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Access and Inclusion

Tea Party ’23 is the biggest party of the year, and we want to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. If you have any questions or specific access requirements outside of the following, please contact our events team – we shall make every effort to make a reasonable adjustment and meet your needs where possible.

You can either email events@ucsa.org.nz or call our team between 8.30am-5pm, Monday – Friday on 03 369 0555. You can also message us on Facebook and Instagram.

Our Festival Site

The festival site for Tea Party ’23 has the following features:

  • The site is flat and fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Access to the event is along a hard, level pathway.
  • The event site is predominantly grass, but we have some hard standing pathways and artificial grass – please note that these do not lead to the stage.
  • In the event of bad weather, it is likely that mud and puddles will form and this can have a big impact on how easy it is to move around the event site. Please take this into consideration when planning your day.
  • All portaloos and bathrooms on site are gender neutral.
  • There is an accessible portaloo clearly marked and located close to the stage, as well as accessible toilets inside Haere-roa.
  • Our staff members will be wearing Rainbow lanyards or pins to show our support for the Rainbow community. This represents our commitment to providing a safe and comfortable environment for all LGBTQIA+ attendees, artists, staff, and contractors.
  • We have a Chill Out Zone available away from the Main Stage that provides a lower sensory area to take a break in, with a variety of seating options.
  • At Tea Party ’23 we have our ever-popular FREE FOOD tent operating throughout the entire event. We have made every effort to include dietary options for our students – please ask our friendly team if you are unsure!


Haere-roa is the home of the UCSA, and is designed for everyone to spend time in, regardless of whether an event is on or not:

  • There are Mobility Car Parks located close to Haere-roa’s main entrance and the route to the entrance is step free.
  • The building features two lifts, one up to each half of the second story.
  • Haere-roa is visually transparent and wheelchair accessible.
  • There are several accessible toilets within the building, including in the Social Space and the Ngaio Marsh Theatre on the first floor, and in the Bentley’s bathrooms on the second floor These are all clearly marked.
  • All bathrooms within the building are gender neutral.
  • The Ngaio Marsh Theatre features a hearing loop – both passive and active.
  • The feature lights down Central Street are usually set in colours of the rainbow.
  • The stairs up to the building from campus are painted with the Progress Pride Flag.