Waitangirua is a multicultural, largely Pacific Island area that was built on farm paddocks in the 1960s to house working-class immigrants, including rowdy Scottish, Irish, and Welsh wharfies who passed on their DNA to many of today's residents. With lots of green spaces, including the neighbouring Belmont Regional Park, Waitangirua is close to beaches, the motorway and the Porirua City Centre. Wellington CBD is an easy 20-minute drive away, but the completion of the Transmission Gully project (construction starts in 2015) will reduce that considerably.
Waitangirua is often branded negatively by outsiders with long memories, who picture rundown state rentals, poverty and neglect. Today it is better known for its can-do attitude, solid, value-for-money housing, well-attended churches and “Graffiti grannies” who have banded together to virtually eliminate tagging here. An award-winning community park now sits at the heart of Waitangirua, restoring local pride and creating a popular gathering place for locals of all ages.