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Advice and Submissions


The Guardians actively provide expertise and advice to Greater Wellington Regional Council (GW), Porirua City Council (PCC), Porirua Harbour Trust (PHT) and other organisations.

In the past we have assisted PCC and GW in the formation of the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Management Programme (now ‘Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan’) and we are supporting PHT in the implementation of the plan which has a whole-harbour focus.

Lindsay Gow, the Guardians’ Chair, is also a trustee of PHT.

We were also active on the PCC project advisory group, working on plans for Te Ara Piko, the Inlet pathway.


We make formal submissions to Local Government and Central Government whenever legislation is proposed which we consider relevant to the health of the Inlet and its catchment. 

For example, in 2009 we made a submission on the Resource Management Act Amendments. In March 2011 we made a submission to the Environmental Protection Agency on a proposed change to the Regional Freshwater Plan, requested by the NZ Transport Agency as part of the Transmission Gully project. We rejected the plan change and you can read our arguments at NZTA Regional Freshwater Plan.

In 2012 we made a submission to the independent ‘Board of Enquiry’ set up by the Environmental Protection Agency asking for further mitigation measures to be put in place during the construction of Transmission Gully. We were concerned that the Inlet could be affected more than was originally understood, something that turned out to be correct. We encourage you to read our Submission 1 and Submission 2 for this.

Later we made submissions on the Duck Creek development resource consent application in October 2015, the PCC proposal to declare the ‘Motukaraka Point Recreation Reserve’ surplus in March 2016 and the PCC dog policy changes in July 2017.

In 2020 we made a total of six submissions, several in response to proposed developments around the Inlet and further afield, such as the Plimmerton Farm Development. We have been gratified to see our voice is often heard and our suggestions acted upon such as our submission on the 39 Paekakariki Hill Road development.


A table of our major submissions follows.


Target Organisation


Open Document

21 April 2024

Greater Wellington

Long Term Plan 2024-2034

18 April 2024

Porirua City Council

Long Term Plan 2024-34

18 April 2024

The Environment Select Committee

Fast Track Approvals Bill

13 April 2024

Porirua City Council

Camborne Walkway Carpark Renewal

15 December 2023

Greater Wellington

Plan Change 1 to the Natural Resources Plan

28 August 2023


Waste Management

8 May 2023

Porirua City Council

PCC Annual Plan 2023-24

20 June 2022

Porirua City Council

Plimmerton Farm

February 2022

Greater Wellington 

Navigation laws relating to speed

13 November 2022

Porirua City Council

Proposed District Plan

October 2020

Greater Wellington – Parks

Parks Networks Plan

20 June 2020

Porirua City Council

Paekakariki HIll Road

September 2019

Porirua City Council

Climate Change Strategy

October 2018

Greater Wellington

2018-2028 Long Term Plan

15 July 2017

Porirua City Council

Proposed Changes to Dog Rules