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

Southern Paws Con 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:

Southern Paws aim is to give all attendees a safe and fun environment to enjoy themselves for the weekend of the event. We ask that all attendees be mindful of their behaviour in open areas of the site.
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.

Age Restriction:

The following age restrictions are in place for Southern Paws Con:

  • Full Weekend Registration is limited to to those above 18
  • Day pass registration will be open to anyone, however those under 16 must have a guardian with them.
  • 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

Harassment and Assault:

“No” and “Stop” mean “No” and “Stop”
Harassment is in no way tolerated by Southern Paws. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Behaviour that intentionally annoys, alarms or injures another person, either physically or verbally.
  • Inappropriate behaviour or unwanted advances
  • Uninvited physical contact.

If you feel harassed or threatened please contact a staff member.

Smoking and Vaping:

Southern Paws does allow smoking. Vaping is permitted, however only in designated areas. There is to be no smoking or vaping indoors. If you cause any damage to the site or if the cabins require additional cleaning you will be sent the bill.


We will be permitting alcohol under the following circumstances:

  • No more than 10 standard drinks for the entire event.
  • Must be in its original container.
  • All alcohol above the limit will be confiscated.
  • Any mild to severe intoxication will not be tolerated and if you are intoxicated you will be put in a safe place until you are sober

Illegal Substances:

We will not allow any drugs that are not prescription or over the counter. 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. We will not allow any illegal substances.


Weapons are not permitted at Southern Paws Con.
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.


Pets will not be allowed at Southern Paws Con. Guide dogs, and other disability assistance animals are permitted, but we may ask for evidence of this. Please contact Southern Paws staff upon registration if this applies to you.

Photography and Video

Photography and video recording by attendees is generally allowed, however this is subject to common sense, courtesy and consent of those being photographed and recorded. Where consent is denied the photography or recording must cease immediately.
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.
We ask all other attendees to please respect the privacy or others when making public posts or comments.

Bunkrooms and cabins:

Bedrooms are considered private space. 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 are expected to be mindful of their fellow residents. Behaviours that attract objections of any other resident must cease immediately.

Day Pass attendees are not permitted in bunkrooms or cabins.

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 on site.

All accidents, near misses or hazardous situations must reported to convention staff in the first instance.

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

Attendees are responsible for any property they bring on site. Southern Paws cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of personal belongings.


During the event complaints must be made directly to staff to ensure timely resolution. Complaints about any Southern Paws staff must be made directly to the head organisers only. The head organisers will then deal with the staff issues internally.