Maintaining Porirua’s roads & footpaths

Find out how we maintain our roads, footpaths and streetlights, and tell us what needs fixing.

On this page you'll find information about how the following maintenance programmes:

Resurfacing Porirua's roads

Porirua City maintains around 251 km of roading network through an annual resurfacing programme and on-going maintenance.

Take a look at this year's resealing programme


We do our best to keep potholes to a minimum on our roads, but they keep on coming, especially in rainy weather.

Click here for more info about how we manage potholes.

Repairing our footpaths

Our programme of footpath repairs is focused on dealing with the most serious issues first.

The programme is based on a review of all city footpaths (carried out in 2020), which rated the faults found, plus ongoing inspection work by our maintenance contractor Downer, and through resident requests.

This work helps us target funding to the areas with the worst faults.

If you are concerned about a footpath fault, please let us know. (See Please Fix It below)

November 2022

We are trialing a localised short-term repair plan for the footpath damage being caused by tree roots in Mercury Way – while we work on a longer-term city-wide solution for areas that are similarly affected.

In the short term, we intend to replace the sections of broken concrete footpath with asphalt, which is more flexible and expected to create less trip hazards as it rises with the tree roots from these mature trees. This does mean the concrete footpath will be dotted with sections of black asphalt in the short term. While it might not look as good, we believe it is the best short-term repair in areas of concrete footpath that are likely to experience ongoing tree root issues.

Longer term we are looking to replace subject trees with a more suitable species that will cope better in the narrow berm, while still maintaining a green amenity for residents. We believe this solution will be more cost effective in the long term.

NB: We do now have criteria for what trees can be planted in the berms of new sub-divisions to ensure these issues are not repeated in the future.

Cleaning Porirua's roads and drainage sumps

We run an annual programme of road sweeping and sump cleaning, which is based on a road's hierarchy (i.e. whether it is a major transport corridor or quiet side street).

Take a look at the city's road sweeping programme (PDF)

We are currently updating our city sump cleaning programme

Managing weeds

We carry out a weed spraying programme across the city twice a year to target weeds on our roads, footpaths and street to street walkways

In urban areas, we spray roadside edges and all street to street walkways.

In rural areas, we spray roadside edges.

We also spray to control lichen on our roads.

The chemical used is glyphosate 510 commonly known as Round-Up, which is diluted to 70ml per litre of water.

Read more about glyphosate 510 on the Environmental Protection Agencies website

When we spray in our walkways, static caution signs are used to advised users that hand spraying is underway.

During roadside spraying, mobile signage is attached to spray vehicles.

If you have an area you want added to the no spray, let us know.

Maintaining Porirua's berms

A berm or verge is usually a grass area between the road and your property or business. In most parts of Porirua City, we encourage the property owner or resident to maintain the berm outside their property. Council does maintain some berm areas in the city, such as reserves, the city centre and playgrounds.

Find out more

Maintaining Porirua's streetlights

Whether its one street light or a whole row of them, we can help organise a repair.

Find out more

Please fix it

Help us keep our streets and roads safe. If you see a pothole, damage or hazards on a road, whether it is in your area or another part of the city, report it to us and we’ll take care of it. 

There are a number of ways to report something that needs fixing:

  • phone us on (04) 237 5089
  • fill in and submit the form below
  • use Antenno (a free mobile app you can use to tell us about something that needs fixing or report something directly to us. Once you've downloaded the app, just go to the new 'Your reports' menu, and add a report to tell us about it). Read more about Antenno

Porirua's transport network

Our road network covers around 270 kilometres of sealed roads, nearly more than 40 bridges and footbridges, around 430 kilometres of kerb and channel, about four kilometres of culverts, around 7350 traffic signs, four sets of traffic signals and numerous car parking lots.

We monitor all construction and repair works on the city’s roads by other council's, utilities companies, contractors and the public. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) manages State Highway 1 running north-south through the middle of the city and State Highway 58, which runs east-west and connects State Highway 1 with the Hutt Valley.

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Find out more about improvements we're making to our Transport network