The focus of the largest regeneration project in New Zealand’s history, Christchurch is home to a broad range of dynamic industries and sectors. Te Pae Christchurch has been established to showcase the best of Canterbury and the wider South Island – supporting the exchange of knowledge, fostering new business and research collaborations, and generating ideas and innovation that will create lasting, shared benefits.
City of innovation
Christchurch – the dynamic urban centre of the diverse and vibrant Canterbury region – is a city of opportunity and exploration.
Canterbury is a world-renowned food-growing region, and an international and domestic hub for agribusiness, agri-research and agritech.
- Christchurch is home to more than 900 agricultural, forestry and fishing businesses, while Canterbury itself hosts nearly 10,000 of them. These businesses employ more than 16,000 people
- Canterbury has the largest area of irrigated land in New Zealand
- Canterbury is responsible for producing 17% of the country’s sheep, 19% of the country’s dairy cattle, 13% of the country’s beef cattle, 28% of the country’s deer, and 55% of the country’s pigs
- Canterbury provides 50% of the international requirement for radish seeds, 35% of white clover seeds, 33% of world’s carrot seeds and 30% of the Bok Choy seeds (as of 2011)
New Zealand has a reputation for high-tech building design and manufacturing technology.
- The construction sector is the fifth largest in New Zealand and employs more than 170,000 people
- New Zealand’s total construction value is currently estimated at around $37 billion, of which $7 billion is in Canterbury
- Canterbury is home to more than a tenth (14%) of the country’s construction and manufacturing companies
- The 2011 earthquake sequence has driven innovation and R&D initiatives in advanced building information modelling, prefabricated manufacturing, disaster resilience construction, environmental management and sustainable buildings
- The University of Canterbury is ranked 7th in the world for Civil Engineering and is in the top 100 universities in the world for Civil and Structural Engineering.
New Zealand is positioned on the boundary of the Australian and the Pacific tectonic plates – making it a fascinating centre for the study of complex and active geology.
- Christchurch has become a hot spot for international geologists, civil engineers and other specialists
- Local research ranges from renewable energy development and natural hazard mitigation, to environmental management and conservation
- Christchurch is home to New Zealand’s Natural Hazard Research Centre
- The University of Canterbury’s School of Geological Sciences prepares students for a diverse range of career options, including geo-exploration, volcanology, hazard management, engineering geology, environmental planning, water resources, science teaching and geoscience research
- Geological modelling, geo-statistics and geoconsulting companies like Seequent and ENGEO are based in Christchurch.
With access to world-class health services and outstanding medical facilities, it’s no surprise Canterbury is home to one of the largest and most successful health science communities in New Zealand.
- Canterbury District Health Board owns and operates five major hospitals and almost 30 smaller rural hospitals
- Health sector contributes 8% to region’s GDP
- Te Papa Hauora is a brand-new Health Precinct located next to Christchurch Hospital – attracting research talent and funding in areas like biomedical and clinical research, health science education, health innovation, and health-related information technology
- Manawa co-locates health education and research activities for the Canterbury District Health Board, the University of Canterbury and the Ara Institute of Canterbury
- The University of Canterbury’s School of Health Sciences is rated within the top 125 in the world.
The Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) industry is New Zealand’s fastest growing sector – employing 6% of the domestic workforce and contributing more than $16 billion to New Zealand’s GDP.
- ICT is New Zealand’s third largest export earner, behind dairy and tourism
- Christchurch is the country’s third largest location for technology businesses
- Tech businesses in Canterbury employ more than 3000 residents, while professional, scientific and technical services companies employ more than 20,000 people; This sector contributes more than $2.4 billion to Christchurch’s GDP
- The local tech sector is supported by the Canterbury Technology Cluster – an alliance agreement between Canterbury Software and the NZ Technology Industry Association (NZTech).
New Zealand’s education system is world‑class, modern and responsive, and reflects the country’s unique and diverse society.
- New Zealand’s education system is consistently ranked within the top five of the OECD
- Christchurch’s secondary schools consistently achieve the best results in the country
- Canterbury has around 160 schools as well as three major tertiary institutions: the University of Canterbury (UC), Lincoln University and the Ara Institute of Canterbury, it is also home to a satellite campus for the University of Otago.
- UC is ranked third in New Zealand for the research intensity of its staff, and currently has 26 subjects ranked in the world’s top 250
- UC is connected to more than 60 international partner universities, and is visited by more than 75 international senior academics every year
- UC owns over 35 research centres, including field stations in Cass, Nigeria, the sub-Antarctic Snares Islands, and Antarctica.