Our venue this year is The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, located at 55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011.

Play By Play will be presented in the Soundings Theatre on Level 2.

For information on how to get there please check out Te Papa’s Website.


There are five mobility parking spaces available on site – two spaces are uncovered and three spaces are under the covered parking lot close to the ground floor entrance.

Certified assistance dogs have the right to access Te Papa when assisting a disabled person. Please ensure the dog wears the appropriate coat and carries a valid ID card.

Wheelchair accessibility seats are considered reserved, please ensure that these seats are left free for folks who may need them.

The first row of the theatre will also be ‘reserved seating’ for committee members and speakers – however, anyone who has accessibility needs, no matter how small are invited to find a comfy place here.

The Green Room will be an allocated quiet space, supported by the lovely folks from CheckPoint – attendees are invited to these places any time they need a break or are feeling tired or overwhelmed. We ask that you respect others’ needs in these spaces and keep any noise to a very low register.

Level of Contact and Level of Confidence Stickers – at the registration desk we will have small, button-sized stickers that you can adhere to your badge to show others your preferred levels or methods of interaction.

If you need help with anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly volunteers. Please also feel welcome to contact our Conference Manager or Volunteer Coordinator personally or via Twitter.

Claire Barilla, Conference Manager, @c_barilla
Liam Dick, Volunteer Coordinator, @Baarados


Soundings Theatre bathrooms are to the left outside the venue near the Story Place.

Unfortunately, Te Papa’s bathrooms do annotate gender and we have not been given permission to alter these as the space is on a shared floor. However, we believe that everyone should feel comfortable; dress-human has stalls, pants-human has urinals and we want to welcome our attendees to choose whichever they are most comfortable with.

There are also dedicated gender-neutral bathrooms available on Level 5 which are accessible via an elevator to the right of the theatre’s exit, as well as gender-neutral bathrooms near the Green Room which will be marked clearly.


Please note that only the Soundings Theatre and Foyer are used for the conference – we ask that Play By Play attendees be mindful of the other museum guests.

No food or drinks are to be taken into the hired venue/s – only water is permitted.

Te Papa Museum is a non-smoking environment. Smoking is only permitted outside the confines of the building and away from the main entrance doors. All types of electronic smoking devices are also not permitted inside the museum building.

Any personal travelling items such as bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. are not allowed inside the museum. The museum has a dedicated parking space outside for these items. Personal items such as coats, bags, umbrellas, etc. can be left inside the hired venue. However, any items that are left behind after closing hours will be removed and stored at the Information Desk on Level 2 or phone +64 4 381 7000.


Te Papa offers a special day function attendees rate of $12.00 from 6am to 6pm and a special evening rate of $6.00 from 6pm to 2am the next day.

A car parking validator machine is available inside the hired venue.

Te Papa do not reserve car parking spaces for any function attendees.


If an earthquake were to occur, please stay away from windows, find cover and remain until all tremors have finished. Should the alarm go off during an earthquake, please remain under the shelter or in the venue. Follow instructions from any visitor services team members or the emergency warden.

To protect the building from earthquake, the building sits on 150 base isolators. It will sway up to half a metre which is normal. Te Papa is designed to withstand an 8.5 earthquake and is a designated civil defence centre. Te Papa would be among the safer places in Wellington in a major earthquake.


Meredith Hall

Humphrey Hanley

Sav Emmett Wolfe