Information

Who is the conference for?

Just Action is aimed at ordinary Kiwis and visitors, those who want to explore what social justice means in today’s world and how they can get involved. Speakers are experts in their field as activists, faith leaders, academics, researchers, and writers, many with varied international experience. It will appeal to those of faith as well as secular people of all ages. If you’re under 16, you’re most welcome to attend but you’ll need an adult to make your booking and accompany you.

 

What will I get out of attending?

The conference will appeal to those who want to discover the background to social justice, reflect on its implications for today, and learn new community organising skills, as well as make new friends and build your networks.

 

What’s the programme looking like?

The programme offers a range of thought spaces, opportunities to reflect with experts, and learn the how-to of social justice activism. The programme will be updated on this website and our Facebook page.

 

Will there be chill out spaces?

Yes, there’s going to be spaces for you to relax, reflect, write your thoughts and insights to share with others, pray, make friends, and renew your commitments.

 

Are there speaking, volunteering, or other ways to participate in the conference?

There are opportunities to volunteer to help run the conference (eg registration desk, greeters, etc) as well as opportunities to have your agency put up a stall. You are very welcome to explore how you can participate with us. Please contact Vanessa or Vincent at social.policy@salvationarmy.org.nz for information. We warmly welcome all inquiries.

 

What are the access facilities if I have additional needs?

The venue has level street access from the Vivian Street entrance and a lift to all floors. There are access-friendly toilets too. The conference language is English and, sadly, we will not be able to provide materials or speakers in other languages or Braille. We are exploring childcare options – watch our Facebook page for updates. Wellington is gradually improving its access across the city – information to help you plan your visit can be found here.

 

Will there be Wi-Fi at the venue?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide Wi-Fi at the venue. There is free Wi-Fi all around Wellington – go to cbdfree to find out more. The airport also provides free Wi-Fi, look here for details.

 

Why are there several ticket options?

There is a ticket option for those who are unwaged (retirees, students, those on benefits); a standard ticket (with an Early Bird option until 31 July 2019); and a Benefactor Ticket for those who would like to donate $10 to encourage the attendance of an unwaged person. By having a range of tickets, we hope to make the conference available to as wide an audience as possible.

 

What's the refund policy?

We do not provide a refund for purchased tickets.

 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your ticket to the conference and keep it with you at all times.

 

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your ticket to another person. Please contact us on social.policy@salvationarmy.org.nz to update the Guest List.

 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket doesn't match the person who attends?

No, you need to contact us at least 3 working days in advance to have your ticket transferred to another name.

 

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the venue?

Wellington is served by an international / domestic airport (8km to venue), a domestic train station, and domestic bus service (both 2km to venue). The venue can be accessed by buses from these locations – please visit Metlink to explore Wellington’s public transport. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or Uber to the venue (around $25-$30). If you’re driving into Wellington, the city is served by State Highways 1 and 2 (SH1, SH2) - Google Maps is a great place to plan your journey. You can rent a car from various companies at the airport.

 

Is there parking at the conference venue?

Unfortunately, there is no parking at the venue. However, there are numerous parking options close-by – check out Wilson Parking for options.

 

Hospitality and food info

Food will be provided during the conference and The Salvation Army’s fair-trade coffee company, Hamodava, will sell delicious coffees, teas, and hot chocolate on site. There are numerous food outlets in close walking distance from the venue especially along the picturesque Cuba Street which is pedestrianised. If you plan to stay in Wellington for a few days, there are many hotels, B&Bs, and AirBNB options. Check out the visitor website for more info and for tourist activities. The venue is smoke-free. The Salvation Army is a temperance organisation so there is no alcohol available at the conference and you are requested not to bring any to the venue.

 

What will the weather be like?

Wellington is windy! And sometimes colder than other places when the southerly winds blow. And the weather can change dramatically at the…well, drop of a hat! It’s likely to be within 8o to 15o degrees Celsius with a good amount of rain at the time of the conference, so bring an all-weather coat – umbrellas tend to fly away in the wind! Keep updated on the weather with the Met Service.

 

Languages, money, safety

Wellington is generally safe but you are advised to take normal travel precautions when out and about. The police are incredibly helpful if you need assistance – dial 111 for emergencies ONLY or 105 for non-emergencies. Many countries have embassies in Wellington should you need support – you can search for yours here. Many languages are spoken in New Zealand so you should be able to get by even if your primary language is not English. The currency is New Zealand Dollar with an exchange rate of around NZ$1 = US$0.70.

 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at social.policy@salvationarmy.org.nz – Vanessa and Vincent will be happy to answer any questions you may have.