Canterbury Companies We Can Be Proud Of
Our city has long been a centre of excellence, well known for businesses that innovate and challenge the status quo.
Right now, it’s vital we support local and acknowledge our business community’s contribution to our community and, indeed, the world.
There are hundreds of businesses to be proud of. These are five we picked out.
Brianne West started beauty company Ethique from Christchurch in 2012, concocting natural beauty bars while completing a science degree at the University of Canterbury. Ethique has since grown to produce 40 products, exporting directly into global markets as well as through a busy online shop.
Their products are plant-based and sustainable, and the company is built off a goal of reducing plastic waste in the beauty industry.
They are New Zealand’s highest-scoring B Corp, they are carbon neutral, and they are a living wage employer. They were also named a Supreme Winner at the 2019 Westpac Champion Business Awards.
Earth Sea Sky
Local hero David Ellis founded Earth Sea Sky in Christchurch in 1990, seeking to make outdoor clothing suited for both mountains and city streets. His grandfather Roland Ellis helped start Fairydown and made the jackets Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay wore when they ‘knocked the bastard off’ and climbed Mt Everest for the first time.
Earth Sea Sky are a family-owned business, and the Ellis’ remain hands on in all aspects. They produce all their products in New Zealand – it’s one of their core values – and have factories in Dunedin, Christchurch, Hastings and Nelson.
Addington Coffee Co-op
A social enterprise disguised as a Christchurch coffee shop, Addington Coffee Co-op is part of Liminal, an organisation who redistribute 70 per cent of their profits back into the community.
Through this they’ve helped their local Christchurch school expand, built Ethiopian teachers’ accommodation, funded a Central American coffee replanting programme and contributed to the expansion of a Kolkata apparel manufacturer.
They roast and serve some of the best coffee in town, their cabinet is always stacked, and their onsite Addington Store sells locally produced and ethically traded goods. All round a fantastic local store with a global story.
Christchurch company TASKA has turned the global $23billion prosthetics industry on its head. Their prosthetic hand is leading the pack for durability and ease of use. It’s also waterproof.
Inventor Matt Jury began work on the hand in 2010, from his garage in Christchurch. By 2017 the prototype was complete, and the company went commercial, since selling hundreds of hands to a global market.
They have plans to begin work on entire limbs but were still focused on hand development.
Taska CEO Jamie Cairns has said the city was a hub of innovation, combining successful mechanical, technological and engineering businesses.
Every Kiwi has at one point owned something from Kathmandu. Founded in Christchurch in 1987, Kathmandu’s global headquarters is still based here. Globally it has more than 150 stores, and recently opened a flagship store on Cashel St in the central city.
These guys design gear to take on the rugged New Zealand outdoors, and sell the dream of adventure to millions around the world. They are a certified B Corp, committed to having a positive impact for employees, economies, communities and the environment. Their commitment to the city leads the way for others to explore the opportunity in Christchurch.
ChristchurchNZ’s Explore Your Place campaign encourages locals to support their city and region, its businesses and ultimately save jobs.