Local Authority

Monday7:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Tuesday7:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Wednesday7:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Thursday7:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Friday7:00 am – 2:30 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

SundayClosed.

shop 1/1 Walton Leigh Avenue, Porirua

022 466 3450

Less about enforcing rules and more about creating a chill place to enjoy good coffee and food, Local Authority is a pocket-sized coffee spot that packs a punch. Brad, Cam and Verity (Cam’s sister and Brad’s wife) are the business partners behind the suave little café, and the family tie means there’s a real community feel to the eatery. Verity balances the books for the business and was also the main effort behind the simple and sleek minimalist interior, while the brothers-in-law handle the day to day coffee making and customer greeting.

On the menu are toasted organic rye savoury and sweet options as well as a modern take on the classic New Zealand toastie, and if a liquid breakfast is more your style then the generous smoothie options should fuel you up for the rest of the day. Coffee drinkers are now well accustomed to Local Authority’s expert brews, and as Cam used to spend a lot of time hanging out at Peoples Coffee in Newtown, it felt only natural to have them as suppliers when the choice came up. Offering single origin and filter coffee, the cool, calm baristas are happy to acknowledge that sometimes a mocha with extra choc is really all you want - there’s no coffee judgement here.

Jan Betham (mother of employee Talia) is the baker of the sweet treats in the cabinet, and if you spill some crumbs whilst devouring your scone, don’t fret, Indy the black labrador who has a permanent spot near the front door, is the in-house vacuum cleaner and will clean up around your feet without fuss.

The big map of Porirua on the wall leave no doubt that this is a business proud of its region, and Cam reiterates that starting a café here was an obvious choice for a tight-knit family who see the potential in the area to be ‘so much more than just a shopping mall’.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

shop 1/1 Walton Leigh Avenue, Porirua

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