Love Local Expo

Love Local Expo Porirua is back! A showcase of the wide range of Porirua businesses and community groups.

12 June I 10am - 4pm I Te Rauparaha Arena

Register for a free booth I Who'll be there I Venue I FAQs

We know the businesses and community groups worked hard to prepare for the expo and we are happy that we could show them some love! When we buy local, our money stays local.

Win a year's supply of Whittaker's Chocolate

Love Local Chocolate Comp

Join the fun, support our local businesses and you could win a year’s supply of Whittaker’s chocolate!

Prize is 52 blocks including Whittaker’s classic ​flavours as well as their delicious specialty blocks!

  • Grab an entry card from The Hits Street Team when you arrive at the expo.
  • Buy something from one of the attending businesses and get a proof of purchase stamp.
  • Fill in your entry card and pop it into The Hits entry box before you leave.
  • If you win, you agree to have your name and any photos from the event including you shared on the Porirua City Council Facebook page



Vendors, businesses and organisations

At Love Local 2021 you will explore and meet local businesses, community groups and try all the yummy kai.


Business Hub

Businesses, market stalls & craft

Come and meet the fantastic local business owners here in Porirua. Find the event on our Facebook Page or head over to Eventfinda.

Absolute Fitness Studio 4 Women - A boutique gym by the sea. We offer a range of classes including Zumba Fitness, Dance, Bachata Solo, plus weight bearing excercises. Website

Addikt Clothing - KIDS CLOTHING BRAND! Run by kids (with the help of mum), for KIDS!! Teaching our tamariki business skills & entrepreneurship.

Artbyesami - I am a Porirua, New Zealand artist cultivating a contemporary fusion between Polynesian and Kiwiana styled art.

Artisan Craft Market - Artisan craft market supports local artisans who make and create their own products. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Aspiring Walls - We're a proud NZ-owned family business and exist to inspire and support customers on their wallpaper journey to creating beautiful walls. Aspiring Walls has also manufactured and supplied the NZ market for over 50 years. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Be + Humble - Organic hand crafted skincare Hawk Apparel - Locally designed sports + casual socks and clothing. Website I Facebook

Bec the Maker - Aotearoa specific pieces that combine my love of design, signage and woodwork. With a strong sustainable focus on responsible sourcing and 100% recyclable packaging. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Bohéme Atelier - We are a Lifestyle Brand that sells handmade jewelry and decor with a bohemian edge. Website I Facebook

Brendan Foot Porirua - Your local franchise motor dealer with Hyundai, Isuzu, GWM and Haval new vehicles and the best selection of quality Used commercial vehicles. Website

Bubu's Lashes - Bubu's Lashes is a fully certified Salon + Academy + Online Store. Specialising in eyelash extensions, brow design and lash training. Website I Facebook IInstagram

Cecilia Crochet - Handmade crocheted purses, bags, and hair accessories such as hair clips, headbands, party hat and so on.

Connect Me Mortgages - Mortgage Brokers, who can connect you to the right provider that suits your individual needs, making sure that they not only meet your current needs but are also the right fit for your future goals. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Crystal Photos - We turn your favourite photos into masterpieces by converting an ordinary 2D photo into 3D format, then laser etching it in high definition inside a piece of high-grade crystal. This will preserve your fondest memories forever - timeless, touching, and true to life. Facebook

Dave McCarry - Tommy's Real Estate - Listing & selling property, Tawa to Pukerua Bay. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Department of Corrections - Community Corrections manages people subject to community-based sentences and those being released from prison. We assist a number of non-profit groups and organisations in Porirua through community work. Website I Facebook

DigiSlidz - Preserving your heritage. Your one stop shop for saving images from slides, negatives and prints. Image restoration a specialty. Expo special: 10% discount on all orders over $50 placed by 31 July. Website I Facebook

Doglux - offers premium cleaning products handcrafted in New Zealand made from all natural ingredients for dogs. This is where you can shop ethically, in order to upkeep sustainability and support local sellers & community. Website IFacebook I Instagram

eSthetiKa - Hand-made mixed media and Epoxy resin gifts/home deco items embellished with micro pearl powder, fairy/holographic glitter, flakes, foils, rhinestones, etc. Durable works of art with mesmerising appeal. Website IFacebook I Instagram

ESR - New Zealand's Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. Website

Eveer Creations - I create beautiful hand made made baby bibs, masks and decorate wall bunting. There are also amazing new products in the works which I am excited to show. Website

French Kiss Boutique - is an online clothing boutique, stocking your favourite labels including Home-Lee, Betty Basics, Moana Rd and more! Website

Glazing 360 - With over 25 years in the glazing industry, we are time-served professionals with experience across both domestic and commercial glazing. Our mission is to make New Zealand homes healthier, warmer, and safer to live in, without costing the earth. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Guthrie Bowron Porirua - Guthrie Bowron Porirua is your locally owned, one-stop location for all your home decorating advice and products. Amber and the team are here to help you with all your decorating needs, including in-home measures, interior design, and installation services. Website I Facebook

Gymtastic NZ - Supplies gymnastic wear and gear, dance wear and gear, cheer/ acro wear and gear to local athletes and clubs. Website I Facebook

Hester's Arts - Screen printed cushions bags tea towels etc with native plants and birds and more. Facebook

Hezyboy - Clothing and apparel business. We started this business to raise awareness for autism. Facebook

Hive World - Selling Honey and beeswax products, beekeeping supplies. Website

Inclusive Beauty by Kirby Lee - Range of beauty treatments and products including skin correction, facials, active skin care, lash lifting, massage, waxing, NZ handmade body care and more. Website I Facebook

Jaydidnails - Merch Clothing 20% off Socks Car fresheners Nail displays Possible nail service (express Mani) Possibly custom shoe designs displays. Facebook

Johnston Ebbett Kia & Nissan Porirua - a franchised Kia and Nissan dealership with a large Used vehicle yard carrying over 90 vehicles. Our state of the art workshop and parts department provides maintenance, repairs and genuine parts for Kia, Nissan & Holden. Website I Facebook

Just Rocks - Hand painted rocks and glass jewellery.

Kawakawa by Kayjay - I make natural products to help aid in the healing of skin abrasions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and also internal pain like arthritis, muscle cramps and growing pains. Website

Kristinzkraftedkandlz - Home made scented candles

Landing Press - publishes poetry that everyone can enjoy. Its most recent book is a collection of poems by cleaners across NZ. It's very successful! We love small books with big ideas! Website I Facebook

Le Aute - Family owned Boutique Pasifika store. Facebook

Life Essentials - Face Serums, creams, essential oil blends for direct application. Pregnancy range for expectant mums and just after delivery. Bath bombs made with essential oils.

Little House NZ - Little house designs and makes eco friendly craft kits and natural paint powder. Website

Little Love Jewellery & More - Hand made with a little love a variety of resin bookmarks, jewellery, key rings, any occasion cards as well as custom made on the spot pet tags with printed name & optional numbers. Facebook

Little Musical Caravan - The Little Musical caravan offers a mobile music therapy service for pre-school and primary school aged children based in Porirua and visiting mainstream pre-schools and primary schools, homes and other community settings.Website I Facebook

Moving Memories - will capture your favourite stories and precious memories on video to create a digital time capsule for future generations to enjoy. We offer a relaxed one-to-one interview at your home, so you’ll feel as if you’re sharing stories with an old friend. By capturing your true essence and personality, the resulting video will be one that your family can treasure forever. Website I Facebook

Naked Face Skin and Cosmetic Clinic - We are a Skin and Medical Cosmetic Clinic with over 16 years experience in the field. We bring the latest treatments and technology available to our clients. From our premises we also provide additional services eg Laser Tatoo removal, lashes hair and make up, all beauty services eg facials massage advanced facial peels laser hair removal pigmentation removal and much more. Our standard of care and expertise is excellent. Website

NatureFix™ New Zealand - Creates skincare remedies harnessing the power of natural, botanical ingredients. Packaged for you in reusable or recyclable ways. Facebook

Nickie Werkhoven - Mike Pero Mortgages - Navigating the maze of lenders and loan options can be daunting for anyone in the market for a mortgage. Whether it’s your first home, you’re upgrading, refinancing, refixing or adding to your investment portfolio – it pays to be able to access the right knowledge and advice. That’s where Nickie from Mike Pero can help. Website I Facebook

Odd Sock Candles - Sell Hand made candles, car diffusers, soymelts, lip balms and paintings

Pacific Horizon Travel Homes - Motorhome Rental. Website

Papakowhai based local representative for doTERRA Essential Oils - The Essential Oil Shop. Website

Partners Porirua - Promoting education, training & employment leading to youth independence and wellbeing. Website I Facebook

Piggy Packers Rentals - Rental vehicles - cars, vans and trucks. Storage of vehicles. Website

Poi Creations - Contemporary Māori Design Earrings. Facebook

Proactive - Physiotherapy in the Te Rauparaha Arena. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Purist Surfboards - Ocean, Wood, Art . wooden hand-sculpted surfboards and traditional water-craft. My works have been hand crafted from logs in their rough form to create both Art and functional surf craft. Facebook

Porirua Chamber of Commerce

Rebekah Burgess poetry and photography - Original poetry. Photography products such as canvasses, and wooden photo blocks. Limited framed photography and samples of baby/child photography. Commissions available. Facebook

Remove Your Tattoo Specialised Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic in Porirua, Wellington. Quality Laser Treatments, Quality Health Advice, Safe Laser Technology. Rethinking the ink? Or want to fade your tattoo for redesign? We are here to help. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Repair with Redox - Is looking after your health a high priority for you & your whanau? We start & finish our lives at a Cellular Level - Redox signaling molecules will replenish & repair the body cells which is a natural process. This is a way to replenish our Bodies - No harmful side effects as ASEA is Native to the Body. Wesbite

Revl - Porirua’s premium group training studio and gym that’ll have you smashing goals, feeling great and looking better than ever. Centered around our easy to follow 30 and 45-minute workouts, Revl brings cranking sounds, the best gear in town and member access 5am - 11pm. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Roger Hayman Fine Art Photographer - I specialise in large images, mainly, of landscapes up to 2m long by 1.5m high printed on fabric which can be rolled up for transporting. Facebook

Runway Studio - A hidden beach side gem that boasts some of the cities best Hair Stylists! Specializing in Blondes, Balayage and more recently Smooth Weft Hair Extensions. Results and great service is what is important to us. Book in to meet our team today! Facebook

Shampool - Shampoo for removing chlorine. Website

SignBiz - When it comes to signage, design and print, we are experts in our field. Signbiz does it all from brand management and custom made designs to full commercial fit-outs. Website

SH Pottery - I am a potter and love making travel cups for everyone with a coffee addiction! Facebook

Shop Nikkis - Weird and wonderful hand made items form science fiction and fantasy. Each piece indivually made from yarn

SOLID Oral Care - make effective and sustainable fluoride toothpaste and toothpaste tablets in beautiful Titahi Bay. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Skye Candle and Body Care - Handmade candles and body products. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Stichbury & Diddy-Stich - Hand made creative, unique & vibrant Wearable Art all lovingly made in Titahi Bay. Hand dyed & natural Merino for everyday, work, leisure & outdoor wear for men & women. Website

Stick With Me - Le Bebe - Your One-stop personalisation shop! We love to help with your decorating needs and ideas. We specialize in organization labels, personalised gifts and amazing paper artwork. Facebook I Instagram

Stitch Cloth Designs - Stitch Cloth Designs is a small business based in Whitby, Porirua. Sharon, the owner, designer and creator hand makes quality, original children's clothing. Facebook I Instagram

Sorelle Beauty - we specialise in individual eyelash extensions, all your brow needs, makeup artistry and spray tans to leave you feeling fabulous. Website

Tall Poppy Real Estate - Website

Tania Tupu Jewellery - Tania Tupu Jewellery 24 Bay Drive, Tītahi Bay Beach. Plenty of parking out front. Open Weekdays 7am-3pm Weekends 8am-4pm Designer and maker of contemporary Maori and Pacific jewellery since 2006. Currently working with resin and sterling silver. Full range on display at Aloha Friday. Gallery serving Raglan Roast Coffee for the perfect stop down near the beach. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Taylor Made Blinds - Taylor Made Blinds supply and install custom blinds and shutters in the greater Wellington region. Let us deliver the right solution for every window. Call us for a free and friendly in-home consultation. Website I Facebook

Taku Threads - We are a Māori owned Streetwear brand based in Porirua. Website I Facebook

The Arhtvaini - Handcrafted chic and colourful functional art and decor pieces made with Resin. With customizable products and a wide range of colours, we aim to create the perfect fit for your need and space. Facebook I Instagram

The Brew Store - Retailers of home brew supplies. Website

The Cosmetic Clinic North City - We are the experts in laser hair removal, cosmetic injectables and skin care treatments, performed by qualified, experienced clinicians to help enhance your natural beauty and help you look and feel like the best version of you. Our top priorities are your safety and satisfaction, and our mission is to provide safe and effective, industry-leading non-surgical treatments that offer real results, at prices that offer real value. WebsiteI Facebook I Instagram

The Underground Bookstore - Independently published Wellington authors (only Porirua authors will be at this event). Website

The Wonky Pixie + Nature by Pixie - Resin Art and Floral and Crystal art and sculpture for sale. Potentially also my nature photography with prints and artworks for sale. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Unique Cards 4U - Custom Cards for sale

Wellington Beds - Quality Bed and Mattress manufacturer, providing great service and superior sleep solutions for over 28 years. Website

WOF Crossfit - Get strong and healthy with results based coaching. CrossFit group sessions, Mums & Bubs, Bootcamp, BoxFit and Pilates classes. Website IFacebook I Instagram



Filo - love local

Yummy local kai 

Make a day out of it and come and sample the fantastic food and coffee we have on offer in Porirua. 

Find the event on our Facebook Page or head over to Eventfinda.

Aladdin’s Turkish Cafe - Aladdin’s Turkish Cafe, Porirua’s longest serving and most famous Turkish Café. Dine in and takeaway, Available for deliveries and also online order pickups. Keep in touch with us online @Aladdinsinporirua on Instagram & LIKE our facebookpage “Aladdin’s Turkish Café”. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Annie's Fudge - We are family operated business for over 45 years making traditional fudges, Russian, Chocolate and Coconut ice. We also stock old fashion sweets. Facebook

Bubble Tree - Porirua fist BubbleTea Store. Made by our talented staff from Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen. Facebook

Bumbles Puddings - We are a locally owned small pudding business. We sell premade ready to eat puddings and offer dessert table options for intimate or special celebrations. Facebook

Cake Experience - I am a homebased registered Business. I make cakes for all occasions. Facebook

Classic Kiwi Kai - We sell hot food , hot chips, hot dogs, soft serve, nuggets and chips, soft drink and bottle drinks (kiddy juice) and cheese burgers. Facebook

Filo - We’re passionate about providing delicious and high-quality food, our priority is to satisfy all of our customer's needs - we offer a variety of excellent food, prepared with the freshest and finest ingredients, to the highest standard. Facebook

Genie Food - Soft serve / coffee trailer

Jessiecakes Treats - Variety of different flavored cupcakes and mini cakes. Gluten free options available as well. $20 for a 6 box $40 for a 12 box Buy ANY 3 boxes and Get ONE half price. EFTPOS available. Facebook I Instagram

Little Espresso - Inspired by Italy’s love affair with espresso, Little Espresso partners with Suntory Coffee to offer the Bruno Rossi range, which features blends that are tailored to suit New Zealand’s coffee culture. It is rich, dark and handsome – everything a good coffee should be. Proud to be 100% Fairtrade Certified. Bruno Rossi blends are now 100% Fairtrade certified and sourced from Fairtrade producers. Website I Facebook

Masala Lounge - An Indian restaurant that serves you with yummy indian food . Best butter chicken in Porirua. Website

Miss Korea Kimchi - Kimchi

Mushroom House - Everything we do at Mushroom House is sourced locally, supporting New Zealand farmers and producers. We are committed to having the smallest carbon footprint possible while remaining 100% hand-crafted in New Zealand. We cultivate our oyster mushrooms through low-impact, organically aware methods. The best part? Our Oyster Mushroom Chips are scrumptious! Website

Pacific Soul Food - We are a family run business that is located in the heart of Porirua. We provide the best of the Pacific to your plate. Instagram

Platternz - We provide grazing tables and boxes. Website

Plimmerton Kombucha - Local producers of artisan Kombucha. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Sweet ATM - Hand delivered sweet boxes. Facebook

Sweet Empire Porirua - Delicious Home made cupcakes. Instagram

The Kūmara pie / Elemental Eats - We produce and distribute the unique pastry free Kūmara pie from our Porirua based kitchen. Website

The Little Goat Cafe - To bring the authentic taste of village cooking of my childhood Cyprus to the streets of Wellington. Using fresh locally sourced ingredients, direct from the growers where possible. Sustainable, ethical and healthy. Facebook

The Regal Shortbread Co. - Gourmet shortbread in six luscious flavours and a wide range of pastries and other creatives bakes including a tempting range of sourdough breads. Facebook

TĪTAHI - Food with Freedom - Food producer of specialty diet crackers, granola's, muesli's, bread, biscuits and chocolate treats. These include products suitable for diabetics, keto, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, coeliac, low fodmap and auto-immune. Website I Facebook I Instagram

Zayaz Kebab Food Truck - The best Kebabs in Porirua. Find us on Friday's at Adventure Park in Whitby. Facebook



Dash Swim School

Community Groups & Sports Clubs 

You'll have the change to meet Porirua's local community groups and sports clubs and find something that suits you.

Find the event on our Facebook Page or head over to Eventfinda.

Art by the Cup - Porirua based paint pouring artist who loves adding colour to all types of products. Facebook I Instagram

Amputee Society of the Greater Wellington Region Inc - We are a charity that supports people living with limb loss and their whanau. Facebook

CAB Porirua - Porirua CAB is a local service organisation that ensures that people do not suffer because they are unaware of their rights and responsibilities, services available, or through an inability to express their needs effectively. Website

GKR Karate Wellington - Karate club open to all ages 5yrs & above. Build confidence, fitness, strength and flexibility. Facebook

Mana Lions Club - Mana Lions is a local service organisation delivering activities, projects, support services, programs & financial assistance to the local citizens and organisations in the greater Porirua area. Website

Mana Montessori - Mana Montessori provides a high-quality, calm, caring and stimulating learning environment with a carefully planned programme for each individual child. Located in Whitby. Website

Mana U3A Inc (University of the Third Age) - U3A is for people over 55 who wish to continue learning, being stimulated and maintaining social contact. Mana U3A offers quarterly meetings and a range of interest groups. Website

Manchester Unity Friendly Society - Manchester Unity is a not-for-profit, family friendly organisation that has holiday homes in 6 NZ locations. Website I Facebook

Plimmerton Boating Club - Sailing club and events venue. Website

Plimmerton Croquet Club - Our Club has around 80 members playing association croquet, golf croquet, ricochet and occasionally speed ball. We have five croquet lawns bordered by beautiful gardens. Croquet can be played by men and women of all ages on an even footing. It is a game that combines skill with strategy in equal measure. Plimmerton Croquet Club welcomes members from teenagers through to 90+ years. ​​ Website

Plimmerton Inner Wheel - Website

Porirua Community Arts - We are a not for profit community organisation advocating and encouraging arts and culture in Porirua. We are about to launch a community engagement exercise to reconnect with local artists and arts based organisations to see how we can help them. We have no products to offer. We will simply be giving information on the services our organisation provides and an opportunity for the public to partake in our engagement programme to understand their needs. Website

Porirua Little Theatre - We will be outlining the history of Porirua Little Theatre and the shows we have coming up and opportunities to join us Porirua. Facebook

Porirua MenzShed - Part of the MenzShed NZ organisation supporting the local community and creating an environment for members to socialise and work on projects and learn / share their workshop skills. Facebook

Porirua Pacifica Community Patrol - Community patrols are voluntary groups of people giving some of their time and taking responsibility within their own community to help the Police make the local community safer for everyone. If you want to make a difference in your local community, get in touch and find out how you can help. Facebook

Rotary Club of Plimmerton - A booth showing Rotary projects and events with Rotarians available to chat about what Rotary does. Te Ara Piko and the Forest of Peace and Remembrance are key projects along with several schools' projects. Website I Facebook

Royal New Zealand Police College - Located in Porirua, Wellington, the RNZPC has a range of facilities on site to enhance the learning experience. ‘Scene of crime’ houses, a gymnasium, audio visual training simulators and a skid track for driver training are some of the facilities available.

St John Porirua Youth Division - Website

Special Olympics Mana - Special Olympics Mana offers sports training to people with intellectual disabilities. This includes 10 pin bowling, Basketball, Football and Swimming. Facebook

Whitford Brown Community Trust - Lifeskills and Vocational day service for adults with special needs. We also provide Community Participation and transition from school services. Website I Facebook

Zonta Club of Mana - We are a women's advocacy group dedicated to advancing the status of women and girls in all walks of life. Website I Facebook



News - Harbour - young people

Activities for tamariki and rangatahi

Come and check out all the great activities for kids (and adults) of all ages, there something for everyone. Find the event on our Facebook Page or head over to Eventfinda.

Awesome Bounce - Bouncy Castles

Kelly Sports - Inflatable sports and games. Facebook

Porirua ROCKS - Creating art and spreading happiness by painting rocks and hiding them in public places. Come along and paint a rock to take home or hide for other people to find. Facebook

SandArt - I am a Whitby based business: I run a SandArt entertainment business, doing birthday party entertainment and selling gift packs and party packs. Website I Facebook

Te Rauparaha Arena Preschool Gym - Obstacle course, tunnels and sensory mat.



Venue details


A look back at Lovel Local 2020

Over 5,000 of you visited the 120+ local businesses we had at Te Rauparaha Arena on Saturday. What a great turnout!
For more photographs from the Love Local Expo, head over to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


FAQs

Te Rauparaha Arena has free car parking available within the main parking area with eight mobility car parks available for people with disabilities who have an Operation Mobility Permit and display their mobility pass when using these parks. 

There is also kerb side parking on Heriot Drive, WiNeera Drive and Norrie Street

Paid parking is available at the Hagley Street car park (outside the main police station).

It’s best to bring cash on the day as not all vendors will have Eftpos available, although there are nearby ATMs on Lyttelton Ave if you wish to top up.

TRAIN

Te Rauparaha Arena is located within five minutes’ walk from the Porirua train station.


BUS

There are nearby public bus stops on Norrie St and Lyttelton Ave.