Porirua's growing and dynamic economy

This page provides an overview of Porirua’s economy and the Council’s commitment to fostering a strong, sustainable business community.

View of Mana area of Porirua City showing State Highway One.
View of Mana looking north, showing State Highway One, Plimmerton Beach in the background and Pauatahanui Inlet on the right.

Just 20 minutes north of Wellington CBD, Porirua City is thriving. The city’s latest population estimate is 54,600 and it is predicted that this will increase by an average of 0.8 per cent per annum for the next 10 years.

Porirua City currently has over 4,110 businesses and more than 17,700 filled jobs.

Porirua’s economic growth

The total annual output of the Porirua economy is estimated at about $1.7 billion per annum and over the past 10 years has performed well compared to the national average in business, employment and GDP (gross domestic product) per capita growth.

But the statistics only tell part of the story. The reason for Porirua’s continued strong performance is multi-faceted.

Porirua City enjoys a strategic location in the centre of the Wellington region. It offers commercial land and buildings that are ready for development and has a diverse and stable workforce from across the spectrum of professional and hi-tech to unskilled workers.

The city is home to two tertiary education institutions – Whitireia New Zealand and Te Wananga o Aotearoa, and the Royal New Zealand Police College.

High-speed broadband connections mean you’re always close to your markets around the country and the rest of the world.

Businesses located in Porirua benefit from their proximity to Wellington City, the port of Wellington and two airports – Wellington International Airport and Kapiti Airport.


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Council’s commitment to a sustainable economy

Porirua's economic development strategy is to grow 'wealth and jobs in Porirua'. The Council's areas of strategic focus are business environment, business investment, city promotion and workforce development.

Together with the Porirua Chamber of Commerce and Grow Wellington, the region's specialist economic development agency, the Council is promoting the economic development of the city and the Wellington region.

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