Be kind to others. Don’t be a jerk, and be aware that the staff and organisers do not ‘suggest’ that you knock it off.

Southern Paws will be operating as a closed site. The site will only be open to registered attendees.
While you are on site you MUST have your badge visible at all times while in open areas of the site.

General Behaviour

Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for all attendees. We ask that all attendees be mindful of their behaviour and its effects on other attendees.

During the day we require that behaviour in open areas of the site remain PG in nature. Greater leniency will be given during the evenings, however more excessive language or indecent behaviour in open areas will not be tolerated. Specific violations can include, but are not limited to: wearing unacceptably revealing clothing, openly displaying adult artwork, or indecent acts.

Furthermore, the wearing of symbols and uniforms of hate groups, or wearing of deliberately offensive clothing, is prohibited.

Southern Paws reserves the right to refuse registration to individuals who have demonstrated unacceptable behaviour at past community events. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis.


Bullying or harassment of any kind, including intimidating or threatening behaviour, verbal or physical assault, unwelcome sexual advances, uninvited physical contact, or any other similar behaviours will not be tolerated by Southern Paws.

No means no, and stop means stop. There are no exceptions to this rule. “I thought they were just joking” and “they didn’t really mean it” are not valid excuses to continue unwanted behavours.

If you have been the target of harassment, we urge you to report the incident immediately to a member of staff. The sooner an issue is reported to us, the more appropriately we can address it.

Age Restrictions

Weekend passes are restricted to attendees 18 and over. Day passes will be available to all, however, there will be some restrictions:

  • Those that are 16-17 will be allowed on site without a caregiver.
  • Those under 16 will require supervision by a legal guardian at all times.

If you provide false information, or try to circumvent the listed restrictions you will void your registration and be asked to leave the site immediately.


You will be required to present a form of photo ID if you are staying overnight. You’ll need one of the below to be able to attend the event.

  • Passport
  • Driver’s Licence
  • 18+ Card/Kiwi Access Card

People attending on a day pass will not need to show ID.

Smoking and Vaping

Southern Paws does allow smoking and vaping, but only in designated areas. There is to be no smoking or vaping indoors. If you break this rule and cause any damage, you will be charged for any costs incurred by the site.

Smokers and vapers are expected to be considerate of any non-smokers present.

Smokers must fully extinguish and dispose of their cigarette/cigar butts in the proper manner.


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.


We will not allow any drugs that are not legally prescribed or over the counter. This includes any “legal highs” or other unregulated substances that attempt to replicate the effects of restricted drugs.

All prescription medicines must be in their original containers unless evidence is provided that it is the same as what your prescription states.

Anything else is prohibited and will be reported to police.


Weapons are not permitted at Southern Paws. If you wish to use a weapon-like object as part of your costume, please contact staff in advance.

Nerf guns and soft arrows are permitted as long as they are used outdoors and only between consenting persons. You must also clean up after use.

Animals and Pets

Pets are not permitted at Southern Paws. Service dogs are permitted, provided that they are kept under appropriate control.

Service dogs must be certified as “disability assist dogs” by an approved organisation like the Blind Foundation, Assistance Dogs NZ or Hearing Dogs for Deaf People NZ.

Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals are not considered service dogs, and are not permitted

Photography and Video

Photography and video recording by attendees is generally allowed, however this is subject to common sense.

Photographers should use common courtesy by asking before taking any photos of others. Please respect the rights of anyone who does not wish to be on camera.

However, please consider that photography and video recordings are common at furry conventions, and that you may appear in media that other attendees release publically.

Press & Media

Southern Paws does not allow any media/press presence on site.

Southern Paws is a private event, taking place on a closed site. All attendees have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Any consent to the gathering of information, photographs, video/audio recordings or other materials for the purposes of publication, broadcast or other mass media use is explicitly denied.

Individuals and/or organisations in violation of this policy will be asked to leave the site immediately.

Communication and Radios

Do not attempt to interfere with convention staff radio communications.

Bunkrooms and Cabins

Bedrooms are considered private spaces. Southern Paws reserves the right for staff to enter bunkrooms or cabins for purposes such as, but not limited to, inspection, cleaning or maintenance. We will endeavour to ensure that at least one resident is present when this occurs. Attendees are not permitted to enter rooms that they are not assigned to without being accompanied by at least one resident.

All residents of a room will be responsible for any damage to a room, along with the cleanliness of the room. Due to the rooms being shared each resident of a room is expected to be mindful of their fellow residents. Behaviours that attract objections of any other resident must stop immediately. If you find yourself in a dispute with another resident and the problem can’t be solved, please find a staff member to help.

Day Pass attendees are not permitted in bunkrooms or cabins.

Due to fire safety policies, attendees may not change rooms during the event. All attendees must sleep in their assigned rooms, unless they recieve specific guidance from Southern Paws staff that they are allowed to sleep elsewhere. The same policy applies to those sleeping in cars or campervans.

While we will endeavour to place all attendees with the people that they request, this may not always be possible. We will contact all attendees with their room assignments before the event. If you are not happy with your room assignment, you must contact us as soon as possible.

Safety, Damage and Liability

Southern Paws takes the safety of all attendees seriously. Qualified first aiders are on staff, and first aid kits are available.

All accidents, near misses, or possible hazardous situations, must reported to convention staff as soon as possible.

While we endeavour to take all due care, we cannot be held responsible for the choices or actions of our attendees. Damage to Southern Paws or Waipara Adventure Center property must be reported to convention staff. Where this damage is caused by carelessness, negligence or wilful act we reserve the right to seek costs for repairs or replacement from the attendees involved.

Attendees are responsible for any property they bring on site. We will not be held responsible for any damage, loss, or theft of personal belongings.


If you have a complaint about another attendee during the event, please contact a member of staff. If you have a complaint about a member of staff, please contact one of our two convention chairs. The convention chairs are Alan/Votter and Brad/Baz. If you don’t know what they look like, you can find photos of both on our staff page. They will also introduce themselves during the opening ceremony.

If you have any complaints outside of the event, please contact us via email, at

This code of conduct was last updated 27/02/21