About Christchurch

The Host City of Christchurch is excited to welcome supporters and teams from around New Zealand and the world to Christchurch for the 2016 Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships. It is an honour for our city to have been selected to host the event. 

Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. The ancient volcanic Banks Peninsula is dotted with charming townships and hidden bays.

Christchurch is a city known by many for numerous different reasons! 
  • Christchurch is traditionally know as New Zealand's Garden City and for many is the city that is most like the United Kingdom!
  • Christchurch is New Zealand's second largest city and is also one of NZ's oldest cities. This means that it holds a special place in New Zealand's culture and heritage.
  • Christchurch's Maori name is Otautahi and is named after Te Potiki Tautahi one of the original Ngai Tahu people to settle in the Canterbury Area.
  • Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and in-fact within an hours drive of Christchurch you find that over half the South Island population lives.
  • Christchurch has suffered a devastating once in a generation event, the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and as such the city and region has a globally unique opportunity to re-imagine its social, cultural and built environments. It will be one of the safest and most resilient cities in the world. World class technology and invocation can be seen along side history and heritage. 
  • Christchurch is one of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities. We will have a resilient strategy for our city to ensure that in the future we are better able to withstand shocks while maintaining essential functions, and can recover quickly and effectively.
  • The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan provides us with a clean, green, smart, more accessible city with a compact core and stronger built identity. It will be a city for all people and cultures, in particular Ngai Tahu heritage and places of significance
  • The private sector commitment to the Central City is strong. There are many emerging opportunities as retailers, the hospitality industry, businesses and Government agencies commit to a long term presence in the city core.  
  • Christchurch has the largest children's playground in the Southern Hemisphere, The Margaret Mahy Playground which covers 3500 square meters. 
  • Christchurch has world class parks and gardens eg: Christchurch Botanical Gardens, Hagley Park
  • Christchurch is home to two of the five New Zealand Universities, Canterbury University and Lincoln University .
  • Christchurch is the home of the famous Canterbury 'Crusaders' and numerous famous current and retired All Blacks including the recently retired captain, Ritchie McCaw.
  • Besides rugby Canterbury has a proud record in the sporting arena being the home of many sporting icons. eg: In Swimming- Sophie Pascoe, In Cricket- the newly retired Brendan McCullum
  • Christchurch and Canterbury are synonymous with sport. We are passionate about sport in our region and sport enjoys a strong following from people of all ages and abilities. 
  • Christchurch has a strong tradition in hosting international events.
  • Christchurch is the gateway to adventure and outdoor activities- from whale watching, swimming with the dolphins, the beach and all water sports like wind surfing, mountain/ rock climbing and skiing at world class resorts, road and mountain biking, hot air ballooning, play golf, bungy jump, white water rafting.
  • Christchurch and the Canterbury Region is home to world class food and wine eg: Waipara, majestic scenery and abundant marine life. 
  • Christchurch is the international gateway to all other regions of the South Island and to the Antarctica It is a bustling transport hub. 
  • Christchurch is home to the 'Cardboard Cathedral' one of the world's most famous transitional buildings.
  • Christchurch's urban regeneration shows creativity is alive and running through the city with transitional projects like the Re:START Container Mall not only coming to fruition but also moving sites as city blocks are rebuilt.  


Other Facts and Figures for Canterbury and Christchurch to do With the Rebuild
  • Global events are part of the rebuild of the Canterbury Region as these international events, festivals and sporting tournaments/ competitions  give us an opportunity to share our new city with the world. 
  • Sports Facilities were some of the first venues to be re-opened and re-built.
  • Hosting of global sporting events is a key part of our plan to take us forward.
  • While the rebuild is underway, we have worked with community groups to encourage vibrancy and creativity in the City. Transitional environments have been created by a new generation of young, imaginative people.
  • The bulk of the work rebuilding Christchurch's damaged infrastructure will be completed in December 2016. 
  • To date, 40 per cent of community damaged facilities have been repaired and rebuilt across the city and Banks Peninsula.
  • Since 22 February 2011, up to the end of January 2016, 83 citizenship ceremonies have been held by the Council and 7149 have received citizenship. We are currently organising one ceremony a month, where new citizens are presented with their certificates of NZ citizenship by the Mayor.  
  • As at March 2015, Canterbury became the country's second-largest economy, behind Auckland. The Canterbury economy continues to perform well. Canterbury generates about 13.6% of the National Gross Domestic Product. 
For more information about the Repair and Rebuild and Project Updates go to www.fututechristchurch.co.nz