Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive
ChristchurchNZ Chief Executive
As I write my final Metropol column of the year, the last twelve months seem to have flown by. And what a year it has been – one that none of us could have predicted and one we certainly won’t forget in a hurry. So I’m pleased to be able to end the year on a positive note. The latest in retail spending suggests our community is heeding the call to support local and to spend to accelerate our economic recovery. In October, more than half a billion dollars was spent at local retailers and eateries – an increase of seven percent from the same month last year. Spending in the central city also increased for the same period, up 12 percent to $39 million. This shows that despite Covid-19, consumer confidence is high. I have no doubt this trend will continue over the summer, with several events coming up which will help to support our economy. Such as the University of Canterbury graduation ceremonies currently underway, the Bread & Circus Backyard Buskers Festival in mid-January, the Council’s SummerTimes events programme, and the cricket (a personal favourite!). Not to mention the Great Kiwi Beer Festival at the end of January, and the Nostalgia Festival in February. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of these events – and support our local businesses in the process. With Christmas just around the corner, I wish you Meri Kirihimete (Merry Christmas) and a safe summer season.
It’s hard to believe 2020 is finally coming to an end. At the same time, it doesn’t feel like a year has passed with the dramatic changes that Covid-19 has forced on us. I’ll be forever grateful to be part of the team of 5 million that acted together to prevent the spread of this coronavirus, in a way other places have not. I think of us entering the holiday season with the confidence to celebrate with family and friends, as well as enjoying those places special to us at this time. I’ll be spending Christmas and Boxing Days with family, as well as at the City Mission lunch, which I’m really looking forward to. I will also be spending the New Year with close friends in Coromandel as I usually do. Many people travel overseas in this holiday period, so we can expect to see people from all around New Zealand visit Christchurch. Let’s make them feel welcome. I get a lot of feedback from people who absolutely love the vibe of the central city. And I have to say I’m making the most of my annual tram pass. It’s been a tough year for many people, but I am hopeful that next year is a good one for us all. I will be back in time for the Duvauchelle and Little River A&P Shows and Bread & Circus Backyard Buskers Festival – proving that our own entertainers and performers are world-class.
Partly, Vxt, eClean Envirotech and Medsalv. Four companies that encapsulate Ōtautahi Christchurch’s spirit of exploration – and four companies which feature in our most recent campaign highlighting how this city makes innovative ideas real. Christchurch has long been the birthplace of innovation and technology-based start-up companies, from Tait Electronics in the 1950s to Jade in the 1990s and recent successes including Orbica and Seequent. The city’s entrepreneurial spirit has not been subdued by Covid-19. To support Christchurch’s recovery from the economic effects of Covid-19, ChristchurchNZ is helping these entrepreneurs by giving them a leg-up in creating new start-ups and growing existing businesses here. The storytelling in this campaign celebrates the businesses emerging in our city, and both their and Christchurch’s ingenuity, creativity, and personality. This campaign follows on from our recent investment in Canterbury’s existing founder start-up and innovation incubators, Te Ōhaka at Ara Institute of Canterbury and ThincLab at the University of Canterbury. We’re supporting these incubators to build the number of businesses they support and the depth of support available. Each year at least 35 businesses will be provided the best chance of success through these partnerships. Ultimately this work is about creating highvalue jobs and ensuring our city is seen for what it is: An exciting place to live, to work and do business. Expect to see plenty more from us here at ChristchurchNZ in 2021 as we continue to ignite bold ambition and create new and better economic opportunities for the city and its people.
The team at Stonewood Homes wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Christmas STONEWOOD H O M E S 54 17 December, 2020 Metropol