Pauatahanui is one of fourteen "villages" involved in Porirua City Council's Village Planning Programme. The programme was set up by the Council as a partnership between the Council and the community. The Village Plan for Pauatahanui was developed following a process of community consultation, led by the PRA. It lays out the community's goals and aspirations, aimed at improving and developing the local neighbourhood. The plan provides a framework for planning and decision-making on matters concerning the development and maintenance of the village and is regularly reviewed by the PRA, with progress updates available on the Porirua City Council's website.