Want to read recent articles about our activities?

See our new section GOPI in the news.

If you're planning a family visit to the Inlet, our educational worksheets will keep younger family members interested and involved.








December newsletter, The Inlet, hot off the press! Interesting items, including an article on Zostera muelleri (eelgrass), which is so vital to the health of the Inlet.

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

Recent submissions: (1) PCC draft annual plan 2013-14 and draft long-term plan 2012-22; (2) Winstone Aggregate resource consent application for a cleanfill area in Judgeford; (3) verbal representation to Board of Inquiry on Transmission Gully project; (4) submission on motorway resource consent applications.

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

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






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Like what you see here on our website? Please join us. With more members we have more influence in putting the community's view on protecting the Inlet.

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

  • COCKLE SURVEY: NIWA report coming soon. Meantime, you can read about the day and see the photos.

  • We have now formulated our Canada geese policy.

  • Winstone Aggregate application for Judgeford landfill declined and appealed. Read more...

  • Book for children: At the beach, by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud.

  • 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.


AND DON'T FORGET THE LIVING WATERS DOCUMENTARIES. Stories of our harbour - the complete 12-episode DVD from Pataka for just $15.00, or join GOPI now and get one free! See http://www.livingwatersdoco.co.nz.

Pauatahanui Inlet

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.


What you will find on our 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. You can also read 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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