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Economy and job prospects

10 October 2023

Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island and the second largest in the country. It's becoming one of the world’s most modern and sustainable cities. Learn more about our economy and job prospects.

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Job opportunities and economy

With a population of around 385,000, Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and the second largest in the country. It is currently undergoing a major rebuild and is in the process of transforming itself into one of the world’s most modern and sustainable cities. It is also New Zealand’s most affordable major city.

Christchurch is the second major business centre in New Zealand and, as the national centre of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), it has quickly become known as New Zealand’s digital city. It is a leading centre for innovation, research and technology, and home to New Zealand’s largest ICT industry cluster. Key business sectors include engineering, biotechnology, avionics, electronics, software engineering, agriculture, education, forestry, nutraceuticals, Antarctic research and tourism.

 

Supernodes – Global Growth opportunities

A test-bed for innovation, Ōtautahi Christchurch is the place for future-focused, sustainable businesses and people who want to do things differently. We are leading the way in global health tech, aerospace and future transport, food fibre and agritech, and hi-tech solutions. These strategic strength sectors, Supernodes, are supported by progressive ecosystems connecting enterprise, education, and government.

The future is bright, for everyone. Come join us.

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