Economic growth in Porirua

Porirua City’s economy is surging ahead and outstripping the national economy in most indicators we monitor. Infometrics estimates that Porirua’s economy grew by 4.3% in the year to September 2022, nearly double the national rate of 2.6%.

On the up

We have seen huge growth in a number of industries including construction, health, agricultural support services, professional, scientific and technology.

Looking for work - come to Porirua

With the business boom comes demand for more staff and we’ve seen significant growth in the number of jobs available in Porirua City over the past five years.

There are around 20,000 people working in Porirua City. More than half live and work within our city while others live in other areas and travel here for work. We have a big contingent of Wellingtonians who travel here for work every day while some commute from as far afield as Palmerston North, Hastings, and Hamilton to work in Porirua City.

“A lot of our staff live in Porirua. We find it’s a very easy sell [for staff thinking of moving to the area]. The site provides a wonderful environment to work in.” Kaetrin Stephenson, General Manager Corporate Services, BRANZ

Read our latest job growth reports from Infometrics

Partners Porirua

Porirua City is a keen supporter of Partners Porirua, a not-for-profit organisation that helps young people access work programmes. Partners Porirua runs a range of programmes throughout the year including bringing businesses into schools to show students real-world applications of the subjects they are learning.

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Professionals' paradise

Post Covid lockdown and due to the proximity Porirua has to other cities, more and more businesses are running their business from home as we are at the heart of the region, it makes it easy.

Part of the appeal of Porirua is our ease of access, excellent infrastructure and business mentoring available, growing population and client base, property available for lease, competitive rents, and central location.

If you're looking to set up shop in Porirua, contact the Economic Development Team via Email: [email protected].

Knowledge based workforce

Porirua City certainly punches above its weight when it comes to professional prowess. We host two of New Zealand’s major crown research institutes (CRI's) – despite being a relatively small city (and not a main centre).

BRANZ, New Zealand’s leading authority on building and construction research, is based at Judgeford, Porirua in a five hectare complex incorporating laboratories, testing facilities, and exposure sites. See more about education and research in Porirua.

ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) has its base in Kenepuru, Porirua and specialises in science relating to people and communities. ESR has a team of around 400 specialists in water science, forensic science, health science, workplace drug testing, food science, radiation science, social systems, and pharmaceuticals. See more about education and research in Porirua.

Another major employer in Porirua is Capital and Coast District Health Board’s Kenepuru Hospital, which provides a range of inpatient and outpatient health services and specialist rehabilitation services.


The BRANZ vision is inspiring the building and construction industry to provide better buildings for New Zealanders.

Connect Global

Porirua City is home to a contact centre that is leading the charge in customer services and how consumers are engaged.

Development is booming

Demand for property is on the up with the number of residential building consents continuing to rise. We know Porirua is a great place to live and work and now other Kiwis are taking note.

Property development is increasing year-on-year with suburban developments around all parts of Porirua City, particularly in Aotea and Whitby.

Porirua City has joined forces with Ngāti Toa to build new homes in Kenepuru. We are opening up land for development south of the city and reviewing our District plan with a view to future development.

If you’re keen to develop property in Porirua please contact Email: [email protected].

Housing & construction

If you’re involved in housing and construction in any capacity – make a beeline for Porirua. We have a huge amount of development underway – and business is booming.