Students attending Pāuatahanui School and Aotea College are able to use the free school bus service provided by Mana Coach Services. The buses do not travel the entire length of all our rural roads so, on some roads students will need to travel to the nearest bus stop. School bus users will be cautioned about safety arrangements for these drop offs and pickups. Care is needed by everyone around bus stops and turning areas, e.g. the Moonshine Road / State Highway 58 junction, at peak travel times.
There are bus services available for students attending some of the “out of area” schools. Information on these services, such as availability, fares, bus stop locations and times can be provided by contacting the individual schools.
Pāuatahanui Residents Association
The Pãuatahanui Residents Association is a voluntary non-profit group representing the Pãuatahanui community voice, supporting projects that preserve and value our rural character, inlet and history.
The Objectives of the Pāuatahanui Residents Association Incorporated are
To act as a voluntary organisation supported by its members to promote development beneficial to the whole community of Pāuatahanui (this includes Pāuatahanui, Paekakariki Hill and Judgeford, all adjacent rural localities of Porirua City) by organising and participating in projects designed to
Maintain or improve the community and its environment for all residents, while preserving its rural character and scenery
Promote the advancement of environmental protection or improvement to its rivers and waterways, with particular emphasis on the Pãuatahanui Inlet
Encourage residents to preserve and protect its flora and fauna
Preserve, protect and record the unique history of the area, both Maori and European
To do all of the above in cooperation with existing or new organisations that are involved in each area
To cooperate with other Residents Associations in the Porirua area on wider issues involving local residents
To do all such things as are incidental or conclusive to the attainment of the above objectives
Lamb & Calf Day
Lamb & Calf Day is held on the first Saturday in November. It is a fundraiser for Pāuatahanui School, focusing on “where town meets country”. www.lambandcalfday.co.nz
A group of school parents and community members meet weekly to work in the Pāuatahanui School nursery. They prepare plants that are then sold to raise funds for the school. New members are always welcomed and no experience is necessary. Annual sale day is the Sunday of Labour weekend in October with any left over plants sold at Lamb and Calf Day. There are no sales at any other time. Details are available from the school.
Pest Free Pāuatahanui
PestFree Pauatahanui aims to protect native wildlife through actively trapping rats, mice and stoats. Traps can be supplied to households in the Pãuatahanui area for a small koha of $20. People using traps are encouraged to report their catches. More information is available on the Pestfree Pauatahanui Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pestfreepauatahanui or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Pāuatahanui Burial Ground
The Pãuatahanui Burial Ground, next to St Alban’s Church, dates back to 1860. The The overall responsibility for the Burial Ground rests with the Porirua City Council and the Council Parks staff are responsible for the grass mowing. In keeping with the historic site a team of volunteers, assisted by Porirua City Council, has planted and maintains a nationally significant collection of Heritage Roses in the Burial Ground:
Volunteers keen to support the PBG rose plantings are always welcome. Working bees are held four to five times a year with afternoon tea provided. Individual volunteers also contribute their time to weeding and upkeep outside the organised working bees. While no prior experience is necessary, direction on taking care of the rose plants and beds is provided as required. Interested new volunteers are very welcome and can contact Micky on 021-404 591 or the Parks Department at Porirua City Council 04-237 5089.
Guardians of Pāuatahanui Inlet
Guardians of Pãuatahanui Inlet (GOPI) is a community group, largely funded by member subscriptions. GOPI develops policies on matters that affect the Pãuatahanui Inlet, make submissions to local, regional and central Government and provide opportunities for residents and visitors to care for and celebrate the Inlet.
GOPI also carries out specific regular activities such as the annual Cockle Count, the annual clean up in the Inlet, stream health monitoring, restoration planting and the annual photographic competition.
The Pãuatahanui Wildlife Management Reserve is an area of approximately 50 ha that contains the most significant saltmarsh in the lower North Island. It is managed by a Forest & Bird committee in partnership with the Department of Conservation.