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From your Mayor - 25 May 2021

Mayor Anita Baker

A vibrant local economy is not an optional extra for Porirua. It’s a ‘must have’. That’s why, for the month of June, the Council has organised a whole series of events focused on supporting local businesses as part of Porirua Business Month.

Events of the past 14 months showed how resilient we are as a city, and the local economy held up better than many feared. I’ve been so impressed by how our local entrepreneurs and business owners adapted and, in many cases, thrived in unprecedented circumstances.

But the pandemic also reminded us how vulnerable we remain to events outside our control. There’s no time for complacency. Porirua Business Month is a timely opportunity for business owners to share insights about what we learned from recent challenges and how best to apply those lessons.

With one of the youngest populations of any city in New Zealand, good local employment opportunities, especially for young people, are vital. We want people to work locally and spend locally. There’s no future for us as a dormant Wellington suburb, which is why we want businesses, large and small, to consider the many advantages we offer.

We have a lot going for us. Porirua is a tight-knit, cohesive network of communities in a compact geographical area right next to the country’s capital. We’re home to a wide range of public and private sector employers, including hundreds of small businesses. Many of the biggest new residential developments in the region are happening in Porirua, drawn to our gorgeous harbour and iconic beaches. We’re growing strongly as a city, and we want business to grow along with us.

If you or someone you know either runs a local business, or is considering starting one, please visit and make the most of Porirua Business Month.

25 May 2021