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What are the dates for Armageddon 2021?
The 2021 events are scheduled as follows:
Wellington Armageddon Expo 2021 - 17/18th April
Christchurch Armageddon Expo 2021 - 29/30th May
Tauranga Armageddon Expo 2021 - 12/13th June
Palmerston North Armageddon Expo 2021 - 14/15th August
Auckland Armageddon Expo 2021 - 22-25th October

When will tickets go on sale?
Tickets for Palmerston North Armageddon will be on sale through Ticketek on July 1st

Can I buy tickets at the gate on the day?
Yes, there will be gate sales available to purchase on the day

Will there be any guests at Armageddon?
Due to the covid-19 epidemic, there is still currently no way to have physical international guests attend any of the 2021 due to quarantine rules and travel restrictions.
Faced with this issue, Armageddon has created an all new experience for all of our events that is unique to NZ… A Virtual Guest experience with a live audience.

What does a ‘Virtual Guest’ mean?
For all of our 2021 events we will be hosting a wide variety of celebrity TV and Movie stars, Animation voices and more on the events stages, with the guest beaming in from overseas and on to massive screens on the events stages to interact with attendees and our stage host directly.

This will allow fans to have the full celebrity experience, ask questions directly and interact in real time with stars from all over the world.
This will also allow Armageddon to bring guests who we could not normally host, due to either filming or time restrictions, opening up a massive variety of talent far beyond what we could normally offer.

Due to the nature of the virtual guest, we will not be announcing the event schedule for each event until 2 weeks before each event as we will need to work in with international time zones and filming schedules, which will be a bit trickier than our usual schedule arrangements.

Each Virtual guest will only be appearing for ONE, one-hour panel at each event, making each day unique, but also making each panel a must have.

ADDITIONAL (non-virtual) THINGS TO NOTE…
Unfortunately, this does also mean that we will not be able to offer the same Autograph and Photo opportunities as we have done in the past.

What is your refund policy?
If the event is postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all tickets purchased will remain valid for the new dates. For current ticket holders who are unable to attend their rescheduled show, refunds are also available. Guests appear virtually health and work commitments pending. Armageddon reserves the right to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programs, prices, venues, seating arrangements and audience capacity.

Regarding ticketing refunds from the Ticketek website:

  1. Ticketek will only offer a refund or exchange of a ticket if an event is cancelled, rescheduled or significantly relocated by the Seller (and you cannot or do not wish to attend the rescheduled or relocated event), or to the extent otherwise required by law (including the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993). You must apply for a refund within a reasonable time. Ticketek does not offer refunds or exchanges as a result of a change in your personal circumstances.
  2. If an event is cancelled, rescheduled or significantly relocated by the Seller, to the fullest extent permitted by law all liability is limited to the amount for which the ticket was purchased (including any fees or charges). Proof of purchase may be required for any refund or exchange. To the fullest extent permitted by law neither Ticketek nor the Seller will be liable for any other losses incurred by you as a result of the cancellation, rescheduling or relocation of an event, including any travel and accommodation expenses.
  3. Ticketek will only replace lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets if the authenticity of the ticket can be verified, including proof of purchase, and if you give reasonable notice before the event. Ticketek may charge a reasonable fee for the replacement of tickets. Ticketek may not replace tickets where seating is unallocated (general admission tickets).

Regarding ticketing refunds from the iTicket website:

ITICKET generally cannot issue refunds or exchanges after a ticket has been purchased. Please be sure you choose your tickets carefully and agree to the terms and conditions of sale before confirming your purchase. If an event is cancelled or postponed without a raindate being offered, or a refund is required by law, liability is limited to refunding the ticket price only. All other fees and charges are non-refundable.

 

Palmerston North Armageddon 2021 FAQs

Where is the event?
Central Energy Trust Arena, 61 Pascal Street, Palmerston North 4410

What are the show times?
Saturday 14th August - 9am to 5pm
Sunday 15th August - 9am to 5pm

What kind of parking is available?
There is a large complimentary car park on site however space is subject to availability.

Mobility Parking is available directly opposite the front entry of the Arena in the main car park. Only vehicles with the appropriate Mobility Pass will be allowed entry.

For more information on getting to the venue, head to https://venuespn.co.nz/attending/ 

What kind of public transport is available?
Getting around Palmerston North is easy with a compact CBD, a regular bus service and a network of cycle lanes.

Palmerston North's central business district is centred around a large central reserve known as The Square. All CBD precincts are within walking distance of each other.

Horizons Regional Council runs bus services in Palmerston North. Bus travel is free for Massey University, IPU and UCOL students and staff. For all information about local bus services, visit the Horizons website. Horizons also provides an app for smartphones and tablets called GoHorizons to make it even easier to plan your bus journey.

Bus fares and bus passes
Bus timetables
GoHorizons bus app
Cycling and bike paths in Palmerston North

Is there an ATM?
Yes there are a couple of portable ATMs that will be brought into the event, located inside the venue on the main floor. However, we always recommend bringing cash as some stalls only take cash.

What food is available?
There is a venue café with a range of food and drink available, but they will no longer be accepting cash.

Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes, you can. It is always good to bring water and some snacks.

Can I smoke at the venue?
Central Energy Trust Arena is a Smokefree environment however smoking areas are available behind the main grandstand and southern embankments. Please refrain from smoking in general public areas.

What happens if I lose my child?
If you see or have lost a child, head over to the Info Desk. If you have lost a child, our staff members will ask for a description (gender, age, defining features, their outfit for the day) to help others locate your child or children. We recommend writing your phone number on your child’s arm in felt pen or labelling their clothes to help with this process.

Where can I find lost property?
Lost property will be stored at the Info Desk in the main entry. Check in with our team there to see if they have your lost property. If you realise you’ve lost something after the event has closed, you will need to contact the venue directly, as all lost property will be handed over to the venue office once the event ends.

Is there cloakroom services?
No, sorry. The venue does not offer cloakroom services. Any valuables you have should be kept on your person or not brought into the venue.

Where is first aid?
First aid location TBC

Is the event accessible to those with wheelchairs?
Central Energy Trust Arena provides wheelchair accessibility throughout the venue. There are accessible toilets located in all bathrooms. Please ask any venue staff members if you need assistance.

What kind of entertainment can I expect to see at the event?
There is a huge range of activities and entertainment available at Armageddon such as interactive gaming activations, cosplay activities (including cosplay panels, a parade and competition), and collector card tournaments, console and PC gaming setups, as well as various exhibitors and artists. Those who are attending to meet celebrity guests, will enjoy the Main Stage which features both celebrity and event panels among others.

Do you have to pay extra for panels?
No, all panels are free. Schedules will be found here closer to the event: https://www.armageddonexpo.com/Schedules/ 

What can I buy at the show?
There is a huge range of exhibitors selling all sorts of goods including but not limited to pop culture merchandise, clothing and accessories, gaming tech, films, comics, games and handmade artwork and crafts.

Where do I get tickets from?
Tickets for Palmerston North Armageddon 2021 will be on sale through Ticketek on July 1st.

Do kids get in for free?
Children aged 4 years and under are free (with an accompanying paying adult) and do not require a ticket. Children (5-12) single day tickets are $10.00 each.

Do you offer a Family Pass?
Yes, a single day Family Pass (2 adults and 3 children) is available for $45.00

Do you offer a Student Discount?
No sorry, our event does not come with a student discount option.

Do you offer a Senior Discount?
No sorry, our event does not come with a senior discount option.

Do you offer a discount for carers?
No sorry, our event does not come with a carers discount option.

Can you scan tickets from my phone or do I need them printed out?
We can scan printed tickets or digital tickets from your phone.

 

General FAQs

Can I film/take photos at the events?
General event photos and videos are accepted. Please note: filming panels is prohibited. At no point should footage taken at Armageddon Expo be sold for profit. If you have a special filming request or are interested in recording footage for a documentary or other non-press content please contact [email protected] 

Who do I contact if I have a media enquiry?
To submit an application to attend the event with a Media Pass, please fill out the form you can find here: https://www.armageddonexpo.com/Media-Enquiries/
For considerations for celebrity guest interviews (prior to and during the event) please contact [email protected] to submit an interview request. Guest interviews will take place at the discretion of celebrity talent and their management.

Please note, as guests are currently just virtual, guest interviews are not something we are able to offer.

What is your photography policy?
Please be advised that photographs will be taken at this event for use on the Armageddon expo website, for use in promotional and/or marketing materials. By entering the expo, you consent to Armageddon expo photographing and potentially using your image and likeness for promotional or marketing purposes. 
At Armageddon Expo, many of our attendees enjoy cosplaying at our events. As standard attendees, we expect the same appropriate behaviour from cosplayers to those who are not cosplaying. Alternatively, cosplayers are not there for the general public’s enjoyment. Unwanted photographs and attention are not permitted under any circumstances.
If a cosplayer/attendee refuses a request for a photograph, that is the cosplayer/attendee’s right, and everyone must respect that. If people tell you “no” or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. Leave them alone. Do not follow them or attempt to disrupt their convention experience in any way. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the premises.

Can I record or livestream panels?
No, the filming and/or streaming of panels is not allowed under any circumstances. Photography may be permitted, as long as you do not use your flash.

Can I bring my drone?
No. Drones are prohibited both inside and outside the venue.

Who is the organiser of the show?
Beyond Reality Media Premiere Event Management Ltd. (BRM) Is the company that runs all of the Armageddon Expo events. BRM was created back in 1995 by Bill and Adele Geradts who are passionate about creating events for like-minded fans.

How do I get a photo or autograph with a celebrity guest?
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, there is currently no way to have physical international guests attend any of the 2021 events due to quarantine rules and travel restrictions, so while we are still planning on having a huge range of celebrity guests appear virtually for panels, photo and autograph options will not be available at the 2021 events.

However, with the sucess of the virtual guest panels in 2020, we've decided to bring back another aspect of the shows that was missed last year - animation guest signing sessions!

For the upcoming Christchurch, Wellington and Tauranga events, we have teamed up with a couple of epic animation voice actors who have pre-signed a limited number of 6x4 character photos and sent them to us in NZ.

At the events, there will be a two hour session each day where, for a gold coin donation, you can have the chance to have a short one-on-one conversation with the guest through a video call, just like you would back when we had guests physically attending the event, and after you've chatted to them, you will be able to take away one of the autographs they have signed for us.

These autographs will be limited to 200 per guest, with one guest appearing on Saturday, and a different guest appearing on Sunday. 

These guests will not be doing a virtual panel on the main stage, so this will be the only chance to chat to them. 

What cosplay props can I bring?
The Health and Safety of our attendees, staff and vendors is Armageddon’s number one priority, and we have a strict weapons and prop policy to ensure this, if you’re planning to attend any of our events with a prop, make sure it matches convention safety standards by checking out our Weapons and Prop policy here: https://www.armageddonexpo.com/Weapons-Policy/ 

Following the 2019 Christchurch Mosque Attack we made some adjustments to our cosplay and weapons prop policy. Those amendments will remain in place for the Auckland event this year.

To reiterate for anyone unsure, real life and imitation military uniform of any kind will not be permitted under any circumstances. One general camouflage patterned clothing item is permitted such as trousers or a top by itself however, a full camouflage outfit or imitation military uniforms is not. This extends to SWAT style uniforms. Pre-1900's military uniform is permitted.

Furthermore, all imitation firearms whether they are handmade, a toy or not will not be permitted. Items that have the appearance of a working firearm, even where they do not function as one, are classified as imitation firearms. As imitation firearms can cause public alarm, these will not be permitted at our event. Weapons from sci-fi and fantasy shows and brightly coloured toy weapons that clearly do not resemble working firearms will be permitted.

We’d also like to highlight the following policy points:
All prop weapons must be submitted to prop check when entering an Armageddon Expo event. Armageddon Expo staff and representatives have the sole discretion to approve prop weapons. Prop checks are located at the main entrance of any Armageddon Expo event. Once your prop is checked staff will put a bright cable tie around a part of your prop so other staff and attendees can see it has been checked.
Please when traveling to and from the event ensure that your prop weapons are safely transported so that you don’t raise concern from the general public and attract the attention of local law enforcement.

If you buy weapons at an Armageddon Expo event. All exhibitors must adhere to a strict R16 Weapons Customer Policy and will also provide an information leaflet summarising the Weapon Policy with all purchases. If you buy a prop or other weapon from an exhibitor at an Armageddon Expo event, you must keep it sealed in the secure packaging for the duration of the event. Those who disobey this rule will be removed from the event. Additionally prop weapons purchased at the event that do not meet the weapons policy may not be openly carried at the event.

Attending any Armageddon Expo event means that you agree to comply with all rules and policies regarding the safety of all attendees, including this weapons policy. You further understand and agree that, for your own safety and the safety of everyone at an Armageddon Expo event, Armageddon Expo staff and representatives hold the right to inspect your costumes, prop weapons and any other item you bring to the event. We may temporarily or permanently remove any attendee at any time for violating this weapons policy because every attendee’s safety is of the utmost importance.

For queries about our Cosplay Prop and Weapons Policy please feel free to contact us through our Facebook page or at [email protected] 

Prohibited Items
The following items are prohibited from all Armageddon Expo events:

  • Drones
  • Homemade Stilts
  • Alcohol and other illegal substances
  • Helium Balloons
  • Lasers
  • Confetti or loose glitter
  • Lighters or other flammable sources
  • E-cigarettes and vaping devices
  • Roller Skates, skateboards, hoverboards and scooters
  • Ahegao clothing

What is your harassment policy?
At Armageddon Expo, we value the safety of our attendees and want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable time at our event. We firmly believe in the saying “Cosplay is Not Consent”. Please ask cosplayers before photographing them and treat all your fellow attendees respectfully. If you witness or experience harassment, please tell a member of the Armageddon staff or security team. 

You can find the full Armageddon Code of Conduct here


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August 14-15th 2021, Central Energy Trust Arena
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October 22-25th 2021, ASB Showgrounds
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Sunday 24th October - 9am to 5pm
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