Developing Te Manawa

Te Manawa, our city centre, plays an important role as our city grows.

A new look

In 2012, our community asked that we help make our city centre a place they can be proud of – that will provide a better business environment and will make visitors feel welcome. 

To make this happen we’re in the process of a 10-year, $21 million city centre revitalisation that will make Te Manawa a great place to gather, work or live. 

We’re changing the look and feel of the city centre with the new public space in Cobham Court, widened paved accessway to Lyttelton Ave, a large grassed area for recreation and events, and spaces for food trucks and outdoor movies.

Improved pedestrian access

We’re reshaping Te Manawa to make it even easier to walk or cycle between the places – increasing pedestrian access for businesses.

Check out some of what we've done so far.

Serlby Place

The next stage

With the completion of works in Cobham Court, Hartham Place North and Ferry Place, the focus is now on upgrading Serlby Place. 

The improvements will create new shared spaces for events and community activities. 

The development will include new paving, seating, planting and lighting. Together these exciting changes will create a welcoming space for locals, visitors and businesses to connect. Work started in February and will be completed by September 2019. 

Get on board

Each week more businesses make the move to Porirua. We have space available for a range of different business types, considerable pedestrian flow, ease of access, and a resilient workforce.

You are much less likely to be impacted adversely by natural disasters here than in other nearby business hubs. 

We’re keen supporters of new business in Porirua City and have dedicated teams to help set you up with the resources you need and the people you need to know. 

Latest city centre news

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Celebrating Te Manawa – the vibrant heart of our city centre

Ngāti Toa gifts new name to Porirua city centre to mark its transformation

7 Mar 2019
City centre playground

Check out our vibrant city centre

Porirua’s city centre has taken another step in its transformation into a vibrant commercial and social hub.

25 Jan 2019
Elyjana Roach, who spoke at the Summit, was also one of the facilitators.

Porirua City Centre summit a success

The Summit brought together stakeholders to share ideas, look at opportunities and determine priorities for shaping the city’s future.

10 May 2018