Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet (GOPI)

Contact person:  Denis Fairfax, Secretary

Phone: 233 2557



Sunday 22 February 2015, starting at 4.15pm

Guardians of P... I... are again offering a free photo workshop to anyone under the age of 18 who would like to improve their photography skills and then enter our photo competition. Destina Munro, President of Kapiti Camera Club, will be running the workshop. It's on Sunday 22 February, starting at 4.15pm at Stout Cottage (in the Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve). Last year's workshop was great and the kids really learned a lot. Registration forms are available on our website or interested kids can ring 233 2557 and we'll send them one.

Seaweek Event – A guided walk along Te Ara Piko Pathway

  • What: Guided walk along Te Ara Piko Pathway, skirting the northern shore of Pauatahanui Inlet.
  • When: Sunday 1 March.
  • Where: Meet at Motukaraka Point car park at 2pm. Return to car park around 4.30.
  • Suitable for: All ages and abilities. It's a totally flat walk. Maximum distance 3.4km.

Knowledgable members of the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet will bring the environment and the history of this part of Pauatahanui Inlet to life.

There will be plenty of opportunity to stop, look, listen and ask questions.

It's time to start thinking about the 2015 photo competition. Find out about it on GOPI's website

Read newsletter for December 2014.

Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet Newsletter for December 2014


Here are the winners of the photo competition 2014.


Read about the 2013 Cockle Count which takes place every three years. The last count occurred Sunday 1 December 2013. Next one should happen in 2016.

2013 Cockle Count



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).

Membership is by subscription and currently stands at about 190 individuals, mostly local residents. 


The photo competition is over congratulations to everyone for participating. Regardless of the outcome hopefully it was a worthwhile endeavor for everyone. 

To all of those ambitious entrants - we would love to display a few of your favourite photos here on this page. Send us no more than three and we would be happy to showcase them for everyone's enjoyment.

Here are some winning photos from 2013.


Brendon Doran 1st Nature3


Above photo by Brendon Doran who won 1st place last year in the Nature category.


Reuben Love Human impact HN


Photo by Reuben Love 1st place in Human Impact category.


See Kapiti Camera Club photos of the last cockle count - view here.




Last Updated: 01/12/2015 9:10pm