Porirua's heritage

"One of the deepest impulses in man is the impulse to record, - to scratch a drawing on a tusk or keep a diary, to collect sagas and heap cairns. This instinct as to the enduring value of the past is, one might say, the very basis of civilization."

- John Jay Chapman, Memories and Milestones.

Porirua's Natural, Cultural & Historic Heritage

  • Porirua's history
  • Porirua's natural heritage
  • Heritage places in Porirua
  • Porirua's cemeteries
  • Civic History

The History of Porirua's Suburbs

  • History of suburbs
  • Meaning of street names
  • Places of interest

Porirua's Archaeological Heritage

  • Porirua's archaeology
  • Archaeological investigations in Porirua
  • Further information about archaeology

Porirua's Rail Heritage

  • Construction history
  • Stations
  • Tunnels
  • Bridges

Managing Porirua's Heritage

  • Heritage Management Strategy
  • Partnerships
  • Key sites programme
  • Heritage review project

Heritage Site Owners

  • Information for heritage site owners
  • Heritage grants


Our Heritage is our inheritance from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. It is a combination of all structures, places, and ecosystems that are valued because they contribute to our identity as individuals, the people, and the community that we are now.

This part of the Council's website aims to provide an overview of the City's heritage, and Council's role in its management. If you would like more detailed information about any heritage sites or Council's heritage management please phone (04) 237 5089.