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

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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.

Register for a free booth

If you’re based in Porirua register here to have a FREE booth at the Expo

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.

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

Arty Farty Kids - A community based business that recognises the importance of experiencing Art to enhance well being. We create opportunities for you or your child to explore their creativity!

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

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.

Dave McCarry - Tommy's Real Estate - Free and friendly property information and advice ALWAYS!! And when it does come time to sell you can be assured that through cutting edge modern marketing and effective negotiating techniques, the market will speak and you will receive the outcome you deserve.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Inclusive Beauty -

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

Just Rocks - Hand painted rocks and glass jewellery

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!

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.

Miss Korea Kimchi -

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.

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

Nice Pozi Landscapes - are Wellingtons freshest project landscapers specialising in creating inspiring and exceptional outdoor spaces in children’s playgrounds and the residential market

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

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

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

Poi Creations - Contemporary Māori Design Earrings

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 functionl surf craft

Ranger Beers - We started after Anthony sold his Ranger to purchase the equipment needed to make great beer. He really loved his Ranger, it was his dream car, but he loved beer even more, so he sold his car and here we are. Doing what we’re passionate about; making beer and loving life. We’ll buy him a new Ranger one day.

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.

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.

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

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.

Special Olympics - Fix n Fogg -

Squiggle Pop Parties - Themed decor hire, balloon decor, event coordination. If you can dream it, we can theme it!!!

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Unique Cards 4U - Custom Cards for sale

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.

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.

Sweet Empire Porirua - Delicious Home made cupcakes

The Little Goat Cafe -

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

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.

Arena Fitness - Arena Fitness Centre is a gym inside the Te Rauparaha Arena complex. Get the convenience of gym + pool, group fitness classes, a great atmosphere and the best view in town

Dash Swim School - We have a class for every level of confidence and ability – from babies just learning about water, right through to our classes to support elite training squads.

Free for All - Has a goal to reduce the amount of usable stuff that goes to landfill by giving it away for free. We charge a $5 entry fee to help with running costs but you dont buy a single thing.

Mayor and Councillors -

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. ​​

Porirua Chamber of Commerce -

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.

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

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.

Preschool Gym -

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.

Royal New Zealand Police College -

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.

Arepa Gamers Club - We are a community focused gamers club. We are currently running mobile gaming events for councils around the North Island

North City Tenpin & VR - North City Tenpin & Virtual Reality Arcade is your local Tenpin Bowling Centre, complete with 20 lanes of Tenpin Bowling, Bar, Gaming and Multi-Booth Virtual Reality Arcade. We are a one-stop shop for active entertainment for all ages.

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.


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.


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


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