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Our Vision

A City In Balance

Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city enriched in balance with a spirit of play that underpins all that we do. With wide open spaces and a thriving urban centre, it's the perfect place to live, work and invest where you can get an unrivalled lifestyle. 

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Christchurch Economic Ambition

The Christchurch Economic Ambition has a vision for Ōtautahi Christchurch where there is a balance between economic growth and prosperity, with equitable wellbeing, and the transition to a low emission, liveable city.

Our Ambition is to grow the economy, in ways that benefit people and the planet. It is based on us shifting to a regenerative economy - where more carbon is eliminated than produced and there’s a focus on reusing, repairing and repurposing materials, rather than ‘taking, making and disposing’ of them.

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Through collaboration with iwi, businesses, education and government, the city has identified four key growth areas - clusters. These are areas of potential global growth, where Canterbury has existing capability and local advantage. 

Ōtautahi Christchurch’s economic development strategy is driven by the spirit of exploration that runs throughout everything we do as a city. The aim is to create strong ecosystems around each cluster where students, iwi, education providers, industry and government can more easily connect to develop opportunities for work integrated learning, development of pathway programmes, joint ventures, increased innovation and R&D, and talent and business attraction.  

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Economic Insights

ChristchurchNZ is an authoritative city voice for economic development, insight, and analysis. Through regular publications and live monitoring of the Christchurch and Canterbury economy, ChristchurchNZ provides guidance and direction to ensure sustained prosperity for those that call this place home.
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Strategies & Publications

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Economic Development And City Profile Agency

Massive changes in the last decade have created a future-focused city with modern architecture and revamped infrastructure. City agencies and central government are investing in the ongoing prosperity of its people, and the creation of a world-class urban centre.

As the city’s economic development and promotion agency, the success of Ōtautahi Christchurch drives what ChristchurchNZ does every day. With this in mind, ChristchurchNZ has developed and collaborated on several strategies to ensure future prosperity for the city.

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