Christchurch Rebuild

On 4 September 2010, the Canterbury Region was rocked by a Regional Earthquake Sequence, triggered by a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake. On 22 February 2011, a Magnitude 6.3 earthquake devastated vast parts of Christchurch and claimed 185 lives. The damage to the centre of Christchurch was, and still is significant. 80% of the buildings in Christchurch’s Central Business District are to be demolished. 100,000 houses in the city have been damaged and 10,000 houses are to be demolished.

The impact of the earthquakes was immense – especially in the short-term. However, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes that, in the long-term, more people will come to live in Canterbury due to the opportunity the Christchurch Rebuild presents – especially migrants whose skills are needed for the rebuild.

The construction rebuild is expected to take over a decade. The present focus is on repairing the horizontal infrastructure in the city. The New Zealand Government will spend over 2 Billion NZD in the next financial year on horizontal infrastructure.

New Zealand requires skilled labour from off-shore to assist with the rebuild. On the figures supplied by construction industry training organisations, New Zealand’s total building trade workers would need to double over the next five years to cope with the rebuild, the leaky home crisis in Auckland and general economic recovery. This is only feasible with the help of migrants. There is also a need for overseas professionals such as lawyers and accountants as well as those who give support to professionals and executives.

Jobs Available

The need for quality experienced tradesmen across all trades, along with construction professionals in all disciplines continues as the rebuild commences and gathers momentum. Please find below a list of positions that is required to assist with the Christchurch rebuild. 

Please click on any of the occupations listed below for details of required work experience, qualifications a job roles and responsibilities:

*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and is merely indicative, other occupations may also be in demand.

Immigration New Zealand’s temporary Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) identifies those occupations in demand for the Canterbury rebuild, and will facilitate temporary work visas for applicants whose skills are listed on the CSSL. It is expected that the list will change during different phases of the rebuild.

Work and Live in Christchurch

If you would you have the skills set required for the Christchurch rebuild and you are keen to consider working and living in the Canterbury area, you are invited to complete the electronic form below and upload your CV, which will allow us to evaluate your eligibility to qualify for a visa and allow New Zealand Skills in Demand to assess your employment opportunities. Please answer all of the questions provided.

Free Initial Visa Evaluation Form

This is a no obligations FREE INITIAL NEW ZEALAND VISA EVALUATION and we will ensure that the information you have provided us remains confidential.

If your assessment is positive, you will be contacted by one of our team in the next five to ten working days. Please note - we will only be in contact with those who we believe have a positive chance of visa success.