Growth Sectors

Christchurch is home to a thriving, fast-paced and highly diverse technology sector.  With specialist areas including high-tech manufacturing, software development and medical innovations.  Christchurch is hosting New Zealand’s first trial of a fully driverless electric vehicle.

Christchurch and the surrounding region is a hub for agribusiness with world-class agribusiness research; developing and delivering world-class solutions. 4.7% of Canterbury’s GDP is from agriculture and the sector employs over 11,800 people.

Christchurch’s location on the edge of a highly productive food-growing region with a temperate climate, high rainfall and fertile land has allowed agribusiness research and agri-tech innovation to flourish in Christchurch.  An established and expanding irrigation network across the region is creating a substantial increase in land productivity, as well as greater scope for diversification into higher value production and processing.

Christchurch, as the gateway to the South Island, is at the forefront of this rapidly growing sector, with 2.8 million guest nights and tourists spending over $2 billion annually.

Christchurch has 700 city parks, 15 golf courses, the Port Hills, Banks Peninsula, the Canterbury Plains, and the whole South Island on its doorstep.

The Canterbury Health System has undergone a huge amount of innovation and has been internationally recognised for its collaboration and integration by acclaimed British Health Think Tank The King’s Fund.

The health care and social assistance industry employed 24,100 people in Christchurch in 2016.