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Bringing Your Business and Skills to South Canterbury

South Canterbury offers a progressive commercial environment and fantastic lifestyle for business people considering a move to the region.

A relaxed family friendly environment and culturally diverse community are complemented by a thriving economy, skilled and stable workforce, low operating costs, strategic geographical positioning, well-established infrastructure and a reputation for business innovation. Set-up and operational costs in South Canterbury (such as property prices and wages) are significantly lower than in larger centres around New Zealand.

With a sound transport infrastructure and strategically central location, South Canterbury offers significant economic advantages as a central distribution hub for the upper and lower South Island.

South Canterbury in the central South Island provides quality education from pre-school to polytechnic, with three universities a little over two hour’s drive away. Good quality health and community services are also easily accessible.

See our LIVE section for more information on living in South Canterbury, including:


Business and Relocation Support


Aoraki Development Business and Tourism actively supports businesses and skilled professionals looking to relocate to or invest in South Canterbury.

We offer a range of free and fee-based services for businesses new to the region including:
  • overview of the South Canterbury business environment
  • reports on current business related statistics and trends
  • business introductions, contacts and referrals e.g. local Government, Chamber of Commerce
  • information on local services e.g. banking and finance, land and premise availability, trades, services
  • assistance and referrals for staffing and skill-set requirements

We also offer support for families of business people considering a move to South Canterbury including:

  • overview and contacts for education services (from pre-school to Tertiary) and other essential services such as healthcare
  • referrals to newcomers networks and the Aoraki Multicultural Council
  • referrals to other relocation related services e.g. real estate agents, moving companies, trades people etc
  • support with CV preparation and linkage to job opportunities

Contact us today if you are thinking of expanding or relocating your business to South Canterbury - we look forward to assisting you.

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