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March 8th, 2021

Early Bird Pricing, Shirts, and Reminders

Happy March everyone!

We are drawing closer to con, under two months now. It’s always great to see excitement building up as we get closer to con. We have a couple things to announce today.

Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon

Sadly it is almost the end of our early bird pricing. This does mean that once it is over the prices for registration will go up to the normal price. The prices will be changing at 11:59PM on Friday, the 12th of March. You still don’t need to pay right away - as long as you register before midnight on Friday, you’ll have locked in the cheaper price.

As a small aside we have been able to work out some details and we are able to put together a slightly cheaper price for the normal price. The pricing will be as follows.

$395 per person for a standard ticket
$365 per person for the bunkroom.

This is an increase of $20 over the early bird pricing. Day pass prices will not be changing.


We have those now. In fact we have two of those now. We also have hoodies this year as well. You can see the designs for them in the banner image that we have for this post. These will be available very soon. The design has been provided by our great artist Inka.

Merch will be on sale later this week at the following prices:
$45 for a shirt.
$120 for a pull-over hoodie.

These will be picked up upon arrival and sign in at con. There will be a number of colours and sizes available for the shirt and hoodie.

Reminders and other information

We also have a number of reminders to get through as well:
* We are still asking for volunteers to help us serve meals and wash up after meals
* We are still accepting panels and activities for those of you that want to run them
* If you are on a shuttle and are on telegram then please get in touch with Nuggets as she is organising the shuttles. (Only 5 PM is left for the shuttle, with 8 PM being available with prior discussion with Nuggets)
* We still have day passes available for those that want to come for a day, but not the entire event.

We hope to see everyone at con at the end of next month.


February 24th, 2021

Panels, Dealers Den, and Volunteering

Hey everyone, me again.

Got a couple things to talk about today, though that’s probably given away by the title of this blog post. We have a few ways you can get involved with the event and we’ll be going through all of those in this post.

First up!

Dealers Den

If you want to be a dealer in our Dealers Den this year and didn’t tick the box on the registration details then please email this and we can add it to your notes

Panels and Events

Like every other fur con we have various panels and events available. If you’d like to run a panel or activity at the event, then go take a look at our get involved page and fill in the form linked under the Panels and Events section.


Running a con is hard work. But we love doing it. Sometimes running a con means that we need help from you in the community with various tasks during the event. If you want to help out then we could do with some help when it comes to serving food during various meals, or helping us clean dishes after the meals.

If you want to help out with that then please take a look at the form linked under the volunteer section of the get involved page.

Go to Get Involved

And finally, the amazing art on this blog post was created by @GaelicNox!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Waipara at the end of April.
- Votter,

February 17th, 2021

Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Southern Paws 2021! It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point, and we’re very lucky to be in one of the few countries in the world where an event like this can be held safely.

For a very quick overview of what we’re offering, see the following infographic!

If you’d like to go ahead and register for the event, hit the button below. If you’d like more information, read on!

Register Now

If you’d like to read more about this years event, you can find all of the details we’ve released so far on our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also check out our Code Of Conduct if you’d like to know more about any specific policies.

To chat with us and other attendees, you can join our community Telegram group. There’s over 90 people in there, so you’ll have plenty of people to chat to about the event. If you have any questions for our staff, you can use our contact page, or message us on Facebook.

And finally, a quick shoutout to two of the artists who have helped us out this year. Inka made the awesome bit of artwork we have on our homepage, and GaelicNox made the new bit of art you can see above this post! You’ll also be seeing this art on our Facebook and Twitter pages in the future.

From everyone on the Southern Paws team - We look forward to seeing you in April!

February 16th, 2021

Day Passes

Hey everyone.
I know that we only just recently announced the day passes but we already have an update for you. In this post we have a bunch of information, prices, events you can see, and also some limitations

Day Passes will be available for either Saturday, Sunday, or both days.

A day pass for a single day will be $65
A double day pass will cost $115

What is included in a day pass?

Day passes will include access to all the regular activities/panels, Lunch and dinner, and your choice of either air rifles OR archery.

What are the limitations?

The day pass will allow you onsite from 9AM and you must vacate the site by 7PM. Breakfast is not included with a day pass. You will also not be able to attend the dance, as it will be outside of day pass hours.

Also like other tickets you must let us know if you have any dietary requirements before the event when you make your booking.

We cannot wait to see you there in two and a half months.

  • Votter

February 12th, 2021

Things to Know + Registrations Soon!

We’re almost ready to start opening registrations and have a few updates to share. We’ll have more information available over the next few days, but this is what we can share with you now!

Opening and Closing Times

Attendees will be able to show up on-site any time after 2PM on the 30th of April. If you show up earlier, we might have a spot to wait outside, but 2PM is when you’ll be able to enter the camp. You’ll have to be packed up and off-site by 11AM on the 3rd of May, so we have time to get the site clean and tidy for the next group.


We will be operating a shuttle service from Christchurch International Airport to the site again! This service will cost $25, both ways. The shuttles will be running approximately every two hours during the shuttle periods. The times available for the shuttle service are listed below. These are the times that the shuttle will depart, so please be ready by the time noted if you’re getting a ride.

Friday - From Airport

  • 1:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM
  • 5:00 PM
  • 8:00 PM

Monday - To Airport

  • 6:30 AM
  • 8:30 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM

Day Passes

We will be offering a Day Pass option this year. We will release information about these before registration opens.

Alcohol Policy

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to allow alcohol at the event this year, after working with our site on a set of rules that we were both happy with.

  • Attendees will be able to bring a maximum of 15 standard drinks for the whole event.
  • Drinks will have to be signed in at registration and tagged by staff.
  • Drinks will be stored by us (the convention staff) in a fridge that won’t be accessable to attendees.
  • You can come and ask us to get one of your drinks if you’d like one.
  • If you’re noticeably intoxicated, we won’t be able to give you any more drinks.
  • Drinks will only be given out between the hours of 7PM and 11PM (we can’t give out drinks while day pass attendees are on-site)

In addition, we have some limits on what drinks are allowed. We are able to allow the following drinks:

  • Standard single-serve bottles (or cans) of beer, cider, or RTDs.
  • Small (airplane-sized, single serve) bottles (or cans) of wine.

All drinks must be in their original (retail) containers.

Don’t get drunk. If you’re intoxicated you will be put in a safe place until you sober up, and you will not be able to consume any more alcohol for the rest of the event.

If you have any more questions, please email us.

And finally…

When are we opening registration?

Registration will be opening at 7PM on Wednesday the 17th of February!
(five sleeps to go)

February 1st, 2021


This year, we decided to shout out a few of the awesome artists who are making and selling themed custom badges for Southern Paws. We could talk more about them - but it’s easier to just show you! So here we go.


From the artist:
Hi I’m Inka :3 these are the badge comms I am doing for con. $20 each, with choice of species, and hat and jacket colour. Here are some completed examples :) my turn around time is a couple of hours to half a day!

You can contact Inka by messaging @InkaMoonDog on Telegram


From the artist:
Haeyyo I’m @haeviary! I’m offering my badges for $35. Badges will be laminated with a ring. Can be mailed or handed at con and come with matching PDF file. All species welcome and edits can be made.

You can contact haeviary by messaging @Haeviary on Telegram


From the artist:
SP21 Con Badges by @Kephelion
- $45NZD each
- YCH any species
- Choice of colouring (clothes, laser, banners etc)
- Male/female options
- Name at the top of the badge
- Hand delivery at con, includes laminated and lanyard (send a digital file also)

You can contact Kephelion by messaging @TKComs on Telegram


From the artist:
Hey hey! My name’s Emete! My badges cost $60nzd per character, and are double sided printed, laminated, and come with their own lanyard!
I can do a different character per side, but please keep in mind that the cost is per character, not badge!

You can contact Emete by messaging @Gaelicnox on Telegram

Granola Rookanga

From the artist:
Might as well throw my own hat into the ring with these badges! Wanted Poster badges for $15 each, with a sketch of your sona, your sona’s name, and a tagline of your choice on the bottom!

You can contact Granola by messaging @granolarookanga on Telegram

Kittyraa / Insert Fur Here

From the artist:
Hi I’m kittyraa
Southern paws con badges
$45 single side
$60 double side
Any colour suit and name

You can contact Kittyraa by messaging @kittyraa on Telegram or emailing kittyraa@live.com


From the artist:
Hi, I’m Eddie, the artist of ToxicSoda (https://twitter.com/T0xicSoda), these badges cost 30USD at a base price though talk to me if you want minor changes to the background. you will need to provide a reference for the character and a reference or description of the outfit (or leave it up to me.) they will be printed out and lamanated, if local you can pick them up or I can send them via mail (you pay mailing fees.)

You can contact Eddie by messaging @BasilEisen on Telegram

## Nera

From the artist:
I will only be doing a few slots (at least for now). Any further openings will be more expensive.
50NZD, any outfit (though targeted at the theme is preferred) and any pose! (frame and background are the same though).
Bank Transfer only

any further updates on closure or extra slots will be on Twitter: @ferrilol

You can contact Nera by messaging @NeraChoccoDoggo on Telegram or @ferrilol on Twitter.

January 18th, 2021

2021 Pricing Announcements

Hi Everyone.

I know it has been a while, and I know a lot of you have been eagerly waiting for the prices to be announced for Southern Paws 2021. We wanted to wait until after the new year and holiday period before announcing as we know that a lot of you have extra expenses during that time of year.

The prices for 2021 are as follows

  • Cabin Registration: $400 per person is the base price, but we are offering an early bird price of $375 per person. You’ll share a room with 2 or 5 other people, so plan your groups now!
  • Bunkroom Registration: $370 per person, with an early bird pricing of $345 per person. You’ll share a larger bunkroom with up to 15 others. You won’t get to pick who you room with.

We know that this is more expensive than anticipated by many of you, unfortunately this is largely out of our control. The reasons for the price increase are three fold:

  • Change of time of year is an increase in price as it is peak season for the site due to the warmer weather
  • Longer con, extending the con by a day to be Friday-Monday instead of Friday to Sunday as we, and many of you, believed it was not long enough
  • The site has also increased their prices as well

The costs listed above include accommodation for the entire event, all meals and activities.

We wish we could get the prices lower, but unfortunately that is not possible.

In addition to the prices listed above we will also have a sponsor option that will help keep the con running for future years as well. It is an additional $25 on top of the main ticket price. It will get you a badge that is different to a standard badge, as well as front of line access at meal times.

As per 2019 we will also be running an airport shuttle for $25 per person, this includes a ticket both to and from the site.

We will be opening Registration in mid February for early bird pricing, then normal ticket prices from mid March. In the sign up form there will also be an option to run for panels and an option for shuttles from the airport to the site.

Please start looking into organising people that you want to bunk with ASAP as that is an item on the sign up form.

Southern Paws Fur Con chairman

November 5th, 2020

Announcing Southern Paws 2021!

Hi Everyone.

So it has been a while since well anything has been said about Southern Paws. We know it has been a rough year for most of us, especially those of us with family and friends overseas. Hopefully we can bring some good news.

We will be running Southern Paws in 2021. We will be running it from Friday the 30th of April to Monday the 3rd of May. YES - this does mean we are running it as a longer 4 day/3 night event next year so we will have an extra day at con this year.

The event will be taking place at the same site we were at in 2019 - the Waipara Adventure Center. We have been working on plans for the last few months, and we’re happy that we will be able to run an event next year. The site has been very good in terms of communicating with us and helping us with what we need to know. Right now they have given us the go ahead for the convention next year.

We’d like to announce the theme for next years event is…

So get out your long coat and hat and holster those laser pistols. We’re off to explore the wild, lawless frontier… the final frontier! For a few examples of the theme, think of Firefly, The Mandalorian, Cowboy Bebop, and other similar media.

If anything important changes, we promise to let you know. Pay attention to our various social pages and this blog for any future updates. You can find those below:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SouthernPawsCon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southernpawscon
Telegram: https://t.me/SPFCAnnouncements

We are excited to see everyone at Southern Paws in April next year and we hope you can come.
We will be making more announcements for things like prices, panel calls and the like over the next couple of months.

Con Chairman