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FAQs

Thanks for your patience through the recent season as you’ve no doubt been waiting to hear from us with our confirmed plans for this year’s Sistas Women’s Conference – Rise Up. You may be aware, that due to the nation’s pandemic response, our annual LIFE Conference that was to be held in April 2020 has been postponed until April 2021.

Although we are now at Alert Level 1 with no restrictions on mass gatherings, our nation’s borders are still closed as part of the government’s ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic – this means our international guest speakers and a number of Sistas delegates would be unable to travel to New Zealand.

We are delighted to be able to confirm we'll be hosting Sistas Women’s Conference - Rise Up, which will be held on 17th - 19th September 2020 in Mt Eden, Auckland! As a result, after much prayer and discussion, and in close consultation with Ps Maree, we have made the decision to combine the two conferences into one. As a result of their being one Conference (not two) this year, it does have implications if you have a Conference 1 registration in which we will be automatically transferring all conference 1 registrations to Sistas Conference, 17-19 September 2020. Therefore, no action is required by you. However, if you wish to do another option, please see below for more detail, along with our adjusted guest speaker line-up and other relevant Sistas information.

We look forward to seeing you at Sistas Women’s Conference – Rise Up, 17th - 19th September 2020. 

GENERAL

WHERE AND WHEN IS THE CONFERENCE HELD?

Sistas Conference is held from Thursday 17th September to Saturday 19th September 2020 at LIFE Central, 25 Normanby Rd, Auckland.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THE SESSIONS?

All main sessions at Sistas will be available to purchase as audio and video downloads following conference. You can purchase these here: https://sistas.org.nz/marketplace/

I HAVE A TESTIMONY FROM CONFERENCE, WHERE CAN I SHARE THAT?

We would love to hear your testimony or feedback! Please email it through to us at sistas@lifenz.org

DOES THE NZ ELECTION AND SISTAS COINCIDE?

NZ Elections take place on the 19th September which is the Saturday of Sistas. We encourage all NZ citizens and residents who are eligible to vote in advance at https://vote.nz/. Advance voting is available from the 5 th – 18th September 2020. We will be releasing more information on local voting booths closer to conference.

REGISTRATIONS

CAN I PURCHASE A DAY OR NIGHT PASS?

Unfortunately, due to capacity in our venue, we will not be selling day or night passes for Sistas 2020. Full conference registrations are available for purchase until they sell out at which point you can put your name on a waitlist for when tickets become available.

WHAT IF I MISS OUT ON PURCHASING A REGISTRATION TO SISTAS?

When Sistas has reached capacity a form will be added to the registration page for you to register your details to be added to the waitlist for a ticket, once this is done you will be notified when a ticket becomes available for you to purchase. Alternatively, all main sessions at Sistas will be available to purchase as audio and video downloads following conference. You can purchase these here during conference: https://sistas.org.nz/marketplace/

I HAVE REGISTERED BUT I CAN’T COME ANY MORE. MY FRIEND WANTS TO COME IN MY PLACE.

You are more than welcome to transfer your registration to another person. You can update the registration details through the registration confirmation link which was issued to you at the time of payment for your registration via email, alternatively, email us at sistas@lifenz.org to request this. To transfer your registration to a substitute delegate after August 20th, inform us in writing; NZ $15.00 administration fee will apply.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T RECEIVE A RECEIPT OR CANNOT FIND REGISTRATION CONFIRMATION?

Receipts and confirmation of your registration are automatically sent when you register online providing you have correctly entered your email address. To be reissued confirmation, please email sistas@lifenz.org or call 09 306 4225 to speak to a member of our team.

WHAT IF I MOVE ADDRESS?

This year we will be sending out electronic tickets via email. We will send this to the email address we have for you the week prior to conference. If we don’t have your correct or up-todate email address, you may not receive your ticket. Please email us at sistas@lifenz.org with your latest email address to ensure you receive your e-ticket.

CAN I CANCEL MY REGISTRATION?

Full refunds can be requested at any time before the 30th June. After that and admin fee will apply per ticket. ($30 Miss Sistas Tickets, $40 Adult Sistas Tickets). No refunds or cancellations will be made if the request was received after 20th August, 2020. You do have the option to transfer your registration to Sistas 2021, provided it hasn’t already been transferred from a previous conference.

CAN I STILL REGISTER?

You may still register online at www.sistas.org.nz up until midnight on September 16th based upon capacity. Due to the limited number of tickets remaining, we cannot guarantee there will be available tickets to purchase on this date. When Sistas has reached capacity a form will be added to the registration page for you to register your details to be added to the waitlist for a ticket, once this is done you will be notified when a ticket becomes available for you to purchase. We encourage you to register or add your name to our waitlist as soon as possible for your full conference registrations to avoid missing out.

MY FRIEND AND I CAN ONLY COME TO PARTS OF THE CONFERENCE. CAN WE SHARE A CONFERENCE PASS?

Unfortunately, no. Each person will need to be registered and can come and go as they are able. The conference pass always needs to be worn during the conference.

IS THERE A GROUP RATE?

Discounted Group Registrations are available for groups of 10 or more. A further discount is available for groups of 20 or more. See our registration page for details.

I PURCHASED TWO REGISTRATIONS UNDER MY NAME. HOW DOES MY FRIEND RECEIVE THEIR REGISTRATION?

You can update the details of the second ticket by allocating this through the groups booking link, which was issued to you, via email, at the time of payment for your registration. Any unallocated tickets or changes to unallocated tickets after September 10th 2020 will need to be made on arrival at the Conference.

WILL THERE BE AN ONLINE CONFERENCE THIS YEAR?

We will have an online experience of Sistas available. Details of this are still being confirmed and we will release more details in the weeks leading up to Conference.

TRANSPORT, PARKING AND ACCOMODATION

WILL THERE BE PARKING ONSITE?

We will have paid parking options available, which delegates will be notified of closer to conference and will be sold on a first in first served basis. There will also be street parking available and there are also public transport and uber options available.

IS THERE A SHUTTLE BUS?

Yes, there will be however details of the shuttles are still to be confirmed. We will have multiple shuttle options which will be available to purchase closer to conference. Delegates will be notified when these are available to purchase.

WILL THERE BE MOBILITY PARKING?

If you have a mobility sticker, you will need to have this in your vehicle when you arrive at conference. Please note there are limited disability parks so please arrive early or we are unable to guarantee a park.

IS THERE ACCOMMODATION NEARBY?

Accommodation is to be organised by each delegate however we can offer the following options:

Waldorf St Martins
1 Bedroom Apartment – NZD120.00 per room per night
Cancellation policy 48 hours prior to arrival

Quest Newmarket
Studio – NZD175.00 per room per night
1 Bedroom Apartment – NZD190.00 per room per night
Cancellation policy 48 hours prior to arrival

Cordis
Standard Room – NZD240.00 per room per night
Superior Room – NZD255 per room per night
Executive room – NZD325 per room per night
Cancellation policy 48 hours prior to arrival

Please email sistas@fortistravel.co.nz to book. Please note that all rates are subject to availability and change. A service fee of $17.25 per person will apply per booking.

PROGRAMME

WHAT IS THE PROGRAMME?

Sistas Conference is estimated to begin at 7pm on the 17th September and finish no later than 10pm on the 19th September. The exact programmes structure is still being confirmed and will be posted closer to conference. Keep an eye out on our Sistas app for more updates.

Please note details are subject to change

WHO IS SPEAKING AT EACH SESSION?

The speaker programme is not released until the conference begins. Our speakers will be at sessions via video.

GROUP AND STADIUM SEATING

CAN MY GROUP BE ALLOCATED RESERVED SEATING?

Groups requesting allocated seating need to be larger than 20 delegates on adult registrations. Please email sistas@lifenz.org to organise this.

KIDS + PRESCHOOL

WILL THERE BE A PRESCHOOL PROGRAMME AVAILABLE?

There will be a preschool programme available for children aged 1-4. Registrations for this programme are available on our website for $55 per child.

IS THERE A PARENTS ROOM?

All our conference sessions are parent friendly. That's why we have a designated lounge specifically for mums with bubs under 12 months of age. A live video link and baby-friendly facilities means that parents can participate in the sessions while looking after baby's needs.