Health & Safety

Covid-19 Considerations

Newtown Festival will go ahead if Wellington is in Alert Level 1 only. Please do not come to Wellington if you are coming from or passing through a region with a higher Alert Level and Wellington is not your place of residence. If Wellington is in Alert Level 2 or higher, Newtown Festival will be cancelled.

At the festival, please keep your phone handy, turn on Bluetooth and be ready to sign in to Newtown Festival’s NZ Covid tracer QR code. This can be found online and onsite. Hand sanitiser is available at all of our 22 recycling stations and at the street sports. Hand washing facilities are available at the 5 toilet trucks. Check out our Google map for facilities and information. You are welcome to bring your own mask and hand sanitiser.

Please stay home if you are feeling sick, and get tested if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Please practice good hygiene at the festival. More information about Alert Level 1 can be found at

General Expectations

Our ideal festival is a festival that is free from harm of any kind including verbal, physical, sexual, and environmental harm.

We ask that everyone who comes to Newtown Festival is courteous, patient, and respectful of other people, cultures and perspectives, food, property including equipment, and the space and environment. Everyones’ attitudes and energy should be positive and at the very least lends itself to an atmosphere where harm is not welcome. Your presence at this event is reflective of you, your business, as well as our event and the Newtown community. We value everyone helping us create a fun, safe, inclusive and sustainable event for all.

Please drink water, remain sober while working, wear hats and sunblock, use reusable containers and keepcups, place waste in appropriate bins, check in with a buddy regularly so they know where you are and how you’re doing and vice versa, and help others if you are able to.

Incidents & Support

Prove the bystander effect wrong! But make sure you are safe before putting yourself at risk. Focus on observing behaviour generally, checking in with friends, whānau and peers, diffusing any situations early, and being mentally and emotionally prepared to step in. Harm can be physical or verbal. Prevent, monitor and intervene in situations using light/positive language that aims to de-escalate situations without the need for confrontation.

Some tips:

  • Maintain a presence with respectful communication
  • Separate those involved, and use the Chill Zone if needed
  • Distract and keep interaction light and non-accusatory
  • Delay by asking simple questions
  • Call out harmful behaviour directly
    • “That’s not funny”
    • “That’s not okay”
    • “That crossed the line”
  • Delegate and work as a team

Support someone by encouraging their control of the situation by:

  • Lending an ear to whatever they would like to say
  • Believing their experience
  • Affirming it is not their fault
  • Validating their emotional response
  • Checking safety
  • Offering some water
  • Taking them to find a transport option
  • Asking what they need
  • Using the Chill Zone (Newtown Community Hall, 71 Daniell St)
  • Providing access to further support

If any situations require further assistance, please make contact with the Newtown Festival team immediately.


For any urgent issues, please text or call 027 NEWTOWN – 027 639 8696 or visit 6 Constable Street (Kia Ora Newtown) so a specialist team member can coordinate a response. The police are also stationed here to be able to assist with emergencies.

For less urgent situations, you can approach a festival marshal in hi-vis, or go to The Chill Zone at 71 Daniell St.

If it is an emergency, please call 111, and/or inform the festival team who may be able to coordinate a faster response.


If you experienced or witnessed an incident at Newtown Festival, you have the option to report the incident during or after the event by filling out this form:

Newtown Festival Chill Zone

Newtown Community Hall at 71 Daniell St, Newtown
10am – 10pm Festival day

All welcome to The Chill Zone, a safe and neutral low-sensory environment for people to rest and recharge away from crowded areas. Water & refreshments, accessible toilets, arts & crafts, yoga mats available. The Chill Zone is located just outside the festival boundaries, on Daniell Street, close to the Constable Street/Daniell Street intersection, opposite the Medifoods. Daniell Street runs parallel to Riddiford Street and can be reached from any side street off its east side.

Newtown Festival will have briefed staff/volunteers looking after the space, who will remain positive and helpful throughout the day, can monitor mood and energy levels, provide support as best they can, and know who to contact in situations where assistance is needed.

Time Out at Newtown Community & Cultural Centre

Newtown Community & Cultural Centre, corner of Colombo St & Rintoul St
10am – 4pm Festival day

Need some time out? Hang out at the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre to recharge so you can get back out into the Festival. Water & refreshments, accessible toilets & baby changing table, and puzzles & mindfulness colouring available.

Further Support

Sexual Violence Services

Wellington Rape Crisis04 801 8973
Wellington Sexual Abuse Help Foundation
(24/7 phone support)
04 801 6655
Youthline0800 376 633
free text 234
Wellington Sexual Health Services
(provides medical care after sexual assault)
0800 188 881
Evolve Wellington Youth Service04 473 6204
VIBE Hutt Valley Youth Health Service Lower Hutt04 566 0525
VIBE Hutt Valley Youth Health Service Upper Hutt04 528 6261
Family Planning Wellington04 499 1992
Family Planning Porirua04 237 8895
Family Planning Lower Hutt04 569 5025
Hutt Valley Sexual Abuse Support and Healing
(24/7 phone support)
0800 22 66 94
Women’s Refuge0800 REFUGE
(confidential phone service for male survivors)
022 419 3416