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Porirua gets down to business


The bright future of business in Porirua will be celebrated throughout June, with a series of events to support, inspire and grow local business.

Porirua Business Month will feature six free events covering wide ranging aspects of business

A highlight will be the Porirua Business Growth Forum on 16 June, with speakers including Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, Whittaker’s CEO James Ardern, Ngāti Toa CEO Helmut Modlik, Brad Olsen from Infometrics and Darron Charity, the Director of Porirua Adventure Park.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker is sure the forum will offer some fantastic insights.

“Speakers will focus on opportunities that come with doing business in Porirua, examine how we can thrive in a rapidly changing regional and national economy, and showcase some exciting new developments planned for the city.”

The forum was just one of a diverse programme of events, designed to support businesses," Mayor Baker says.

“Local businesses are the lifeblood of any community, so Porirua Business Month is about supporting and celebrating existing businesses, as well as encouraging new ones.”

Porirua Business Month is a Council initiative, supported by the Porirua Chamber of Commerce. For more details on all events visit

Events (all free, but registration is needed):

3 June – Māori and Pacific in Business, 6-8pm, Whitireia Library

A chance to network and hear inspirational stories from Porirua’s Māori and Pacific business community.

10 June – Social Media Made Simple, 5.30-7pm, Te Rauparaha Arena

Interactive panel discussion with the women behind Be + Humble, Layplan and Wellington LIVE businesses about how they’ve grown their successful brands across social media platforms.

12 June – Love Local Porirua Expo, 10am-4pm, Te Rauparaha Arena

Last year’s expo was a hit so we’re doing it again – a showcase of what our Love Local businesses have to offer.

16 June – Business Growth Forum, 8.30am-12pm, Te Rauparaha Arena

See details above.

23 June – Business After 5, 5.30-7.30pm, Supply Room Mana

Porirua Chamber of Commerce will have a guest speaker from Council talking about business growth and economic development in the city.

29 June – Young Employee and Small Business Awards, 5.45-8pm, invitation only

Awards celebrating the success of our young people and small businesses in Porirua City.

10 May 2021