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



April edition of our newsletter, The Inlet. Learn about the ecology of the Wildlife Reserve, paddleboarding in the Inlet, and much more... August edition coming soon.

What is an estuary? Read NIWA's excellent description.


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 Pauatahanui 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.





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  • A very successful AGM was held in June. Ian Armitage's presentation on the Inlet's birds will be available on this website soon.

  • See the list of winners and enjoy the photos from our 2015 photo competition. Display can also be seen at Emerging Light Gallery, Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton.


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

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.

Pauatahanui 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 Pauatahanui 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.


Who do I contact about


And for

injured wildlife?

Phone 0800DOCHOTline 0800 362468

READ THIS: Porirua Harbour Strategy and Action Plan



The aim of the Strategy is to attack the 'Big Three' agents responsible for the current depressed ... (more)  


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