We can help advise or refer you to assistance for your business development.

We can assist with everything from setting up introductions with potential investors to finding premises and negotiating leases or securing permits and consents.
Porirua City is a hub of business growth and innovation. We have more self-employed people as a percentage of population than in the whole of New Zealand! 

Self-employment rate, 2016.  Porirua City 20.4%, New Zealand 18%.

Start up support

Come and have a coffee with one of our business advisors and talk through your needs for  starting your business – from assessing feasibility to registering a domain name, to the pros and cons of where to locate or how to find other small business support.

We also have a communal business hub in the city for sole traders and start up companies to network and collaborate. Check out Porirua Co-Work in the city, and Porirua Chamber of Commerce.

Growing your business

Businesses need to grow and progress in order to stay relevant and profitable. The Porirua City Growth team can help you navigate any business hurdles and we work closely with many other organisations to ensure that, collectively, we are able to best help your business. We can connect you with specialist advisors, potential investors,government assistance ... or connect you with a business mentor to guide you through your business growth phase.

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Relocating your business to Porirua

Relocating your business to Porirua can provide you with the space and resources you need to grow.  Porirua has a strong growing local economy, availability of skilled and non skilled staff  and a thriving business sector. The City can offer a range of affordable commercial property available for lease or purchase, as well as land ideal for those that require a purpose built facility.  

Our central location with the ease of access Transmission Gully will provide to the wider region and elsewhere offers fantastic opportunities for businesses.

We will provide you with case management through the process including securing the necessary consents.

Get in touch with our Business Development Advisor Clare Nolan at or phone 0274 525 628.

Business Façade Programme

How are you looking? Is it time for a facelift? 

Readers might not judge a book by its cover but customers certainly judge a business by its shop front! 

If your business’ façade is looking a little worse for wear – perhaps the paint is flaking, plaster is falling off, or you have no signage – you may be missing out on customers. 

Don’t underestimate the power of appearance. Studies have shown 70% of businesses that make building façade improvements report a boost in sales afterwards. 

Inspiration and a cash injection

Little improvements can go a long way, which is why Porirua City Council and Porirua Chamber of Commerce have set up the Porirua City Centre Building Façade Programme.

We have five $1000 grants available to Porirua City businesses to put towards painting, plastering, and signage.

How can I get a grant?

If you are a business with fewer than 25 employees, based on a ground floor commercial property in Porirua City’s centre (Cobham Court, Hartham Place North, Hartham Place South, Serlby Place, Lydney Place South, Kikerran Place or Hagley Street), you may be eligible to apply for a grant. 

It’s a fairly easy process – simply apply online including details of what needs to be done and who would complete the work (they need to be a qualified contractor). Our Business Façade Design Review Panel will then review the application and set up a meeting with you to discuss your proposal further. 

What can I use the grant for?

The grant covers signage, plastering and painting of storefronts – more significant works such as improvements to windows, doors, lighting. are not included as they can affect with building compliance. 

If your grant is approved you’ll then have six months to complete the improvements. The Business Façade Design Review Panel will work with you to select the best contractor for the job – this is to ensure the highest quality outcome for your business (and Porirua City). We will organise to pay the approved contractor completing the work directly.

Improving the look of our city centre

The Porirua City Centre Building Façade Programme is part of our wider city revitalisation project. Check out our progress

For more information contact: Abbie McKoy on email at Porirua City Council.