Successful Porirua Businesses
This page profiles some of Porirua’s most successful businesses.
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Mitre 10 Mega
Bringing Mitre 10 Mega to Porirua’s Mega Centre makes sense in more ways than one, Says Mitre 10 Mega CEO for Petone, Upper Hutt and Porirua, Stephen Nelson.
“All of the market analysis we did showed that Porirua was a growth area in the Wellington region and that it would be in the best long term interests of our company to be represented there. We believe we have secured an exceptional site in Porirua and are looking forward to being a part of the aptly named ‘Mega Centre’ in the city,” says Stephen.
NorthSouth GIS, formerly known as Explorer Graphics, operates out of its own custom-built building: the Geographic Information Centre in Discovery Drive, Whitby. The company renamed itself to reflect its international brand in early 2012.
CEO and Executive Chairman David Pimblott says the company holds a unique position in the local area – it is one of a few large IT companies in Porirua and is one of the largest companies in New Zealand specialising in geographic information systems (GIS).
When it comes to manufacturing wallpaper in the Southern hemisphere, it comes down to Porirua-based Pacific Wallcoverings. With 49 years under its belt in Porirua City, the company has grown and evolved, with wallpaper manufacturing and design always at its heart.
Andreas Paxie, General Manager for Pacific Wallcoverings, says the company is the last custodian of the wallpaper industry in New Zealand and is also exporting product all around the world.
It’s really happenstance that sees Radiola Aerospace based in Porirua City says Managing Director Brent Albiston. The company, which came into existence in 2003, has its roots in a group of companies that had been based in Porirua since 1975.
“Radiola Aerospace was formerly the defence and aerospace division of the Radiola Corporation. When the major part of that company was sold in 2003, staff in the defence and aerospace division decided to form Radiola Aerospace Limited, and to this day the company remains 100 per cent staff owned,” says Brent.
Capturing a niche elections film market in Australia and New Zealand has seen Porirua based Unreal Films go from strength to strength – all from what was once a basement in Camborne.
Tony Sutorius, owner of Unreal Films Limited, is in the business of working out what goes on in people’s minds and how to change their behaviour.
Wellington Windows and Doors
Being located in Porirua is good for business in more ways than one according to Alex Laplanche of Wellington Windows and Doors.
Top of the list for Alex is the strategic location in the heart of the Wellington region. This is closely followed by access to a skilled and reliable workforce, an active Chamber of Commerce and a supportive council.
Whitireia New Zealand
As a $63 million business, Whitireia New Zealand is one of the largest employers and businesses based in Porirua City. It is widely recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading polytechnics.
Whitireia started from humble beginnings in 1986 under the name of Parumoana Community College. It started with just 143 full-time students, 20 full-time teaching staff, 58 part-time teachers, 14 management and support staff, and three full-time courses.
Fast forward 27 years and the picture looks somewhat different.
Whittaker’s is Porirua’s very own chocolate-making success and is currently in expansion mode – both physically and product wise.
“We have grown significantly since first coming here. The front office was built about 10 years ago and we completed building an extension to the factory about a year ago,” says Whittaker’s Chief Marketing Officer Philip Poole.
The company is currently undertaking a $2 million factory renovation to improve staff facilities and increase office space.
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