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A pou (pictured above), carved by Ngāti Toa's Hermann Salzmann is a central focus of Te Manawa.
In keeping with our strategic partnership with Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, the Council approached Ngāti Toa to gift a name for our city centre which is undergoing a major revitalisation.
In 2012, our community asked that we help make our city centre a place they can be proud of – that will provide a better business environment and will make visitors feel welcome. To make this happen we’re in the process of a 10-year, $21 million city centre revitalisation project and the name Te Manawa represents another step in this journey.
The name has been gifted to Porirua City by Ngāti Toa Rangatira, our mana whenua, to describe our city centre and its exciting transformation.
The gifting of Te Manawa is a symbol of the strong, enduring partnership between Ngāti Toa and Porirua City.
The name reflects our vision of a city centre that is the vibrant heart of our community, now and for future generations.
Te Manawa is the area from the entrance to our city onto the harbour, from Titahi Bay Road to Porirua Stream and everything in between.
It is the central place that connects all the villages that make up our city.
Everybody who lives or works here, or loves this place can join in, contribute, and be part of the exciting changes happening to Te Manawa.