Canterbury is a place where change and innovation have been embraced, creating a strong economy and a vibrant place to live.

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Canterbury offers substantial business and employment opportunities matched by an exceptional quality of life with picturesque parks, an abundance of recreational activities, worldclass hospitality, retail and healthcare, first-rate educational facilities and access to some of the most stunning scenery and outdoor escapes in New Zealand.

The $40 billion post-earthquake rebuilding of Christchurch continues at pace to deliver an attractive, modern, resilient and future-proofed city.

Regional highlights

  • Highly productive agriculture
  • Knowledge-intensive industries
  • Commercial and infrastructure rebuild programme
  • Lowest unemployment rate in the country

Areas of opportunity

Food processing expansion

Canterbury is a nationally prominent region for high-quality, value-added food and beverage products, including meat, seafood, dairy products and wine. Irrigation schemes offer substantial opportunities in land productivity and food processing for investors.

Knowledge-intensive industry

With a high concentration of technology development companies and precision engineering firms, Canterbury is home to niche segments offering attractive investment opportunities, as well as a highly supportive ecosystem for start-ups. Canterbury-based companies provide tailor-made solutions for customers both within New Zealand and internationally.

Infrastructure for the future

Christchurch’s post-earthquake regeneration is helping to create a highly liveable, innovative and environmentally-friendly city. Both buildings and infrastructure are being built or renovated to the highest seismic design standards. The rebuild is the largest redevelopment project in New Zealand’s history, driving economic growth and creating significant opportunities for follow-on business investment and attraction to New Zealand’s newest city.

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How Canterbury Compares

Who to contact

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

For more information on opportunities and guidance about investing in New Zealand, email our investment specialists.

Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC)

CDC is the economic development agency for Christchurch City Council and the first point of contact for investors coming to the region. They play a key leadership role in coordinating investor interest with other local economic development groups in Canterbury.

For more information and help in the region, contact CDC.

Sector strength for Canterbury

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