The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand Event Code of Conduct

The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand (AHSNZ) events bring together people from around the world who view human health and lifestyle choices from evolutionary perspectives. These people value the wisdom embedded in our diverse ancestries as human beings.

Our Event Code of Conduct outlines our shared ideals and values, and participation at an AHSNZ event is subject to the Code of Conduct. This document expresses how we hope to make these ideals real at our conference and other events. Our goal is to ensure that all participants can freely and openly share ideas in a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment that encourages and inspires mutual respect and collaboration.

Bringing the community together

AHSNZ would simply not exist without its community. We want all attendees at our events to have a great experience, both in and out of formal conference sessions.
The purpose of this document is not to restrict the diversity of ideas and expression in the Ancestral Health community; rather, it is to raise awareness of the potential for actions that could alienate valuable members — and potential members — of the community.

We are considerate

The AHSNZ International Symposium is an international event that attracts diverse people from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. We acknowledge that cross-cultural communication can often be complicated and encourage everyone to consider both the impact of their actions on those with different backgrounds and experiences and the honest intentions of those who may have unknowingly caused offense.

We are welcoming

One of the greatest strengths of the Ancestral Health community is our inclusiveness. Making all attendees feel welcome and included at AHSNZ events is everyone’s job.

We are respectful

Volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants should strive to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their culture, religion, physical appearance, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

We are collaborative

If and when misunderstandings occur, we encourage people to work things out between themselves whenever possible. People are encouraged to take responsibility for their words and actions and listen to constructively-presented criticism with an open mind, courtesy, and respect.

When we disagree, we consult others

If people are unable to work out issues between themselves, they are encouraged to seek the advice of a mutually trusted third party or to contact us to help mediate.

When we need it, we ask for help

We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form, whether at the conference or during the months leading up to the conference. If you feel threatened or violated as a result of intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, please immediately notify an AHSNZ staff member. Likewise, please immediately notify a staff member if you notice that someone else is being subjected to such behaviour.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. The AHSNZ team wants everyone to feel safe for the duration of our events. If necessary, event staff are empowered to take appropriate actions that may include, but are not limited to, warnings, barring attendance at events, expulsion from the event without refund, and referrals to venue security or local law enforcement.