Sexual Violence Prevention in Pōneke

Learn how we are helping to prevent sexual violence in Wellington.

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In late 2020, local communities raised concerns about safety in central Wellington. One outcome of this was the creation of the Wellington Alliance Against Sexual Violence. This is a coalition of youth-led organisations passionate about sexual violence prevention. They called for Wellington City Council and its partners to prioritise and invest in sexual violence prevention.

In May 2021, the Pōneke Promise was signed – a community-driven partnership working to make central Wellington safe, vibrant, and welcoming. Working with organisations across Wellington city, it aims to deliver on four focus areas (one being ‘Harm Reduction’). One of the first steps in the Council’s commitment to preventing sexual violence was to develop the Sexual Violence Prevention Roadmap for Change and Sexual Violence Prevention Action Plan. This was done by working with community stakeholders, victim/survivors and sexual violence specialists.

Read more about how this project developed.

Sexual Violence Prevention Project Case Study

To commemorate three years of the project running, we talked with 15 key partners to hear their thoughts on the project. This case study includes reflections on the projects challenges, successes and impacts – and tells the story of everything that has been achieved.

Sexual Violence Prevention Project Case Study (151KB PDF)

Safer Venues Project

The Safer Venues Project is a joint initiative between Hospitality NZ, RespectEd Aotearoa, and Wellington City Council. The goal is to prevent sexual violence in the hospitality industry, specifically in the central city nightlife venues. This project has established a Safer Venues Steering Group, comprised of local venue owners and managers. It is facilitating a range of prevention interventions with venues.

If you own or manage a venue that would like to be involved, please contact

ACC Te Aorerekura Action 13 Partnership

Wellington City Council has partnered with ACC to host one of the first Te Aorerekura Action 13 Primary Prevention Practitioner pilots. Recently recruited into this role, Tallulah Cardno will work alongside the other two pilot roles in Aotearoa. Their primary focus will be on supporting community mobilisation in Pōneke, working with both the sexual violence prevention sector, Wellington City Council, and the community to broaden our understanding of 'what counts' as sexual violence prevention in Pōneke.

Read more about Tallulah and our partnership with ACC.

O-Week Consent Campaign – #MoreThanAYes

For O-Week 2023 and 2024, we partnered with local student organisations to design a sexual violence prevention campaign focused on educating young people on positive sexual consent in hook-up culture. As a result, in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington Students Association, Te Tira Ahu Pae, and Thursdays in Black VUW, we designed the #MoreThanAYes campaign. Drawing on the seven principles of positive consent used in consent education, the campaign highlights how consent is more nuanced than a simple yes/no.

Safer Pathways Project

For O-Week 2024, we worked with VUWSA and the Pōneke Promise to identify key routes used by students between campus and the central city. Together we used strategic clean ups, fairy lighting, #MoreThanAYes consent ground decals, and an easy to use map to help make young people feel a bit safer.

Other initiatives

Initiatives in action

Check out examples of our work in the gallery below.

Funding for community groups

Community groups that could help with the cause are welcome to apply for funding through our Council funds:

Other funding sources are also available, and may be open to funding your work.

Contact us

If you have any questions or want to get involved, contact:

Harm Prevention Team

Pōneke Promise Team