Economic growth

Business is booming in Porirua City. Between 2015-2016 gross domestic product from Porirua City businesses outstripped our neighbouring regions.

On the up

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

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 18,000 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 (which employs 100+ people)

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. 

Professionals' paradise

Porirua City has more small businesses and self-employed professionals than the whole of New Zealand combined (20.4% versus 18% in 2016), and has seen more growth in business units than the country over the past decade (1.2% versus 1.1%). 

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. The upcoming Transmission Gully works will increase this accessibility further. 

If you’re self-employed or a small business and looking to set up shop in Porirua, contact Clare Nolan, Business Development Advisor on (04) 230 6576, Mobile: 0274 525 628, or Email:

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.

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 and Carrus Group to build 600 new homes in Kenepuru, and we’re also partnering with The Wellington Company to convert the old Post Office building into apartments and developing a new innovative module apartment complex close to the railway station. We are opening up land for development south of the city and starting to review our District plan with a view to future development. 

If you’re keen to develop property in Porirua please contact Clare Nolan, Commerical Advisor on (04) 230 6576, 0274 525 628, or emailing: