The capital of the Canterbury region – Christchurch sits on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. 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.
Christchurch is the country’s second largest manufacturing centre and second largest employer 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 beverages, heavy engineering and fabrication, machinery and equipment, and polymer and rubber.
Agriculture sits at the centre of Christchurch’s economy impacting commercial real estate agents in Christchurch. Agriculture is supported by the primary produce of surrounding regions such as vegetables, grains, dairy products, meat, wool, and timber.
A range 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 earthquakes between 2010 and 2012, the city has since experienced substantial development which promises to revitalise the city as a vibrant and dynamic urban centre.