Following an economic upsurge for Porirua City, Mayor Mike Tana is inviting ‘the widest possible range of stakeholders’ to a four hour summit next week to help shape the city centre’s future.
is booming in Porirua,” says Mayor Tana. “Office space occupancy is well up on
this time last year and several key commercial properties recently sold to new
and progressive owners.
“Off the back of this business confidence it’s time to put a collective focus on our city centre. We already have more than a 100 people attending the summit, and we can take more,” he says.
Tana says the city centre is the anchor point for the continued success of the
entire city and next week’s open forum has goals of attracting and
retaining retailers, hospitality and service businesses along with the right
mix of cafes and allied businesses so that residents, workers and visitors
enjoy coming to the heart of the city.
But the Mayor is adamant that this summit will be no mere talkfest. “We will be capitalising on community discussions to date, sharing the thinking behind commercial and community goals, defining the priorities and moving forward together,” he says.
with the interactive workshops there will be guest speakers including insight
from successful local architect, Elyjana Roach along with the recent
revitalisation experience of Invercargill’s inner city co-ordinator Kari
Graber. Mayor Tana believes Porirua has several key similarities to New
Zealand’s southernmost city.
Mayor Tana says the concept of kaitiakitanga within the project is particularly satisfying to both himself and his Council. “As guardians of Porirua’s social and economic success, everyone’s involvement in next week’s summit can make a tangible difference.”
The City Centre Summit is on Wednesday, 2 May at Te Rauparaha Arena and will be facilitated by Chris Wilkinson from First Retail Group.
For more information on the event contact Chris Wilkinson on 021 425006.
27 Apr 2018