Annual Cockle Count
Pauatahanui, Porirua

Pauatahanui, Porirua
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Departs from:
Free transport available from Z Station on Vivian Street 8:30am or Porirua Train Station 8:45am. Alternatively meet team at the Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve off Paekakariki Hill Road at 9am
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We are joining the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet (GOPI) to survey of the cockle population of the Pauatahanui Inlet. Cockles form a large part of the Inlet marine fauna and monitoring the strength of the population is an important tool for assessing the ecological health of the Inlet. Pauatahanui Inlet is largest relatively unmodified estuarine area in the southern North Island.

The area around the inlet has been inhabited for at least the last 600 years and the area is rich with wahi tapu, archaeological sites, and historic places. The inlet offers excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities. Surrounded by urban development, the Pauatahanui Inlet is threatened by siltation, pollution, enrichment with nutrients, road development and depletion of fish stocks.

Join us for the annual cockle count on Sunday 24th November and do your bit for this precious resource. Cockle count starts at 10am but we will be arriving at 9am for training and set up.

We provide: an experienced team leader, tools, gloves, health and safety management and training. Free transport from Wellington Z station at 8:30 and Porirua train station at 8:45 available on request.

What to wear/bring: gumboots, long sleeves and pants, a hat/beanie, waterproof jacket, water bottle and food.

This monitoring programme is recognised as a prime activity in the Porirua Harbour Strategy and Action Plan, both for the information it provides and for the opportunity it provides for the community to be actively involved in implementation of the Strategy. 

Join this project

24th November 2019
Cost: On projects which include an overnight stay, a volunteer contribution towards costs of meals, accommodation and transport is required – from From $40.00 for 2 days
* single day bookings are FREE
Surveys, Wildlife Management, Other
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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Melrose, office on 02187 8185 or email