Modern city infrastructure and broadband

This page provides an overview of Porirua City’s infrastructure and broadband.

Porirua City’s major facilities and infrastructure services are of a scale and standard normally found in larger metropolitan cities.

Broadband boosts economic growth

Porirua has well developed broadband networks and high speed local, regional and international connections from a range of providers. Broadband access has been identified by the Council as a factor in boosting economic growth in the city. 

Porirua City Council has been involved in a public/private initiative known as Smartlinx3 since 2004. Smartlinx3 provides an open-access broadband network to ensure competitive and ultra-fast broadband within the city.

Ultra-fast broadband (UFB), a joint initiative of Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings, is already available in many areas of the city, with the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband continuing over the next few years.

In addition, public Wi-Fi is now available to visitors and businesses in Porirua’s city centre, giving web access to the general public via wireless enabled mobile devices.

Road and transport links

Image showing Porirua's modern roading and public transport infrastructure.
Porirua's modern roading and public transport infrastructure.

Its proximity to Wellington on State Highway 1 means Porirua has specific roading needs that attract central government funding for improvements. 

The city’s positioning within the Wellington region and easy access to key transport routes offers businesses that depend on logistics a distinct competitive advantage.

Porirua's commuter transport options - with well serviced trains and buses to Wellington and along the Kapiti Coast - make travel easy for local residents and commuters to Porirua.

The proposed Transmission Gully Motorway (to be completed by 2020) from Linden to MacKay’s Crossing (north of Paekakariki), passing rural areas to the east of Porirua and Whitby, will make it easier, faster access to Wellington, the Hutt and Kapiti Coast.

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