Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Changing face in Christchurch as rebuild continues

Changing face in Christchurch as rebuild continues

Feb. 18 (BusinessDesk) –Construction has overtaken manufacturing as the dominant industry in the greater-Christchurch region, and population growth has lagged behind the national average, according to last year’s census.

The building sector replaced manufacturing as the region’s biggest industry, employing one-in-eight people, a rise of 59 percent since the 2006 census. Employment in retail and hospitality also declined. The location of employment has also shifted with the number of people working in the central city halving, to 19,419 from 39,213 city workers.

The figures show Christchurch’s central city population fell 2 percent, though the wider region’s population swelled 2.6 percent to 436,056 people since the last census figures in 2006. The national population increased 5.3 percent over the same period. Nearby district Waimakariri has grown 17 percent, or 7,000 people, while Selwyn district rose by 33 percent, or 11,000 people.

Overall, 21 percent of people in greater-Christchurch were born overseas, below the national average of 25 percent, but rising from 19.6 percent in 2006. The Maori population also grew 12 percent to 34,371.

The promise of construction work brought people from across the world. Of those born in Ireland who have arrived in Christchurch since the Canterbury earthquakes, 52 percent work in construction, similarly for those born in Brazil and arriving in the past two years 48 percent work in construction. About a quarter of those arriving from the Philippines, England and Scotland since the earthquakes work in construction too.

Youth unemployment was 12.5 percent, well below the New Zealand average of 18.4 percent. Unemployment in greater-Christchurch was 4.7 percent, higher than 4.2 percent in 2006, though still below the national average of 7.1 percent at the time of the census.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Insurers Up For More Payouts: Chch Property Investor Wins Policy Appeal In Supreme Court

Ridgecrest NZ, a property investor, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court over insurance cover provided by IAG New Zealand for a Christchurch building damaged in four successive earthquakes. More>>

ALSO:

Other Cases:

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news