Porirua's name is likely derived from 'Pari-rua', meaning 'the flowing of the two tides', referring to the two tidal estuary arms of Porirua Harbour (Onepoto Arm and Pāuatahanui Inlet). Porirua City is located just 20 minutes north of Wellington. It is a richly diverse commununity with a thriving businesses spirit.
Porirua is a coastal city of approximately 183 km2 (18,251 hectares). Urban areas are largely on the western coast around the two arms of the Porirua Harbour and there is a large rural hinterland. The urban areas include residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and recreational land use. Rural areas are largely farming.
The city centre is currenltly undergoing a revitalisation with the help of and support from Porirua City Council. The first phase has been completed and now there are new businesses, pop-up shops and monthly Night Markets bringing people and businesses in the city. Recently Porirua has seen the opening of two co-working spaces- the Settlement and Porirua City Hub. Both located in Porirua CBD they provide perfect opportunity for entreprenuers to network and grow their businesses.