Resurfacing Porirua's roads

You'll find information about Porirua's annual road resurfacing programme on this webpage

Resurfacing Porirua's roads

Porirua’s annual resurfacing programme looks to optimise the life of the city’s roading network through cost effective, value for money, maintenance.

The programme is an integral part of the city’s asset management strategy. It is developed from the city’s 30-year forward works programme, which is prioritised through an annual condition rating of the entire network; looking at its age, defects, maintenance costs and future maintenance risks.

Chip seal is used for resurfacing in most instances, as per Council policy, to improve the life and value for money of our roads.  

Asphalt is used in areas of high-stress such as cul-de-sac turning circles and busy intersections.

Before resurfacing a road, we check and fix any drainage issues, and we do pre-seal digouts to fix sections of road that are failing.

Find out more about:

2023-24 road resurfacing programme

  • Semple St / Titahi Bay Road roundabout.
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Titahi Bay Road between the Hagley St roundabout and Kenepuru roundabout.
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Kenepuru Drive / Titahi Bay Road roundabout
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Hagley St / Titahi Bay Road roundabout
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Hagley St
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Mungavin Ave
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Warspite Ave, between Omapere St and the Waitangirua Link Road.
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Matiu Close, between Makaro St and the cul de sac.
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Kenepuru Drive, between Lower Main Drive and number 29 Kenepuru Drive.
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Kiriwai Road
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Flightys Road
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Grays Road
    • Possible deferral for for drainage works
  • Harris Road
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Jones Deviation
    • Resurfacing due Wednesday 14 February
  • Murphys Road
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Paekakariki Hill Road
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Steyne Ave - resurfacing underway (11 March 2024). Work being done overnight.
  • Bay Drive/Kapiti Cres/Herewini St intersection
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Chaffey Cres
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Gloaming Hill
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Onepoto Road
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Onepoto Road and Gloaming Hill intersection
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Richard St
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Spur Grove.
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Titahi Bay Road, between Hagley St and Kenepuru Drive
    • Resurfacing complete
  • Whanake St
    • Resurfacing complete

Previous road surfacing programmes

We've completed the 2022/23 resurfacing programme.

The following roads or sections of road were included:


  • Parumoana St and Wi Neera Drive roundabout intersection
  • Parumoana St intersection with the Te Whakawhitianga roundabout (alongside Pak 'n' Save)
  • Parumoana St accessway
  • Semple St – between Titahi Bay Road and Parumoana St


  • Makaro Street, Elsdon
  • Kotuku St, Elsdon – Mohuia Cres to Hukatai St
  • Heriot Drive, Elsdon – Prosser to Police Station


  • Kenepuru Drive, - from the TG roundabout north to around #15 Kenepuru Drive
  • Kenepuru Drive from the Ambulance Drive roundabout south to the Raiha St roundabout (to connect with the resurfacing done recently as part of the TG link road)
  • Wall Place - full length

The section of Kenepuru Drive between #15 and Titahi Bay Road roundabout is not included as the area is due to be redeveloped to improve the intersection at Lower Main Drive as part of a bigger project.


  • Whitford Brown Ave, Papakowhai - 2 sections: Warspite to Routeburn RAB incl. past speed camera

Titahi Bay

  • Titahi Bay Road east & west, intersections with Hagley St, Semple St and Lyttleton Ave
  • Downes St, Titahi Bay


  • Champion St, Ranui - between the roundabout at Warspite Ave and York Place
  • Mungavin Ave, Ranui – Gloucester St to Hampshire


  • Spinnaker Drive, Whitby – Leeward Drive to SH58, and Discovery Drive to Hicks Close
  • Discovery Drive, Whitby – from just past The Companionway intersection to join with the area resealed last year (just before Exploration Way)
  • Navigation Drive, Whitby - between Scoresby Grove and Botany Lane

We resurfaced the following roads, or sections of road, during the 2021-22 resurfacing programme


  • Whitford Brown Ave: from the intersection at The Fjord to Routeburn Ave (Asphalt)


  • Raiha St: from # 23 - 60 (Chipseal)


  • Papakowhai Road: from # 4 to Brora Cres (Chipseal)

Porirua City Centre (all asphalt)

  • Lyttleton Ave: between Hagley St & Heriot Drive intersections (excluding Titahi Bay Road)
  • Norrie St: from # 5 to Lyttleton Ave roundabout
  • Wi Neera Drive: from Parumoana Road roundabout to Titahi Bay Road intersection
  • Roundabouts (all asphalt)
    • Lyttleton Ave & Norrie St roundabout
    • Lyttleton Ave & Parumoana St roundabout
    • Parumoana St & Norrie St roundabout
    • Walton Leigh & Trask Place roundabout


  • Grays Road: from # 2 - 20 (Asphalt)


  • Mungavin Ave & Martin St roundabout (Asphalt)


  • Discovery Dr: from # 69G - 132 (Asphalt)
  • Joseph Banks Dr: from # 71 - 91a (Chipseal)
  • Navigation Dr: from # 2 - 106 (Enviro Seal)

*Please note, Kenepuru Drive and Semple St have been moved to next year's resealing programme due to works planned on both roads this year. This work would have impacted on the new surface so the resurfacing will now be carried out once the construction works are completed.

Road surfacing was completed on the following roads, or sections of road, in the 2020-21 programme, which took place during February and March 2021.

Moana Road, Plimmerton:

- Chipsealing between numbers 1 & 59

Postgate Drive, Paremata:

- Asphalting: SH58 to Bosun Tce

- Asphalting: Postgate Drive and Omapere St intersection

Spinnaker Drive

- Chipsealing between numbers 16 and 77

- Asphalting of the intersection with Discovery Drive

New approach to resealing intersections for 2021 programme

Asphalting - The structural asphalt being used for busy intersections in this year’s resealing programme is a “new” superior performing product that is the same as the product used on SH58 and Centerport. It has been intentionally designed to cope with poorer road subgrade commonly found on the Porirua network to ensure a longer-term result. The cost difference is insignificant, and it will result in a longer lasting finish that will be better value over its whole of life.

Chip sealing - A new approach to chip sealing some of Porirua’s less busy intersections will be used this year after a trial showed it was effective at reducing chip loss caused by turning vehicles. The new seal is a chip and sand seal combination (a type of Cape Seal), which looks lighter than standard chip seal. It involves applying a two-coat chip seal, followed by a polymer modified bitumen emulsion and a material known as AP5 or crusher dust. This material is less than 5mm in diameter. It can take time to settle and requires a thorough sweep to remove the fine chips and dust, so a standard 30km speed restriction will remain in place during that time. The new seal is more economical than using asphalt, which will still be used on key intersections. We are sharing the trial results with other Councils, with immediate interest from Wellington City.

The following roads or sections of road were resurfacing during the 2019/20 programme

Ascot Park

  • Stipulate Place

Cannons Creek

  • Bedford Street
  • Calliope Crescent


  • Awarua Street


  • Fernhill Drive

Pukerua Bay

  • Toenga Road
  • Taumata Road
  • Sea Vista Drive
  • Downs View Place
  • Teihana Road East

Titahi Bay

  • Jillett Street
  • Te Puke Street
  • John Street
  • Gloaming Hill
  • Whanake Street
  • Wright Street
  • Pikarere Street
  • Richard Street


  • Cannon Lane
  • Keel Place
  • Spyglass Lane
  • Staysail Place
  • Shackle lane
  • Barque Crescent
  • East Albatross Close (2nd coat)
  • Bowsprit Way


  • Ernest St
  • Mitchell Grove
  • Ash Grove
  • Champion St
  • Spruce Grove
  • Haunui Street
  • Mungavin Ave


  • Coroglen Rise
  • Plimmerton Drive

Chipseal vs Asphalt

Chip seal is considered the best option in most reseal situations in terms of efficiency and function.

Asphalt surfacing is preferred in high-stress areas such as sharp turns, busy intersections and steep grades.

It is important to note that asphalt surfacing is six times more expensive than chip seal but does not give six times the life. It is also more expensive to maintain.

Chip seal consists of a membrane layer of bituminous material followed by stone chip. There are numerous types of chip seal and individual designs to determine the right one to use are done for every road section.  The design takes into consideration the current roughness of surface, the volume of average annual daily traffic and likely stress to ensure the final chip seal design used delivers sufficient waterproofing and skid resistance. 

**Note: Prior to chipsealing works, residents are given five days notice (which can be weather affected) and roads are swept 48 hours and then 7 days after being chipsealed to allow time for the chips to bed in.  Please treat the roads with care during this time.

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