Canterbury's mayors unite to set new economic direction

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Published: 28 Aug 2015

To safeguard our district's economic prosperity, Canterbury's mayors and the chair of Environment Canterbury have worked together through the Mayoral Forum to produce the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy. It was launched recently by the Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce.

Post-earthquakes, we were told that Christchurch and Canterbury should expect a significant drop in economic prosperity but our thriving rural economy made sure that didn't happen. Now that we are told the rebuild has reached a plateau, we need to make sure the region's economy doesn't slow down. So, as civic leaders, we are acting now. Recent indications are, if we keep up the momentum, Christchurch and Canterbury can lead the country in economic prosperity.

Further information about the strategy can be found at

It's a great milestone for us all to have achieved such unity and agreement on a way forward to secure the region's prosperity. Together we can reach the goal of "a region making the most of its natural advantages to build a strong, innovative economy with resilient, connected communities and a better quality of life for all".

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021