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Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet (GOPI)
Contact person: Denis Fairfax, Secretary
Phone: 233 2557
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.gopi.org.nz
Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet 2013 photo competition for keen snappers. Entries close 8 April 2013. Free printing of entries at Harvey Norman Porirua. Special sponsorship also from Stella Creations Porirua. Lots of other local sponsors. All ages, with special prizes for under-13s and 13-18s. Four categories: Nature, Recreation, Human Impact, and Artistic any subject. We want to emphasise that this is a competition for everyone - locals, visitors, kids, parents, grandparents... Prize giving ceremony 2pm 28 April at Helen Smith Room at Pataka - all welcome. Further details and entry forms on GOPI's photo competition page.
Above article from Whitby Newsbrief, December 2012 pg 13.
Older news (posted 25 October 2012)
Annual cleanup of the Pauatahanui Inlet - Sunday 25 November 2012. Volunteers please gather at Browns Bay car park at 11am. Here you'll be issued with bags and gloves and asked to collect rubbish in groups along sections of the shoreline. At 12.30pm return to Browns Bay for a delicious barbecue generously sponsored by Plimmerton Rotary.
Older news (posted July 2012)
Craig Nicholson of NZTA, the manager of the Transmission Gully Motorway Project gave a talk to members of the Pauatahanui Residents' Association at their recent AGM. He spoke about the possible effects of construction of the road on the inlet as well as giving information on other aspects of the potential impact of TGM on the Pauatahanui region. These matters are of obvious interest to GOPI and I am grateful to the PRA for allowing me to forward a summary of Craig's talk to you.
AGM on Thursday 24th May. See documents on GOPI's website. Hard copies will be available at the meeting.
Please note we are holding this meeting at a new venue as the Bradey Room is no longer available. The driveway to Pauatahanui School is opposite the Challenge filling station in Pauatahanui village. Cars can be parked at the school.
Dr Murray Williams, formerly of the Department of Conservation, is our speaker. He is a most dynamic man and I know that his talk will be interesting and very informative. He will mix past and present to give us some insight on how the Inlet has changed over time as an environment for aquatic birds. Please come and hear him.
The next couple of years will be important for GOPI as we become progressively more involved with the city council in promoting the implementation phase of the recently adopted Porirua Harbour Action Plan. We need to ensure that the interests of the Inlet are well looked after in this process.
We expect that members will be able to be more involved in 'hands on' planting and other community based projects. But to organise these we need more people on our committee. So please consider putting your name forward. No particular skills or background are required – just enthusiasm and the willingness to give some time to help the committee represent your interest in preserving the ecological, aesthetic and recreational values of the Inlet.
The committee meets about every six weeks for a couple of hours. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the AGM or by writing or emailing to the Secretary. But if you would like to chat about what membership of the committee might entail or how your expertise and experience might help us progress our care for the Inlet please call me on 234 1788.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Thursday 15 March 7.30pm Helen Smith Room, Pataka. Our harbour's future.
Guest presenters will be:
The value of dredging to remove sediment from the bottom of Porirua Harbour (including the Inlet) as a tool for enhancing the ecology and recreational values of the harbour has long been a contentious issue, releasing strong opinions from the public, both for and against. You will recall that I commented in the last Newsletter on the need for us to take a cautious approach until we had more evidence and informed opinion available.
GOPI Incorporated was founded in 1991 by a group of local residents who were concerned about the Inlet. They felt that although the Inlet environment had for some years been under threat from human activities around its shores, no organisation with comprehensive interests in defending Inlet ecology existed.
GOPI aims are to promote the public’s understanding of Inlet ecology and to press for the restoration of degraded habitats by the responsible local authorities.
GOPI activities include ‘hands on’ restoration work and ecological monitoring, education and publicity programmes, and making submissions on development and other issues that potentially affect the Inlet environment. Some of the latter work is now done by the Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust (PICT).