Christchurch sits on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island and is the capital of the Canterbury region. With a population of 375,000, it is the largest city in the South Island and the gateway city to the rest of the South Island
Agriculture is at the core of Christchurch’s economy, strongly supported by the primary produce of the surrounding region such as vegetables, grains, dairy products, meat, wool, and timber.
Christchurch is the country’s second largest manufacturing centre, with manufacturing being the second largest employer in Christchurch behind construction. Manufacturing makes up $2.2 billion of Christchurch’s contribution to New Zealand’s GDP, supplying a broad range of local and international markets across electronics and electrical, food and beverage, heavy engineering and fabrication, machinery and equipment, and polymer and rubber.
A number of Christchurch’s industries benefit from a strong relationship with the tertiary education institutes in the city. Lincoln University is renowned for its Agriculture and Forestry programme, ranked in the top 50 of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The University of Canterbury engineering school and computer science department similarly play a part in Christchurch’s reputation for IT innovation, supplying both staff and research which propel the technology industry.
Despite suffering a series of serious earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, the city has since experienced strong development activity which promises to revitalise Christchurch as a vibrant and dynamic urban centre.