He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tāngata - Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure
In the interests of all participants and supporters of this conference we are dedicated to creating a positive, supportive and rewarding 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.
We ask everyone involved with the 2022 NZPCN 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 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 that someone’s behaviour is not in line with our Code of Conduct, or have any other concerns about safety and wellbeing, please contact Alex Fergus, Jesse Bythell or Joanna Smith. This can be done in person, or via text message, phone call, email, or letter. You may request anonymity during this process. The person you contact will discuss the situation with a small committee to determine the next steps to take. We have established the principles below to allow us to manage any reported breaches of our code of conduct:
- We will do our utmost to be fair and impartial when investigating reported breaches
- We will act with sensitivity and discretion appropriate to the circumstances
- We will endeavour to gather as much information to support reported breaches
- We will investigate and come to our conclusions with as much promptness as the matter allows
- Where reported breaches involve illegal activity, the police will be contacted immediately
- We will comply with all relevant New Zealand legislation
- We will communicate any breaches of the Code of Conduct to all conference delegates with complete anonymity
- and confidentiality.
We wish to acknowledge the efforts of our previous conference co-convenors Heidi Meudt and Rewi Elliot in compiling a
rigorous code of conduct which we have made only very minor modifications to.
Alex Fergus, NZPCN committee member, NZPCN Conference Organising Committee
027 261 6906
Jo Smith, Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, NZPCN Conference Organising Committee
021 039 2785
Jesse Bythell, NZPCN committee member, NZPCN Conference Organising Committee
0204 003 2109