Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Kathmandu to join Chch Innovation Precinct

Kathmandu to join Chch Innovation Precinct

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the announcement that Kathmandu will become the second large private sector company to headquarter itself in Christchurch's new innovation precinct.

Kathmandu announced today it will locate its new worldwide head office within the Precinct, and will be bringing in over 150 staff including its product design, systems and online development teams to the central city location.

“Kathmandu has a proud history in Christchurch. It opened its first New Zealand store in the city in 1991 and since then has firmly established itself as one of New Zealand’s most iconic brands,” says Mr Joyce.

“Innovation and excellence in design is at the core of Kathmandu’s operations and the company will be a very good fit for the Christchurch Innovation Precinct."

Kathmandu joins Vodafone as key anchor tenants in the new precinct. Vodafone has previously announced that it will be locating its South Island Headquarters in the precinct with capacity for up to 350 staff. Construction has started on the Vodafone Centre which will also host one of only six unique Vodafone Xone technology incubators worldwide.

Mr Joyce says that with this latest announcement from Kathmandu, it is clear that the Innovation Precinct will become a top address for innovative firms located in the city.

"The Christchurch innovation Precinct will contain an exciting array of large companies, growth companies, and start-ups; plus supporting agencies like Callaghan Innovation and NZTE. When you mix in the new ICT graduate school and the CPIT campus just up the road, the Precinct will be a hotbed of commercial innovation in the new-look Christchurch CBD,” Mr Joyce says.

The Christchurch Innovation Precinct covers an area of approximately 3.6 hectares in the south-east corner of the Urban Frame and will be located within three city blocks bounded by Lichfield, Manchester, St Asaph, High, Tuam and Madras Streets.

The spatial framework and strategy report for the innovation precinct are available atwww.mbie.govt.nz/what-we-do/canterbury-recovery/chip.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Get More From Scoop



More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news