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Love Local Expo is back in June

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Mark your calendars for 10 June, as the popular Love Local Expo is coming back for 2023.

Now in its fourth year, the expo at Te Rauparaha Arena showcasing the best of our local products, services, crafts and community services, has become a not-to-be missed event.

Come down and see your favourite local businesses or learn about what amazing innovations and services are being offered right in your own community.

“Love Local really brings the best of our city together under one roof, highlighting the sheer amount of innovation, service and quality we have right here in Porirua,” says Porirua Mayor Anita Baker.

Love Local began in 2020 in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, giving businesses a boost after lockdown, and an opportunity for locals to support local industry.

Entry to the expo is free, and stallholders get their exhibition spaces for free.

Visitors to the expo will once again have a chance to win a year’s supply (that’s 52 blocks) of Whittaker’s chocolate by voting for their favourite Love Local booth.

The booth with the most votes will also receive a People’s Choice award with a free photoshoot for their business as a prize.

Kenepuru Drive-based pole and aerial dance school The Chrome Academy took out the title at last year’s event.

There are many ways to get to Te Rauparaha Arena for the Love Local Expo. Catch the train to Porirua and either walk or ride an e-scooter around the harbour pathway to the venue.

There are also nearby public bus stops on Norrie St and Lyttelton Ave. For those driving there, Te Rauparaha Arena has free three-hour car parking available within the main parking area and kerbside parking on Heriot Dr.

Love Local Expo, free entry, Saturday 10 June, 10am-4pm at Te Rauparaha Arena. For more information, visit

9 May 2023