The Canterbury region sits at the heart of New Zealand's South Island/Te Wai Pounamu, stretching from Kaikōura to Waimate.

Lianne Dalziel, Chair of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum says that the region "has it all" - from beautiful landscapes, to a thriving economy. 

Canterbury is poised to seize development opportunities post-earthquake, especially as the focus turns from rebuilding to new growth.

There is significant potential across Canterbury - not least in the areas of tourism, particularly in North Canterbury.

We're focused on working with local people to identify where support is needed, and how we can accelerate economic growth for the region. And there's no shortage of good ideas and foundations to build on as this region continues to grow.

In August 2015, the Canterbury Mayoral Forum published its Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy. The strategy is a plan focusing on what mayors can achieve by providing leadership, facilitation and advocacy. The Forum refreshed this strategy in 2017.

Fast facts

  • Population: 612,000
  • Average household income: $100,900
  • GDP per capita: $57,080

Canterbury facts on the Regional Economic Activity Report