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Hear from one of our specialists to find out more about relocating and growing your business in Ōtautahi Christchurch. 


Vanessa Doig

Vanessa is Business Growth Manager within the Innovation and Business Growth team at Christchurch NZ. Prior to joining Christchurch NZ Vanessa role was as General Manager for a New Zealand nutraceutical manufacturer.

Vanessa’s portfolio of achievements includes leading and implementing business and digital transformation as well as business development strategies in manufacturing and the petroleum and minerals sectors, international stakeholder management, due diligence and commercial support.

Vanessa has a Bachelor of Mass Communications majoring in Marketing and Public Relations, as well as an Executive MBA.

John Hamilton

John is a Business Growth Specialist in the Innovation & Business Growth team at ChristchurchNZ, with approximately 30 years’ experience within the Economic Development environment in New Zealand.

Over recent years John has provided extensive client management support to a range of different businesses from start-up phase right through to larger corporate and multi-national businesses. Within this, John has specialised in providing solutions to the SME sector, along with providing support to the large Christchurch manufacturing sector.

With the ability to work at multiple levels within each business, John has built a good working knowledge of the fundamentals of business with sound commercial acumen and strong business networks. His previous banking sector and regional finance company experiences have provided him with the platform from which to provide businesses with great support for their business growth opportunities.

Simon Myers

Simon is a Business Growth Specialist in the Innovation and Business Growth team at ChristchurchNZ. He has worked in the technology sector for over 25 years, including at one of NZ largest rural co-ops, Farmlands. Having led export sales, engineering and operations teams, and been an active board member for not for profit organisations, Simon has a vast amount of business experience and contacts to call on to help out clients. Simon is a loyal Cantab and passionate about building a better and stronger Canterbury.


Liz Eden

Liz Eden is the Business Attraction Manager at ChristchurchNZ Liz has broad business development experience with several global tech and data companies and has a strong background in planning, project management and partnership management. 

Originally from the UK, Liz relocated from Auckland to be closer to family and enjoy the work/life balance that Christchurch has to offer.  

Gill Dal Din

Gill has a high-value trusted network of people across Ōtautahi Christchurch’s business community and uses her skills in this area to connect businesses with the right resources to support their growth.

She works nationally and internationally across business, government and tertiaries to foster collaboration and partnerships. She drives commerical innovation in areas of potential growth – as an example, she is working in the aerospace and future transport space, an exciting new frontier for the city.

Gill is passionate about Ōtautahi Christchurch and realises that a critical part of its prosperity lies in business attraction and job creation. She welcomes all enquiries to discuss relocating your business to this beautiful and progressive city of opportunity.

Gill Dal Din
Business Attraction Specialist