Porirua Economic Research

Council produces and carry out regular publication, research and surveys to better understand our local and regional economy to ensure that our businesses have access to relevant business and economic development information for planning and business development opportunities. Internal and external research is carried out regularly to better understand the makeup of our local and regional economy. Depending on your area of interest there are a range of research resources available.

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Quarterly Economic Bulletin

The Council’s Economic Bulletin is a quarterly update produced to promote economic development in Porirua and keep the local business community informed of the economic climate in Porirua City.

The bulletin is a ‘must read’ for local or potential new businesses or investors making sound business decisions about Porirua as an investment opportunity.

The Economic Bulletin was developed closely with the business sector through the Porirua Chamber of Commerce to:

  • Promote economic development in Porirua
  • Keep the local business community informed about the economic climate in Porirua City
  • Establish stronger links with the business sector and potential investors to encourage development and investment
  • Actively support and promote local businesses
  • Monitor the city's economic development strategy and action plan
  • Provide economic development information to inform decision making

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How Porirua City is performing

Porirua City Council commissions an annual report on economic performace for the City. The report looks at a range of indicators and short as well as long term trends.

2015 Results:

2014 Results:

2013 Results:

2012 Results:

General Results:

Other performance measures

Quality of Life project

Council has been involved with the Quality of Life Project involving eleven other New Zealand Cities. The project provides information to decision-makers to improve the quality of life in major New Zealand urban areas.  Read the Porirua Quality of Life Report Topline Summary (62.6KB pdf).

Measuring the Wellington region's progress and well-being

As part of the Wellington Regional Strategy, a sustainable economic development strategy for the region, Porirua City Council with other councils in our region and a range of central government agencies came together to develop a Genuine Progress Index (GPI) for the region as a whole. The GPI integrates economic data with environmental, cultural and social data to monitor the well-being of the Wellington region.

The GPI is a tool that will enable individuals, businesses and other local agencies to spot opportunities and gaps in the region. Information in the GPI is presented at a combined regional level and is available for anyone to see and use. Check it out on the GPI website.


As part of the contract for services agreement between Porirua City Council and Porirua Chamber of Commerce an annual business confidence survey is carried out to improve Council’s understanding of the business environment, the usefulness of the services we provide to businesses, and how we might address opportunities to help businesses in Porirua.

The survey covers three areas: business confidence; Council services; and Porirua Chamber services.

The respondents to the survey are mainly in the area of professional, scientific and technical services, other services, and retail trade industry/sector. The majority of respondents run their operation in a registered business location and about 30% of respondents run their operation from a home office location.

The question on Council’s role in creating the right conditions for business is also included in the Annual Porirua Residents Survey – a face-to-face survey of Porirua residents commissioned by Council to find out what people think about Council's performance, services and facilities.

For further information on the business confidence surveys, please email enquiries@pcc.govt.nz


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