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Pāuatahanui is zoned for Pāuatahanui School and Aotea College.

Pāuatahanui School

Pauatahanui School

Pāuatahanui School is a full primary school for Years 1-8.

Paekakariki Hill Road, Pāuatahanui

Ph 04-2347659 or Email 

Aotea College

Aotea College

Aotea College is a co-educational, state secondary school for Years 9-13.

Okowai Road, Porirua

Ph 04-237 3166 or Email 

School Bus Service

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. 

Mana Coach Services  

Pāuatahanui Preschool

Pauatahanui Preschool 

Pāuatahanui Preschool is a not-for-profit community preschool catering for 23 children, from 2 years to school age.  It is situated on the grounds of Pāuatahanui School

Other Schools

There are other schools within Whitby, Porirua, Hutt Valley and Wellington that are attended by students living in the Pāuatahanui area.  More information about other schools is available at  School zones, reviews and decile ratings | New Zealand Government 

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

  1. 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
  1. To do all of the above in cooperation with existing or new organisations that are involved in each area
  2. To cooperate with other Residents Associations in the Porirua area on wider issues involving local residents
  3. 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”.

Potty Planters  

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  or by emailing 

Pāuatahanui Freshwater Catchment Community

The Pāuatahanui Freshwater Catchment Community has been set up by the Pāuatahanui Residents Association to provide information and support to residents of Pāuatahanui wanting to improve the freshwater quality and biodiversity in the streams and waterways forming the catchment of the Pāuatahanui Inlet.  More information is available on the Pāuatahanui Freshwater Catchment Community Facebook page, on this website  or by emailing

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:

History & Heritage Roses.pdf

More information on the roses is available on the Porirua City Council website

Pāuatahanui Burial Ground Heritage Rose Project - Porirua City

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 Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet 

Everyone in GOPI is a volunteer and more volunteers are always welcome. 

Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve

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.  

Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve.pdf 

Work in the Reserve is all done by Forest & Bird volunteers with community support and funding.  Offers to help with work are welcomed. 

Social media 

Pauatahanui Neighbourhood Group Facebook (public) 

Pauatahanui Community Facebook Page (Public)

Some of the local roads have road groups so check with your neighbours and ask whether there is a group for your road.

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