In Plimmerton, in Plimmerton,
The little penguins play,
And one dead albatross was found
At Karehana Bay...
These simple lines from a poem by the late Denis Glover, capture the essence of this naturally beautiful seaside suburb, with its birdlife and iconic beach. By the 1890s the development of the Wellington to Manawatu railway line, meant that Plimmerton's beach was swarming with picnicking Wellington families and paddling kids. Since the Centennial Highway was built in 1938, putting Plimmerton on the main arterial road out of Wellington, it began a gradual metamorphosis from a holiday hotspot into a dormitory suburb. Slowly but surely, the baches, butchers and greengrocers have made way for designer homes, cafes and gift shops. This tiny suburb (population 2000-plus) has now become one of Porirua's most affluent areas, yet it still retains the atmosphere of a small village with its beach, sun, views, culture, proximity to the great outdoors, and most of all a strong sense of community and identity.