Who should attend the Conference?

The conference is open to those whose work directly affects the rainbow community (including but not limited to senior leaders, OD advisors, community workers, policy-makers, etc.), along with rainbow whānau and their allies working within the public service.

What's included in the registration cost?

Your registration includes access to the event (on your chosen days), access to the ACE Event App, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea on your chosen days. 

How much is the registration cost?

The earlier you can secure registration the better, as prices will increase based on scarcity.

  • Full Registration is $375 + GST

  • Late Registration (from 10 February 2021) is $525 + GST

  • One Day Registration (either 25 OR 26 March) is $260 + GST

  • Dinner Ticket Only (25 March) $115 + GST

What are the Terms and Conditions?

You can view the full terms and conditions available HERE

If I can’t attend, what are my options?

We can substitute your registration if you are unable to attend, there is a fee of ($50.00 + GST) $57.50 to substitute.  Send us an email at or call us to confirm the substitution or phone 04 910 5473.

What are the cancellations fees?

Conference cancellations received prior to 31 January 2021 will receive a refund less an administration fee of ($50.00+GST) $57.50.  Cancellations received after 31 January 2021 will not be refunded.   



Where is the conference held?  

The CARN Conference will be held at the Parliament Building, Pipitea, Wellington 6160

What time does the Conference start? 

Thursday 25 March the programme will start at 9:00am – 5:00pm. 

Friday 26 March the programme will start at 8:45am – 4:00pm.

Where can I park?

Wilson Parking is available at the following locations that are closet to the Parliament Building.  For more information about rates visit Wilson Parking website.

  • 16 Mowbray Street, Wellington Central
  • 1 Ballantrae Place, Thorndon
  • 22-28 Hill Street, Thorndon
  • 51-57 Molesworth Street, Thorndon
  • 16 Kate Sheppard Place, Thorndon

I have an accessibility need, how do I attend?


Parliament Buildings and grounds are accessible. There are paved accessible routes through the grounds, with appropriate seating and waiting areas for visitors using wheelchairs.

Accessible routes within the buildings are sign posted to avoid stairs. The floor coverings in the buildings are linoleum, marble tiles or short pile carpet. Accessible lifts are available and have braille control panel, some lifts are also talking lifts. Accessible toilet facilities are available on the ground floor of Parliament House and in the Visitor’s Centre.

All of the reception desks are accessible and our frontline staff have undergone accessibility awareness training.”

If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have a vision impairment that needs to be accommodated, please get in touch with CARN co-chair Theresa Peters ( so we can ensure we make the Conference work for you.  Please include any impairment on your registration form so we can accommodate your needs.

Do I need to bring anything?

Make sure you bring your smart phone to be able to use the Event App, but otherwise everything you need will be provided at the Conference!

(See below for more FAQs on the Event App)

What is the dress code for the conference?

The dress code is smart casual.

As we’re being hosted at Parliament:

  • Hats may not be worn except for religious purposes
  • Close-toed shoes must be worn

Who is running this conference?

The CARN Conference is being run by a sub-committee made up of members of the CARN Network.

CARN (Cross-Agency Rainbow Network) are a cross-government group of volunteers who advocate for the rainbow community internally and externally across the public sector.

Can my community group run a stall and/or share some material (pamphlets etc.) at this conference?

Community groups that have a relevant connection to the kaupapa of the Conference will be offered a limited number of stalls and/or space to share pamphlets/informational material (depending on the specific topic).

Please contact CARN committee member Dawn Muir  ( to discuss your community group’s involvement.

What happens if we have another shutdown related to COVID-19?

We remain vigilant to the ongoing risk Covid-19 presents. 

The committee are assessing the situation at regular intervals and a contingency plan to postpone or host the Conference virtually is being planned if needed.



Why do I need to download the ACE Event App?

The App will be used in place of a traditional printed conference material.  You will have access to the full programme, access to speaker profiles, communicate and connect with fellow attendees, receive notifications from the organisers. 

Is setting up a personal profile necessary?

A profile is a requirement of the App sign-in process.  How detailed you choose to make it is up to you.  The personal profile is like a digital business card that is available for all fellow event attendees to view.  You are then free to choose who you want to connect with and possibly would want to collaborate with in the near future and start exchanging messages directly in the App.  All you need is a profile picture, a short bio and some basic contact info and you’re good to go!

When am I able to download the ACE Event App?

Once you have registered you will be sent an email with instructions to download the ACE Event App at a later date.  The app is free to download to any smart phone or tablet via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 

Tell me more about the Event App before I download it

The ACE Event App is a great way to stay connected and interact during the Conference.  It is free to download on the Apple Store or Google Play store.  Here are just a few benefits from using our Event App:

  • Interact and exchange virtual business cards with fellow attendees
  • Interaction with our speakers with live Q&A and polls with real time answers
  • Full programme and speaker bios in the palm of your hand
  • All the information you need to know about the Conference is built into the app

Registered attendees will be kept up-to-date should there be any changes to the Conference as scheduled.