Earlier this year Wellington City Council consulted with the wider community on whether to add Kelburn Park to the Council’s Alcohol Control Bylaw.

We believed that the proposal was unsubstantiated and would do more harm than good, such as moving students to drink in unsafe areas (such as the Botanic Gardens which is inherently unsafe). The Police, the Council’s own officers, Victoria University of Wellington and VUWSA all opposed the ban in prior consultations.

As the Council voted to do further consultation, we believed that this should involve you, the student voice.

With just under 400 submissions from students alone, we are stoked to say students have successfully saved Fountown!

Wellington City Council has voted AGAINST imposing an Alcohol Ban Area in Kelburn Park in the City Strategy Committee on June 13, 2019.

VUWSA hopes moving forward, discussions surrounding the park will continue with Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington City Council and VUWSA working in partnership to find student-led solutions that do not compromise student safety nor community well-being.

We need community building and we need the University, the Council, students and residents interacting openly and regularly. Change does not happen in isolation and all parties must be involved.


Kelburn Park Alcohol Ban Submission Form

Submissions have now closed.

We are stoked to have gathered just under 400 submissions (which overwhelmingly oppose the ban).

Thanks for being the student voice!