Christchurch Rebuild Update – New Zealand Skills in Demand

Christchurch Rebuild Update

April 2012

Welcome to the April 2012 addition of the New Zealand Skills In Demand Christchurch Rebuild update.

Key Points:

  • Infrastructure repairs have begun on arterial roads – this will cause major traffic delays in some areas.
  • White Zone announcements are still pending – possibility for additional flight and push back once decisions are made, especially from those who are Red Zoned due to rock fall risk.
  • Short-term accommodation remains a real issue. Generally, rental costs are escalating.
  • Demolition has begun in White Zone areas. Some areas worse than others – 1/3 of houses in Mt Pleasant are set for demolition.
  • A geographical split between West Christchurch and East Christchurch is also causing a perceived social split because those in the West have little understanding of the day-to-day frustrations facing those in the East.
  • The New Zealand Government has set up the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) to create a blueprint for the rebuild of the central city. The CCDU has 100 days to deliver the blueprint.
  • Owners of property in the Residential Red Zone have been given a three month extension in time for accepting the Government’s offer in respect of damaged homes.

Case Study:

Skills In Demand has recently placed a senior project manager with Christchurch’s leading infrastructure organisation. His role will be assisting in the construction of new pumping stations as part of the Rebuild effort.

Earthquake Counter

  • Since 4 September 2010, the total number of earthquakes detected in the region is 10,234 (as at 30 April 2012).
  • Canterbury residents have likely felt 3,095 earthquakes since 4 September 2010.
Mag 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-7 7+
Num 2,701 353 36 3 1

Current briefs:

  • Land surveyors
  • Structural and geotechnical engineers
  • Construction project managers
  • Roading engineers
  • Diesel mechanics
  • Site managers – groundworks / construction


  • New Zealand Skills In Demand has formed a strategic partnership with Migration Associates, a visa consultancy specialising in New Zealand visas (


  • Attended Skilled Migrant Jobs expos in Twickenham and Birmingham in April (
  • Will be attending Down Under Live expo in Birmingham on 26 – 27 May 2012 (

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