Growth Strategy

We want to develop a strategy to map out future growth in Porirua

Our community conversations so far

We’re not starting from scratch.

In October, November and December 2018, we worked with stakeholders, community members and partners to test the spatial framework and principles in this draft strategy. We built on the feedback we’d already had through the Long-term Plan, District Plan “Make your Mark” processes, informal feedback, as well as through our Village Planning programmes. We wanted to test if we actually understood your messages, and that’s what we’ve based these draft principles on. At the end of the day, you’ll be the judge of that and we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

You can read our draft Growth Strategy.

When printing this document, please tick ‘auto-rotate’ in your print settings. This allows you to view the maps in landscape format. These maps can also be found as separate files in our supporting information section below.

You can also download the submission form

Have your say – submissions are now open!

How you can give feedback

          Handy tipyou can fill in the form digitally and email it.

  • Post your completed submission form to us at : 

          Growth Strategy 2048

          Porirua City Council

          PO Box 50218

          Porirua City 5240

  • If you’re  in the city centre, drop your completed submission form to our front counter. We’ve moved to the former Kapi-Mana News office, next to the entrance to the BNZ Tower at 14 Hartham Place North.

Key Dates

20 December 2018 Submissions open
8 February 2019 Submissions close
21 February 2019 Submitters present to council
21 February 2019 Council deliberates and changes are agreed
20 March 2019 Growth Strategy adopted

Talk to us in person

We want to change the way we meet with you, to provide more accessible and meaningful ways to chat with our community.  We will be running “drop in sessions” at Pataka Museum + Art. This is your chance to ask any questions about the Growth Strategy and raise any concerns. We will be on hand to help you make your submission there and then, if you wish. We’ve made these sessions at different days and times, in the hopes that one of them will suit you.

Our team will be stationed in the spine at  Pātaka so drop in and see us! Come along for a chat on these dates and times:
Wednesday 23 January 3pm to 5pm
Thursday 31 January 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Saturday 2 February 10.30am to 12.30pm

Anything we haven't covered

If you have any questions, or would like a little more information, please email the Growth Strategy team at and they’ll get back to you. 

Supporting Information

Why do we need a Growth Strategy?

Porirua City is changing quickly and we want to make sure we’re able to influence how it changes and grows so that it’s an even better place to live, work and raise a family in the future.

With the opening of the new Transmission Gully Motorway and link roads, there will be changes to how locals and visitors move around our city, and the opportunities they have to do business. We’re also expecting our population to grow and that people will be looking for a range of affordable housing options. We have to decide where and how the city can grow while also making sure it's liveable and attractive.

Four Phases of Growth

Our most recent framework for city development was adopted in 2008 and a lot has happened since then, so it’s time to take another look at how we will change and where we will grow, to make sure the city benefits as much as possible from all that’s happening here. 

Porirua has evolved through four phases of growth. 

In looking forward and planning the kind of city we want to have in the future, it's been important for us to look back and see how Porirua developed in the first place.

Phase 1: Coastal Communities - The first settlements were Papakainga, Pa and whaling settlements  such as Takapuwahia, Hongoeka, Pāuatahanui and Mana Island, that relied on water-based transport. 

Phase 2: Railway Settlements - Settlements such as Plimmerton, Mana and Pukerua Bay grew up along the Wellington to Manawatu railway line.

Phase 3: Ministry of Works Building - Areas such as Titahi Bay, Earlsdon and Eastern Porirua grew up as a result of city centre reclamation, state housing development, and large-scale land shaping and road building.

Phase 4: Traditional Suburb Development - Areas like Whitby, Papakowai, Camborne and Aotea sprung up through private, low density garden-suburb development.

Our City is now entering a new fifth phase:

More housing choices with greater density - We need to regenerate older areas of Porirua, such as Eastern Porirua and the City Centre, while increasing density in more recently developed parts of the city, such as Keneperu Landing.

Your role in helping to shape our city

You have already played an important role in helping to shape our Growth Strategy. Through the Long Term Plan and District Plan processes you told us what your priorities are for our future, and they have helped to shape the key themes that will shape our strategy.

You said:

More compact 

Protect the harbour

Make it easier to bike and walk


Children and young people matter

Diverse and unique communities

Affordable housing choices

We want to grow

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