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The biggest city in the South Island, Christchurch, was badly hit by two devastating earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011, and the city is now in the rebuild phase. The earthquakes had tragic consequences, with the loss of 185 lives and thousands more lost homes and businesses.
But the people of Christchurch are moving forward with optimism. They are not just rebuilding, but completely re-inventing and re-designing the city. There is strong support from the city council for businesses and entrepreneurs in the technology and innovation space. The Christchurch Enterprise and Innovation Precinct (EPIC) is leading the charge, with support from the council, local entrepreneurs and the Ministry of Awesome. Civic art projects like Gap Filler and Greening the Rubble are helping people to flourish, by bringing life and love back to the inner city.
The Earth has settled down in recent months, and what better location to be part of something new and challenging? Christchurch is booming, with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the OECD.
And then there’s the lifestyle. There are not many places in the world where you can go skiing and surfing in the same day, but Christchurch is one of them. The Southern Alps are only an hour from the city, and the Port Hills offer amazing mountain biking, with grand plans to expand to a chair-lift serviced adventure park.
Make your mark on a blank canvas in the transitional city – get in touch today.