Friday, 31 October 2014

The recovery continues to gather pace

As we get further in to the rebuild the numbers are becoming more definite. There is $100 million being spent weekly, every week, on the rebuild at present. That shows in every aspect of the city’s economy.

There is no doubt now that we are looking at, at least $40 billion total cost. Maybe more in repairs when cost escalation and betterment are taken into account. $20 billion of that is attributed to housing, $10 billion to commercial rebuilds, $7 billion to civil construction and $3 billion to infrastructure.

When everything is averaged out it looks as if we are about 25% into the rebuild. Horizontal infrastructure repairs are leading the way with probably 60 % of repairs completed. Housing is advancing rapidly with around 30% of repairs completed and commercial rebuild is now well under way with approximately 15% over all now completed.  The  major projects in our central city are advancing and it was a real pleasure to attend the opening on the Hagley Cricket Oval, the first of the Key Projects to be completed.

I am really impressed with what I see in terms of plans for private sector development in the central city.

We are going somewhere really exciting and I have no doubt that we are on track to realise the dream of being the most liveable city in Australasia. Go to  for a preview of some of the major central city builds.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Volunteers urgently required!


·         ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015.

·         Fourteen countries will compete, engaging one fifth of the world’s population.

o   Over 1 Million people will attend the games

o    1 Billion people will watch on TV

o   Over 400 players, support staff and officials

o   Up to 3,500 accredited media and broadcast rights holders

·         Christchurch hosts the opening game, opening ceremony, two other match games and two warm up games

Christchurch volunteers urgently needed 7 – 23 February 2015 (approximate) Apply Now! 


1.    Once in a lifetime opportunity

2.    New friendships

3.    Memories

4.    Work experience

5.    Playing an integral part in delivering sporting history across Australia and New Zealand

6.    Showcasing our city and country to the rest of the world

7.    A Cricket World Cup branded uniform to wear and keep

What CWC 2015 is looking for in a volunteer?

·         17 years or over at time of application – there is no upper age limit

·         25 years or over for fleet/transportation roles

·         Meet CWC 2015 Values - Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork, Inclusion, Adaptability

·         Positive and 'team focused' attitude

·         Strong communication skills

·         Approachable, personable and friendly

·         Willingness to go the extra mile and commit to rostered shifts

·         An outstanding ambassador for Christchurch and CWC 2015

·         Have accommodation and the ability to get to/from venues

The Volunteer Commitment

1.    Length of involvement and timing is role dependent as volunteer roles are varied

2.    Expected to do 6 - 10 shifts which may include:

a.    Match days February 14th, 21st  and 23rd  2015

b.    Warm up games the week prior to match games

3.    Shifts may include:

a.    Week days, weekends and public holidays between 7.30am – 10pm (note: start and stop times are approximate and will be confirmed when schedules are released in December)

b.    Early starts and late finishes during the Tournament.

4.    Attend an interview next week

a.    Monday 20th 5-8pm and Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd October 2014 between 4 – 8pm at the Canterbury Horticultural Centre

5.    Complete training commitment in early 2015 and attend uniform and accreditation collection.

a.    Time/dates will be confirmed closer to the time

6.    Agree to security check, Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy;

Apply Immediately! 

Register online:

Phone 0508 722 015 9am-7pm Monday – Friday


Volunteer Roles

Note: some of these roles are full, or close to full.  Please ensure you note your preferences when applying in case your first choice is not available.

          Accreditation  Centre Assistant

The Accreditation team is responsible for the production of all accreditation passes, as well as various customer service and 'trouble-shooting' functions.

          Commercial and Sponsor Servicing Assistant

The Sponsor Servicing Assistant is responsible for assisting ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 sponsors with their activations at match venues. This can include assisting with operational tasks such as the set-up of equipment, general administrative tasks or providing a point of contact for queries or issues.

          Media and Broadcast Operations Assistants

There are a variety of roles with the Media and Broadcast Operations team, and each role plays an integral part in delivering effective operational facilities (such as the Venue Media Centre, Media Tribune, Media Conference Room and Broadcast Commentary Rooms/Positions) in addition to broadcast and media services.

          Spectator Services Team Leader and Assistants

There are a wide variety of tasks which Spectator and Fan Services volunteers will assist with throughout the Tournament such as providing information to fans and the general public, way finding, welcoming, usher services and queue management. The team requires volunteers who enjoy interacting with people, are comfortable working in large crowds and have a 'can do' attitude.


          Fleet Centre Assistant

          Fleet Centre Supervisor

          Airport Load Zone Assistant

          Fleet Driver

          Venue and Load Zone Assistant

The Transport Team is responsible for the delivery of fleet services across all match venues - from team buses to car services.

          Workforce Assistant

Workforce Assistants provide support to the workforce and volunteers working at the Tournament both prior to and during the Tournament. They will be responsible for supporting a range of Workforce activities including assisting with volunteer interviews, training and uniform distribution in the lead up to the Tournament as well as supporting operations on match days.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

We've been busy!

This is an excerpt from a speech to our members at our AGM delivered by GM Leeann Watson.

It shows you just how busy we have been at CECC over the past year!

“The past year has been another busy one for the team. I thought a brief overview of what we have delivered might put this into perspective and also give you an outline of the support and value we provide to you, our members:

Richard, Shirley, Keith, Melanie, Rob, Helen and Steve provided members with advice, consultancy or resources across a range of topics such as HR, employment law, health and safety and export marketing to name a few, through over 7,100 engagements – almost double the amount a year ago.

Richard, Holly and Wendy managed and hosted 52 events with 6,922 in attendance including highlights such as the Royal lunch, two functions with the Prime Minister and our inaugural China Connections.

Mary and Alexia ran 164 training sessions supporting 2,152 members on topics such as health and safety, business growth, social media, marketing and leadership.

Lana, Jude and Lisa supported over 1000 newcomers and over 300 businesses who are now employing approximately 9000 migrants in involved in the rebuild of our city.

Shirley and our ExportNZ committee facilitated over 400 exporting members attended our 4 export breakfasts focusing on Food and Beverage, High Tech and Agri Tech sectors.

We hosted 9 international trade delegations –all very keen to engage with our city, our businesses and the rebuild

We celebrated and recognised business success with 1250 businesses thanks to Julianna, Richard and Holly at our 2014 Champion Canterbury Business Awards a few weeks ago.

Shirley, Rachel and Carly processed over 13,700 sets of export documentation.

To date, we have listed over 700 businesses on Collaborate Canterbury with the aim of creating collaborative partnerships for local businesses to build scale through collaboration.

Many of you here today were one of the 73,909 visits to our website over the past 12 months, which Kate, Chelsea and Steve upgraded earlier this year to make it easier for you to access support and information including over 100 free resources.

We continue to see strong membership growth and engagement from our members and Kellee, Anna and Anne will be known to many of you through their regular contact.

That is just a bit of a taste of how we engage with you, our members.”