Notes - geography
Census data are available at a variety of different geographic levels, for example, Region; Territorial Authority; Area Unit and Meshblock (a small local unit of 10-100 households). Often Census data geography doesn't match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making. While individual meshblocks are small enough to be very useful, only limited data are available at this detailed level, and they need to be aggregated into higher level meaningful units.
The Community Profile provides population data for the Porirua City and associated suburbs/localities, aggregated from Meshblocks for the Census years: 2013, 2006 and 2001.
Porirua City geography
The suburbs and localities in the Community Profile tables are aggregations of whole 2013-Census meshblock geography. While the meshblocks used to collect Census data in 2006 and 2001 differed a little from these, Statistics NZ have concorded the older datasets to the most current meshblock boundaries.
Suburbs and small areas are defined such that they contain a minimum of 11 meshblocks and 543 people in every Census year. This avoids any complications caused by confidentiality rules imposed by Statistics NZ. They are designed to match official suburb/locality boundaries as close as possible, and represent geographic areas which people can relate to on the ground. They have been agreed to with the local authority as representing logical communities within the area.
The small areas used in profile.id do NOT necessarily match up to Statistics NZs “Area Unit (AU)” boundaries, though some may coincide. Some will be larger than Area Units, while others will represent a more detailed breakdown within Area Unit boundaries. Some areas may cross Area Unit boundaries.
The Porirua City has 20 small areas:
Adventure is bounded by Paremata-Postgate and Discovery in the north, Discovery Drive and Endeavour and Resolution in the east, Lower Hutt City and Wellington City in the south, and Waitangirua in the west.
Aotea – Papakōwhai
Aotea - Papakōwhai is bounded by Paremata-Postgate in the north, generally by Eskdale Road, Whitford Brown Avenue and Ascot Park in the east, Cannons Creek East and Cannons Creek North, Champion Street and Mungavin Avenue in the south, and the Onepoto Arm of Porirua Harbour in the west.
Ascot Park is bounded by Paremata-Postgate in the north, Waitangirua in the east, Cannons Creek East and Papakowhai in the south, and Whitford Brown Avenue and generally by Eskdale Avenue in the west.
Cannons Creek East
Cannons Creek East is bounded by Kenepuru Stream in the north, Bothamley Park and Driver Crescent in the east, Belmont Regional Park in the south, and to the west by Cannons Creek North.
Cannons Creek North
Cannons Creek North is bounded by Kenepuru Stream in the north, Cannons Creek East in the east, Belmont Regional Park, Bedford Street, Durham Street, Norfolk Grove and Hampshire Street in the south, and Mungavin Avenue and Porirua East in the west.
Cannons Creek South
It is bounded by Mungavin Avenue, Hampshire Street, Durham Street, Bedford Street and Cannons Creek North in the north, Waitangirua and Wellington City in the east, Wellington City and Rānui Heights in the south, and Porirua East in the west.
Discovery is bounded by Paremata Road in the north, Ayton Drive and Endeavour in the east, Adventure in the south, and Paremata-Postgate and Postgate Drive in the west.
Elsdon-Takapūwāhia – Porirua Central
Elsdon-Takapūwāhia - Porirua Central is an area with a mix of residential, commercial, industrial, recreational and rural uses. It helps to make up the suburbs and localities of Elsdon, Takapūwāhia, Porirua City Centre, Kenepuru and Colonial Knob. The area is bounded by Tītahi Bay South in the north, Tītahi Bay Road, Wi Neera Drive, Porirua Harbour, Tītahi Bay Road and State Highway 1 in the east, Porirua Stream and northern suburbs of Wellington City in the south, and Cook Strait in the west.
Endeavour - Resolution
Endeavour - Resolution is bounded by Paremata-Haywards Road in the north, Belmont Road in the east, Lower Hutt City and Adventure in the south, and Discovery, Discovery Drive and Ayton Drive in the west.
Mana-Camborne - Inlet-Porirua Harbour
Inlet-Porirua Harbour is essentially the very coastal edge of the entire Porirua Harbour (both arms). Mana-Camborne - Inlet-Porirua Harbour is bounded by Taupo Crescent, Plimmerton and Porirua Harbour in the north, Porirua Harbour and Paremata Road in the east, Porirua Harbour, State Highway 1, Wi Neera Drive and Tītahi Bay Road in the south, and Onepoto Road, Whiteria Park Reserve and Porirua Harbour in the west.
Onepoto is bounded by the Porirua Harbour in the north and east, Main Road in the south, and Dimock Street, Moult Street and Tītahi Bay North in the west.
Paremata - Postgate
Paremata - Postgate is bounded by the Porirua Harbour in the north and west, Postgate Drive and Discovery in the east, and Adventure, Ascot Park and Papakowhai in the south.
Pāuatahanui – Paekākāriki Hill
Pāuatahanui - Paekākāriki Hill is bounded by the Kāpiti Coast District in the north, Upper Hutt City in the east, Hutt City, Belmont Road and Paremata-Haywards Road in the south, and Porirua Harbour, Plimmerton, State Highway 1, Pukerua Bay and the Tasman Sea in the west.
Plimmerton is largely private residential with many old houses giving way to larger private dwellings on the coastline and hills. Plimmerton is bounded by Pukerua Bay and Airlie Road in the north, Paekākāriki Hill and Pāuatahanui in the east, Mana-Camborne, Grays Road and Taupo Crescent in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.
Hongoeka is located to the north of Plimmerton and consists of six large blocks of land and a residential area in Hongoeka Bay, bordered by bush clad hills and farmland. This is the largest area of Māori-owned land in Porirua City and an important area for Ngāti Toa. Properties extend right down into the water, so the access road crosses over private land and is not public road. Public walking access is provided by generosity of the landowners, so respect and care is required.
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.
Pukerua Bay is bounded by the Tasman Sea in the north and west, Paekākāriki Hill and State Highway 1 in the east, and Airlie Road and Plimmerton in the south.
Rānui Heights is bounded by Mungavin Avenue and Awatea Street in the north, Arawhata Street, Porirua East and Cannons Creek South in the east, northern suburbs of Wellington City in the south, and Porirua Stream and State Highway 1 Motorway in the west.
Titahi Bay North
Tītahi Bay North is bounded by Porirua Harbour in the north and west, Onepoto, Moult Street and Dimock Street in the east, and Main Road, Tireti Road and Toms Road in the south.
Titahi Bay South - Mana Island
Tītahi Bay South helps to make the suburb of Tītahi Bay. Tītahi Bay South is bounded by the Tasman Sea in the north and west, Toms Road, Tireti Road, Main Road and Tītahi Bay Road in the east, and Elsdon-Takapūwāhia in the south. Mana Island is located 2.5km to the west of Tītahi Bay.
Waitangirua is bounded by Adventure in the north and east, the northern suburbs of Wellington City and Cannons Creek South in the south, and Cannons Creek East and Driver Crescent in the west.