COVID-19 Health and Safety

The Aotearoa Digital Arts Network 2024 Symposium is being held in a period when COVID-19 is still in the community. We ask that you respect those around you and do your part to help keep the ADA Symposium as safe as possible.

Before you arrive

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home so as not to spread your illness to others.  No one wants to get sick, no matter what it is.
  • If you are a household or close contact of someone with Covid-19 please follow the NZ government advice, undertake regular rapid antigen testing and wear a face mask at all times outside of the house. Please consider staying home to reduce the likelihood of spreading Covid-19 while asymptomatic. 
  • Personal preparation – confirm you have packed several masks and rapid antigen tests. The New Zealand government will continue to provide free Rapid Antigen Tests until the end of June 2024. Participating RAT collection sites can be found at or by calling free on 0800 222 478 and choosing option 1.
  • Know your own limits and risk thresholds.

At the Symposium

  • Do a self-health assessment every day – if you feel sick/have a fever, please do not attend. Don’t put others at risk for illness.
  • ADA strongly recommends wearing a mask in enclosed and crowded spaces. P2/N95 or equivalent masks are the most effective

Venue Air Quality Advice

  • Our main symposium venue is the Te Aro Campus of Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. Their fresh air HVAC system uses less than 10% recycled air. 
  • Our workshops take place at TwoFiftySeven. Their fresh air ventilation system is designed to accommodate 200+ people and operates by filtering the air in the space every 20 minutes.
  • Our performances take place at Vogelmorn Community. The old bowling club building does not have a ventilation system, but we will open the windows to improve the air quality.  

Outdoor eating provision

  • Attendees are able to go outside to consume their food outside at the Te Aro Campus and Vogelmorn Community

Ticket refunds due to illness

ADA will refund your tickets (pro-rata’d to the days you were not able to attend) if you are unable to attend due to illness or isolating as a close contact. Email to request a refund

ADA strongly recommends wearing masks in enclosed and crowded spaces. 

  1. Masks should be well-fitting, covering the nose and mouth, and be secure under the chin.
  2. Neck gaiters, open-chin, bandanas, or face coverings containing unfiltered valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not effective. 
  3. We highly recommend wearing P2, N95 or KN95/KF94 masks for maximum benefit to all. Otherwise, cloth/surgical type masks are ok but should be made with at least 2 layers of appropriate material and, again, should be well fitting, covering the nose and mouth, and be secure under the chin.
  4. A limited number of masks will be available at registration for anyone who might need one.

Vaccine Status 

The 2024 ADA Symposium does not have a vaccine requirement. We encourage all those who can to be up-to-date with their COVID-19 (and flu) vaccines, not only for your own protection, but for the overall safety of our attendees and for the benefit of our greater community. New Zealand residents can book their flu and COVID-19 Vaccine here

Hand Washing/Sanitizing

We encourage people to wash their hands frequently, but especially before eating. Hand sanitising stations will also be available throughout the conference space.