Harbour and Coastal Safety Management

This page explains the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s responsibility for managing safety in Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and our coastal waters.


Greater Wellington Regional Council has legal responsibility for managing safety on and around harbours, coastal waters, rivers, streams and waterways within the regional council district.

Greater Wellington Regional Council:

  • Provides a 24/7 marine radio communications service via its Beacon Hill station.
  • Responds to marine oil pollution incidents.
  • Enforces maritime safety regulations and its own Navigation and Safety Bylaw.
  • Investigates reports of unsafe behaviour on the water.
  • Issues harbour licenses for smaller commercial harbour craft.
  • Manages approved Jet Ski, water ski and wind surfer board lanes and areas.
  • Approves water events on Porirua Harbour and coastal waters.
  • It also monitors water quality and controls discharges into Porirua Harbour, coastal waters, rivers, streams and waterways.

Contact Greater Wellington Regional Council for more information on (04) 384 5708.

If you wish to report bad behaviour by water users on the harbour, please phone the Harbourmaster on (04) 830 4160 or 0800 496 734 daytime, or (04) 388 1911 or (04) 473 4547 after hours.

Reporting water pollution incidents

Immediately report all incidents of oil and other substance pollution of Porirua Harbour, coastal waters, rivers, streams or other waterways by calling the Greater Wellington Regional Council 24-Hour Environment Hotline on 0800 496 734.

Greater Wellington maintains web page information on bathing water quality in its district on SummerCheck.

Some Porirua City boatsheds fall under Greater Wellington jurisdiction

Boatsheds located at Onepoto, Paremata and Camborne fall under Greater Wellington jurisdiction because they are within the tidal area.

Porirua City Council manages the Titahi Bay boatsheds, which are above high tide.

For more information on Greater Wellington annual rates, and both Resource and Building Consents, contact Greater Wellington on phone (04) 384 5708.

For the same information relating to the Titahi Bay boatsheds, phone us on (04) 237 5089.

Harbour and coastal waters are subject to maritime laws

All boating activities on Porirua Harbour - Pauatahanui Inlet, Onepoto Arm - and coastal waters are subject to both the national maritime laws and Greater Wellington’s Navigation and Safety Bylaw.

The Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand provides boating, safety, maritime rules, regulations, ship registration, commercial licensing, recreational boating information on its web site.

Watercraft Restrictions

Motorised watercraft and associated activities (eg water skiing, tubing, wakeboarding) are prohibited from the Pauatahanui Wildlife Management Area. The boundary is a straight line joining the west of the Kakaho Stream mouth and west of the Duck Creek mouth.

Fishing Regulations

Information on fishing laws including catch limits, fish size etc is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment web page under 'Fisheries'.

A separate Ministry site provides information on Maori customary fishing rights.

A number of key boat launching sites have information boards on fishing regulations specific to Porirua Harbour. But note that 'set nets' are prohibited within Pauatahanui Inlet.

Links to more harbour and coastal management information


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