Committee 2016-17


We are a small, hard-working group and we take pride in continuing to work on behalf of the Inlet. The committee members are as follows:


Tony Shaw, Chairperson
Tony was elected Chairperson in 2013, having served on the GOPI committee since 2005. He was involved in the stream monitoring programme since 2004 and regularly organises the Annual Clean-up day held in conjunction with Keep Porirua Beautiful. A Paremata resident for over 20 years, Tony has had a career in meteorology.

Helen Reilly, Secretary
A Whitby resident for over 22 years, Helen joined GOPI in 1996. She is a public historian and is also involved in Zonta International and the National Council of Women. As the author of 'Pāuatahanui: A local history', published in 2013, Helen takes a keen interest in the Pāuatahanui Inlet and its environs.

Stephen O'Neil, Treasurer
Stephen is a resident of Camborne and a Chartered Accountant. He was elected to the position of Treasurer at the 2015 AGM. Stephen is also an active member of Mana and Porirua Little Theatres.

John Wells
John is a Whitby resident and has been a GOPI member since 2000. He joined the committee in 2002 and served as Chairperson from 2003 until 2013. He describes himself as having had a long-term love affair with Pāuatahanui Inlet. John was a member of the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington for 25 years, first as Professor of Zoology and then as Dean of Science, until retiring in 2001. His research interests are in marine ecology - some of his research was done in Pāuatahanui Inlet.

Janet Ryan
Janet joined the GOPI committee after the 2005 AGM. She had been involved with stream monitoring for about a year when she was invited to join the committee. She is now the Membership Secretary. Janet has lived in Pāuatahanui for more than 15 years, overlooking the inlet. She is interested in conservation generally, with a leaning to biological matters.

Mary Dinniss
Mary is a horticulturalist with 20 years' experience in Production Horticulture. She spent 10 years working in Horticulture Industry Training. She has been studying for a Certificate in Environmental Management with the goal of being able to contribute to the restoration of Pāuatahanui Inlet and Porirua Harbour. She volunteers at Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve and has a keen interest in the Pāuatahanui Inlet. She spent her childhood living in a coastal / estuarine environment and enjoys the leisure activities these environments offer.

Michael Waldron
Michael is a Whitby resident who was elected to the committee in 2012 as the newsletter editor. Arriving from the UK in 1983, he found the Pāuatahanui Inlet had some similarities to an area in South Devon called Slapton Leigh and feels considerable empathy towards its protection. With a science degree in biology from London University Michael has always had a keen interest in the natural world and in conservation, while also pursuing a career in electronics for many years.

Christine Stanley
Christine was one of the three founders of GOPI in 1991 and has remained closely involved with the Inlet since that time. Subsequently she was an active participant in the formation of the Pāuatahanui Inlet Community Trust (PICT) and became a founding trustee in 2002. Her other local work includes co-founder of the Pāuatahanui Preschool, a past board Chairperson and librarian of Pāuatahanui School and past member of the Horokiwi Ward Committee.

Christine also headed the Pāuatahanui History Group responsible for the research that went into creating the book Pāuatahanui - A Local History. She is a trustee of the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Community Trust and has lived on a farm on the northern shores of Pāuatahanui Inlet for 36 years.

Lindsay Gow
Lindsay has had an extensive background in public policy and strategy, especially environmental policy, working as Deputy Secretary for the Environment. He retired from public service in 2009 and is now, among other things, a part-time consultant on strategy and policy issues and related performance.

Lindsay lives in Whitby, overlooking Pāuatahanui Inlet, and is an active user of Porirua Harbour's waterways and shores. He enjoys kayaking, walking, biking and sailing. He is passionate about improving the quality of the harbour system, the condition of the contributing catchments and public access to the harbour and its edges.

John McKoy
John McKoy was the most recent Chair of PICT. He has lived in the Porirua Harbour catchment for more than 40 years and has been an active user, particularly of Pāuatahanui Inlet, for most of that time.

John is a marine biologist with over 40 years’ experience, primarily in the area of research for sustainable fisheries in New Zealand but also internationally.

He is a member of the new Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee established by Greater Wellington Regional Council to develop recommendations for land and water management specific to local needs and values.

Philippa Richardson
Philippa has lived in Paremata, near Pāuatahanui Inlet, for over 15 years. She says: 'On and off over that time I have had a lot of pleasure in contributing to efforts aimed at protection and enhancement of the health of the Inlet.'

Philippa’s experience and interests lie in local government, particularly in environmental planning and sustainability, including working for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. While working at the Office of the Auditor-General she gained knowledge in other areas such as health, education, asset management and water management.





Last Updated: 03/03/2017 7:48pm