Porirua, (Māori: Pari-ā-Rua) a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, is one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area; thus it is considered a part of Wellington as a whole The name 'Porirua' is a corruption of 'Pari-rua', meaning "the tide sweeping up both reaches" It almost completely surrounds Porirua Harbour at the southern end of the Kapiti Coast

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