Great People in Porirua

This page introduces you to some of the great people of Porirua.

The Manning Family of Whitby. The Manning family of Pauatahanui

Originally from Cornwall in the United Kingdom, Andrew Manning always wanted to return to Cornwall for the lifestyle.  However, he realised that he'd never be able to live in Cornwall and pursue his career as an IT consultant outside of major city such as London without compromising on family life by spending long hours commuting.

His newfound home in Pauatahanui, ticks all the boxes allowing him and his family, wife Stephanie and children Luke and Alex, to have the lifestyle they crave with only a 20 minute journey into Wellington for Andrew’s work. (Read more)


Wiremu Grace at Titahi Bay Beach.

Wiremu Grace – filmmaker

Filmmaker Wiremu Grace is inspired by the stories of his home town, Porirua City.

It is the scene for his latest film, a short 13 minute piece called Kehua (ghost), which recently had its world premier at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival, will be screening at the New Zealand International film festival this year and has begun its journey to different festivals around the world. (Read more)


Chris Kenny - Mr Boxing. Chris Kenny – Mr Boxing

Legendary Porirua City boxing coach Chris Kenny has a sparkle in his eyes.

A talented youngster is throwing punches at his Titahi Bay gym; rekindling Kenny’s dream of a fight at the home of World Championship Boxing - Madison Square Garden in New York.

It’s about the only dream still to achieve after numerous gold medal moments in his successful 40 year boxing career. (Read more)


Jody Bank enjoying the sunshine.

Jody Bank – Newcomer to Porirua City

Porirua City newcomer Jody Bank loves the fact she can walk from home, along Titahi Bay beach, to have dinner at the local café.

"I was reluctant to move out here to be honest, but there's no way I'd move back to Wellington City now." (Read more)