Te Pūnaha Matatini Code of Conduct

As a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence comprised of members from diverse backgrounds, organisations, and lived experiences, we are committed to the open exchange of ideas, freedom of thought and expression, and respectful debate. These require a community and an environment that recognises the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters inclusion, dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and embraces diversity.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone engaging with Te Pūnaha Matatini and our communities, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, nationality, language, or religion – and not limited to these aspects. We are a collaborative research community dedicated to cooperation, civility, and respect, and do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language or imagery is not appropriate for any conference or event venue, including talks, workshops, social events, and other Te Pūnaha Matatini-funded, sponsored, or organised events. Participants at a Te Pūnaha Matatini event violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the organisers or the Te Pūnaha Matatini Strategic Leadership Group.

Harassment and hostile behaviour are not welcome at Te Pūnaha Matatini. This includes speech or behaviour (including in public presentations and on-line discourse) that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person’s participation or opportunity for participation in the community or event. Te Pūnaha Matatini aims to be an environment where harassment in any form does not take place, including but not limited to harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, colour, national origin, ancestry, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc); sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour.

Participants or members asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.


It is the responsibility of the Te Pūnaha Matatini community as a whole to promote an inclusive and positive environment for our scholarly activities. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed (active bystander principle), or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Te Pūnaha Matatini Strategic Leadership Group, or, where appropriate, a member of the local event staff or event organisers.

We value your, and everyone’s, participation in the Te Pūnaha Matatini community and at Te Pūnaha Matatini events. Your support will help keep our community and our events a safe, welcoming, and friendly space for all fellow participants!

Protocol for conflict resolution


  1. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed (active bystander principle), or have any other concerns, please immediately contact a local event organiser, a Te Pūnaha Matatini member you trust, or a Te Pūnaha Matatini Strategic Leadership Group member.


  1. If you are at a meeting or other event, find an event organiser or a member of the Te Pūnaha Matatini Strategic Leadership Group. They will assist you. These parties will help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment and will help them to feel safe for the duration of the event.
  2. If you have been harassed via email or social media, you may send emails or screenshots to tepunahamatatini@auckland.ac.nz


  1. The Te Pūnaha Matatini Strategic Leadership Group will require anyone engaging in harassing behaviour to cease immediately or face expulsion or other sanctions.
  2. Those sanctions can include reporting to the individual’s organisation, and supporting the victim in making informal or formal complaints via that organisation’s processes.
  3. If an incident results in corrective action, then Te Pūnaha Matatini will support those harmed by the incident, both publicly (where appropriate) and privately.
  4. If any individual encounters problems or issues attempting to help a victim of harassment while following our anti-harassment policy and protocol, they are encouraged to engage with the Te Pūnaha Matatini community and Strategic Leadership Group for clarifications and/or to seek revisions. We are very open to revising any part of our policy or protocol if needed to ensure a safe and welcoming community in which harassment is not tolerated.

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