best, or that could create a dangerous situation.

Have zero tolerance for unwanted verbal or physical conduct (sexual or otherwise) or degrading and disparaging statements related to race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, status, disability, physical appearance, political affiliation, technology choices, and other categories protected by the law.

Support the use of Treaty of Waitangi principles — ‘partnership, protection and participation’ — and te reo Māori throughout the conference.

Embrace and value diversity so all people involved with this conference feel supported. We believe diversity of people and ideas inspires innovation, can provide alternative insights and perspectives, and help lead to our collective successes.

Be mindful of behaviours or comments that intimidate, create discomfort, interfere with a person’s participation, or reinforce social structures of domination (related to race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, religious beliefs, physical appearance, age, status, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability) or that might be construed as an abuse of power.

Thank you for helping us to create a memorable and rewarding conference experience.

What to do if you feel that the behaviours outlined here have been breached.

In the event that you feel you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns about safety and wellbeing, please contact a member of the organising committee.

We will respond or facilitate a response to all incidents reported at the conference promptly, and with discretion and confidentiality.

The conference organisers and Te Papa staff reserve the right to bar any person who disregards the behaviours expected at this conference from attending the conference in its entirety or in part, and/or to cancel the registration or membership of the person without refund.


We would like to acknowledge the organisations and websites below for helpful advice when writing this code of conduct: