For Ōtautahi Christchurch, the people and sectors most severely affected by the pandemic include:
- tourism and related businesses (including retail, hospitality, accommodation sectors).
- small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
- youth, Māori, Pasifika and people in the 45-55 age bracket.
- graduates leaving universities and tertiary institutions going into the labour market.
- people with pre-existing vulnerabilities.
- The number of Jobseeker Support recipients in Canterbury increased 47 per cent from 13,256 in the first week of January 2020 (pre-Covid-19) to 19,431 in the week ending 27 November 2020 (compared to a 39 per cent increase across New Zealand).
Although international visitor spending in Canterbury has fallen dramatically since the border closures (September 2020 saw a 62% decrease on the same time last year), domestic visitor spending in Canterbury is still strong (a 26% increase on the same time last year), and overall retail spending reached $469 million in September 2020 (9% higher than for the same month last year).
The least impacted sectors have been:
- essential service businesses (including primary industries).
The impact on export activity has also been minor to date, although many importers and exporters have faced significant supply-chain disruptions which are expected to continue and change in nature for some time.