Long-Term Plan 2015-25

The Long Term Plan (LTP) for 2015-25 sets out proposed priorities, projects and activities the Council will focus on over the next 10 years and how these services will be funded.

The Council received 482 submissions during the formal consultation period on the Long-term Plan 2015-25. Those of you who took the time to make submissions will receive individual letters from the Council responding to the issues you raised before the end of July 2015.

The Council considered the feedback from community consultation submissions, the results from the 2015 Annual Residents’ Satisfaction Survey, pre-consultation feedback, the 363 youth surveys completed by our city’s young people and other community engagement activities. This Long-term Plan will help fulfil the Council’s vision for Porirua as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

New Council priority: Children and young people at the centre of city decisions

With around 40 per cent of Porirua’s population aged under 25, this new priority makes clear Council’s commitment to the children and young people of our city. Community consultation revealed strong support for the Council’s new strategic priority for children and young people. 415 submissions were received on this subject with 94% (389) agreeing and 6% (24) disagreeing with the new priority.
The Council already provides a range of services and programmes for children and young people in the city and we will continue to provide these services. However, we will also take on a greater advocacy and facilitation role and a more deliberate monitoring role. A new annual report of the status of children and young people in Porirua is being developed that will act as a platform for our advocacy role. 

The following projects have been approved in the Long-term Plan 2015-25:

  • Infrastructure investment - $300 million capital expenditure, including $155 million new spend on infrastructure over the next 10 years to reduce risk of failure;
  • City centre development – investment of $21 million capital expenditure in physical upgrades to the city centre over the next 10 years;
  • Whitford Brown intersections project - investment of $4 million capital expenditure in improvements along Whitford Brown Avenue. This includes a right hand turn at The Fjord in Year 1 (2015/16) of the Long-term Plan;
  • Performing Arts Centre – investment of $1 million operating expenditure in 2018/19 as a contribution towards a performing arts centre developed in partnership with Aotea College and the Ministry of Education;
  • Wet playground facility – investment of $500,000 capital expenditure in 2016/17 of the Long-term Plan for provision of an outdoor wet playground facility. The Council will consult with the community on options and potential sites;
  • Bernie Woods Synthetic Turf - an additional $156,000 operational costs annually for the operation and maintenance of the turf. $66,000 revenue from ground rental will offset these costs resulting in a new requirement of $90,000 operational costs annually;
  • Western Hills Reserves (Spicer Forest, Spicer Botanical Park, Colonial Knob Parkland, Porirua Scenic Reserve) – an additional $600,000 capital expenditure and $150,000 operational costs in years 2016/17 to 2019/20 for the construction, ongoing maintenance and project management of mountain bike trails and walkways;
  • Te Araroa Escarpment Walking Track – an additional $13,660 operating costs annually toward maintenance of the track;
  • Accessways - Gloucester Street accessway has been added to the footpath renewals programme and $50,000 capital expenditure added to the pathway upgrades budget for upgrades and safety to residential accessways serving multiple properties;
  • Paremata Bridge Jumping Platform – an additional $130,000 capital expenditure in 2016/17 for investigation, design and construction of a jumping platform at Paremata predicated on funding partners. Informal approaches have been made by the Mayor to New Zealand Transport Agency and Greater Wellington Regional Council to engage them as potential funding partners;
  • Footpath repairs – Toms Road, Main Road, Tireti Road and the lane to Titahi Bay shops will be a high priority for the 2015/16 footpath upgrade programme;
  • Te Ara Piko Pathway – the Council will fund the pathway from the Ski club to Motukaraka Point for the following years: Year 1 $400,000, Year 2 $300,000, Year 3 $300,000;
  • Walkway-cycleway between Porirua and Paremata – an additional $200,000 in 2018/19 for the concept, design and consent;
  • Accessibility Plan - $30,000 in 2015/16 to develop an Accessibility Plan with interested residents to establish principles relating to the development of public spaces, infrastructure and all Council facilities, including Aquatic Centre pools to ensure universal access for Porirua residents, old, young, and disabled;
  • Writer’s Walk - $10,000 capital expenditure per annum for the next 5 years to advance the walk along the harbour side in the city centre, working with the Writer’s Walk Committee;
  • Cannons Creek recreation enhancements - $75,000 capital expenditure for years 1, 2 and 3 of the Long-term Plan for enhancements to facilities relating to children and young people tagged to both the Kids First School’s program to work in partnership with Village Planning;
  • Paremata-Plimmerton Rugby Clubrooms on Ngatitoa Domain - $200,000 in 2015/16 for the development of public access toilets and changing rooms; and
  • Sport Wellington - $8,500 per annum from 2017/18, conditional on gaining support from other Councils in the region to contribute towards the capacity of Sport Wellington.

The Council resolved to reduce the budgets for the following:

  • City marketing activities have been reduced by $50,000;
  • Sister cities activities have been reduced by $30,000; and
  • Community grants have been reduced by $40,000.

Long-term Plan 2015-25 Documents

All files are in pdf format and less than 2 MB unless otherwise stated.

Long-term Plan 2015-25 (5.2MB pdf, 308 pages)


A total of 482 submissions were received from a range of residents, residents’ associations and organisations.

Note: submissions 1, 2 & 3 were test submissions used for the purpose of testing the Council’s database capability. Therefore, they are not included as valid submissions.

All files are in pdf format.

Consultation Document

The consultation document on the Long-term Plan 2015-25 is a snapshot of how we intend to run the city for the next decade. (5.6MB pdf).