The recovery of our central city is vital for the recovery of Christchurch as a whole, and will enable us continue to grow as a great place to work, live, invest and do business. The Council is focused on the need to create a central city that supports and promotes confidence in retail, tourism, hospitality and office and general commercial sectors.
- The earthquakes resulted in a 44% loss of employment in the central city, mostly from the area inside the cordon. Since 2012, the number of employees in the central city has increased by 3,500.
- Prior to 2010, the proportion of the City’s businesses and employment in the central city had been declining over time. The earthquakes exacerbated this trend with a consequent decrease between 2011 - 2012 of 34% and 41%, respectively.
- In 2013, the proportion of employees working in the central city began to stabilise and has continued to grow throughout 2015.
- Accommodation capacity in the central city was significantly impacted by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Hotel numbers experienced the most significant impact, with an 85% decline between 2010 and 2012. Since 2013, accommodation capacity has begun to rise again across the board.
- Since 2012, there has been around 680,000 square metres of new commercial floorspace consented in the central city.
Total Employees in the Central City
Proportion of Business in the Central City
Accommodation in the Central City
New Central City Floorspace
Source: CCC, Building Consent Records
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Christchurch Central Recovery Plan: The vision is for central Christchurch to be vibrant and well-formed, to attract people to live, work, play, learn, stay and invest.