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Porirua East

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Porirua East is 2,043, with a population density of 18.17 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Porirua East helps to create the residential suburb of Rānui. Porirua East is bounded by Champion Street in the north, Thompson Grove, Cannons Creek North, Mungavin Avenue and Cannons Creek South in the east, Rānui Heights and Arawhata Street in the south, and Awatea Street in the west.

Name origin

Porirua's name is likely derived from 'Pari-rua', meaning 'the flowing of the two tides', referring to the two tidal estuary arms of Porirua Harbour (Onepoto Arm and Pāuatahanui Inlet).

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rapid development occurred during the 1950s and 1960s, including the construction of state government housing. The population fluctuated slightly between 1996 and 2013, due to small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Major features

Major features of Porirua East include Porirua Park (playing fields and stadium), Mungavin Shops, motel, parks and walkways, Mungavin Park sports grounds and community hall, and historic Mungavin Homestead.