Cel­e­brat­ing the ‘Porirua way’

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A may­oral showcase of Porirua is be­ing held at Te Rau­paraha Arena this Satur­day when lo­cals will get a chance to sam­ple some of the city’s hid­den tal­ents.

‘‘This is a first for Porirua City,’’ says mayor Nick Leggett.

‘‘It gives res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly those who have re­cently moved here, a chance to see all the re­ally in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing things our city has to of­fer in one room. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of our com­mu­nity, of busi­ness and of the Porirua way.’’

Mr Leggett says it is also a great op­por­tu­nity to in­vite friends and family from other parts of the re­gion to get a taste of Porirua.

‘‘ Many peo­ple haven’t been to Te Rau­paraha Arena or next door to Pataka.

‘‘This event gives them the ex­cuse to come down and check us out.’’

More than 100 busi­nesses, clubs, groups, ser­vices and at­trac­tions will be on show, with give­aways up for grabs.

The event is be­ing co-hosted by the coun­cil and the Porirua Cham­ber of Com­merce, and is open to the pub­lic be­tween 2pm and 4.30pm.

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Com­merce ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Holly Thomp­son says the city has 3500 busi­nesses, many of which will be at the expo.

‘‘Our busi­ness com­mu­nity can be hard to see, with many work­ing from home, or in the var­i­ous vil­lages and busi­ness clus­ters. This event puts them all in one room, and helps peo­ple to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses by know­ing who’s proudly part of our city,’’ she said.

‘‘The event is a great ex­am­ple of where the Cham­ber and coun­cil can work to­gether to cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for our busi­nesses and res­i­dents..’’

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