Want to read articles/listen to broadcasts about our activities? See GOPI in the news.


 Items of current interestLiving Waters documentaries, participation in community education,  Inlet pathway progress and much, much more.



Read the December Issue of our newsletter, The Inlet.


This issue covers aspects of pollution in Pāuatahanui Inlet, sea lettuce, our new committee members and some recent activities.


TEACHERS. We have worksheets to help you with your Inlet studies. We can also come to your school and show you how to use the Pāuatahanui Inlet in science and social studies curriculum work.


Check out some of our submissions.


Planning a family visit to the Inlet? Our educational worksheets will keep youngsters interested and involved.

Remember our Rainy day section. Something for the kids to do. And there are more family activities in our newsletters.



LIVING WATERS: stories of our harbour. Get the complete 12-episode DVD from Pataka for just $15, or join GOPI now and get one free!

STORMWATER MEANDERINGS. We draw your attention to this interesting and worthwhile free newsletter. You can join the mailing list.



Read how to make a bequest to GOPI.


Let us help you: please let us know if you'd like to see a particular topic on our website.

From November 2015 our website is hosted by Chilliweb.


Like what you see here? Please join us. More members means more influence in putting the community's view on protecting the Inlet.


  • All young photographers (18 years and under) are warmly invited to enrol for the Guardians of Pāuatahanui Inlet’s photographic workshop. The workshop will be run by Destina Munro who is currently the president of Kapiti Camera Club and senior photojournalism tutor at Whitireia Community Polytechnic.

    This is an opportunity to sharpen your skills as a photographer and learn some new techniques. Destina will discuss technical matters, such as light and composition, and then take the young photographers into the Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve for some practical experience with an expert.

    The workshop will be held on Sunday 21 February at Stout Cottage in the Wildlife Reserve, 4:30 - 7:30 pm. The workshop is free to attend but you need to bring your own camera so you can fully participate.

    Registration is essential. You can download the registration form here.

    For further information contact a member of the GOPI committee, phone 04 233 9391 or email pauainlet@gmail.com.

  • NOTE: Entries for the Guardians’ 2016 photo competition will close on 13 April.


  • HOW WELL IS THE STRATEGY BEING IMPLEMENTED? Porirua Harbour Trust publishes its second annual 'Scorecard'.

  • FROM THE PORIRUA HARBOUR TRUST: Frequently asked questions about Porirua Harbour. Very informative.

  • COCKLE SURVEY: NIWA report now available. You can also read about the day and see the photos. And also hear the Radio New Zealand broadcast.

  • Books for children: At the beach and Under the Ocean, by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud.


In August 2014, Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet won the Heritage and Environment category in the Porirua section of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards. We didn't win the next stage, the regional finals (that honour went, very worthily, to the SPCA for the refurbishment of their new headquarters), but we were very proud to receive the award at our local level. The accolade reflects the work our members do in protecting and promoting the Inlet. Thank you to those whose hard work has led to this recognition. See all the awards we have won.

Pāuatahanui Inlet is the only large estuarine wetland left in the lower half of New Zealand's North Island. It is at risk, mainly from human activities in both the Inlet and its catchment. We call ourselves the Guardians of Pāuatahanui Inlet because we work to promote recognition of the ecological, recreational and cultural values of the Inlet.

On this website you can read about how we care for the Inlet and promote its wellbeing with central and local government. You can learn about our activities and policies, and read our newsletters and annual reports. You will find scientific information about the Inlet and its catchment and links to relevant research. The section 'The Inlet' contains information about the natural and human history and current concerns about threats to Inlet ecology. Teachers can download our educational resources. We also have an expanding 'Rainy day' section.


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injured wildlife?

Phone 0800DOCHOTline 0800 362468

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