Last updated: 4 March 2022

As New Zealand lives and works under the Red level of the Covid Protection Framework (‘traffic light system’) currently, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and transmission in the community remains a reality. The health and safety of our members, visitors, partners, suppliers and the wider public is of the utmost importance to us during this time of continued uncertainty. 

The New Zealand Game Developers Conference is what is known as a “controlled-access event” involving ticketing and registration; methods which enable us to control access. Such events can go ahead at Red, with My Vaccine Pass requirements as stipulated by the venue.

There may also be delegate number caps and/or distancing requirements, again as set by the venue under the operating guidelines provided by the government at the time.

Face masks may be required to be worn as we will not have exclusive use of the venue (Te Papa will remain open to the public). Event workers and volunteers may also be required to wear a face covering. 

Regardless of gathering restrictions at the time of our event, the Ministry of Health – and therefore the NZGDA – will continue to encourage our attendees to practice good hygiene behaviours and to keep a record of where they have been. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available throughout our venues.

Should the protection level change and government advice be that an event such as ours should no longer proceed in person, we will pivot to digitally-delivered content. For a Digital Conference experience we will give a 40% refund on full conference tickets. Digital links to workshops and talks (where possible) will be sent to all attendees. We will make this decision by 29th July 2022.

If you are travelling from overseas or outside of Wellington and a change in levels makes it impossible for you to reach the venue, yet the conference is proceeding in person, please send an email to with your order number to request a refund. 

The NZGDA board will monitor the situation closely as the conference approaches and update our community if our course of action changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at and we will try to respond as soon as we can.

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