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City News - Sept 2018

News Update September 2018

The year is moving fast with Cup and Show Week on our doorstep and Christmas on its way. We also have the Hoyts Cinema complex due to open at the end of this month and Tūranga (new central library) will open to the public on 12 October 2018. At nearly 10,000 square metres, it will be the largest public library in the South Island and the flagship for the Christchurch City Libraries network, supporting 19 community, digital, and mobile libraries.

The Business Association has submitted on the Public Places Bylaw and Policy review and we are looking forward to speaking to it at the hearings. This is an important issue and one we as a city need to address, first and foremost for our people, the business community and the visitors to our city.  

We have also been working with many of the key city stakeholders to find ways to amplify the city message to bring more of our locals in to see their new city. One thing is for certain, we need a collective voice to effectively amplify a positive message. 

Deb Vaughan SmallCCBA Business Development 

Our new CCBA membership manager Deb Vaughan has started this week and she will be out visiting all businesses within our service area.

The aim is to boost our membership to a greater degree so we become more representative of the city business and commercial property owner sector. The bigger our membership, the bigger our voice. Our strength becomes your strength so lets become one voice. 

Central City Business Survey

The Christchurch City Council would like to hear from central city business owners about the current business environment in the central city.

Feedback is being sought on a range of topics and issues, including:

  • Transport in the central city
  • The factors that will be important for the overall success of central city businesses
  • The central city environment
  • What makes the central city an attractive place to do business
  • The main challenges and disadvantages of doing business in the central city
  • The features of the central city that are important in supporting central city businesses
  • The impacts of begging and homelessness on central city businesses

Your feedback is important to help inform decisions being made about the Central City.
The opportunity to give feedback will be available until the 30th September 2018 so we encourage you to give your feedback by taking the survey. 

Start the Survey

Public Places Bylaw and Policy Review

The Business association made a submission through the review process as we have concerns that the begging and homelessness issues have not been identified as an issue. 

You can review our submission HERE


This is a very exciting addition to our central city offer. The new HOYTS EntX will offer Cantabrians the ultimate movie going experience. Guests will be able to enjoy a range of offerings including HOYTS LUX, a premium in-cinema experience with dining options from much-loved celebrity chef, Manu Feildel. The complex will also be home to open candy-bar Treat City, along with Arties Bar and Café serving delicious hot and cold food.

Hosting some of the largest screens in Christchurch and powered recliners in all cinemas, HOYTS EntX will also have two Xtremescreen’s with Dolby Atmos, giving audiences exciting surround sound immersion.

Hoyts Image


South Alibaba Programme

The Alibaba South programme is a partnership between ChristchurchNZ, CIAL, and Alibaba, which aims to increase the economic outcomes for New Zealand from the Chinese visitors. It is the only dedicated marketing partner for Alipay in New Zealand and the only complete ecosystem to help New Zealand businesses succeed across the Alibaba platforms. 

If you do not have Alipay in your business you will need to start thinking about introducing it as most Chinese tourists use the Alipay app and make decisions on what they spend there money on through the app. With the number of Chinese visitors at 400,000 in 2017 and spending $1.4b per annum and is set to increase to 800,00 by 2024 with an annual spend of $3b your business cannot afford to miss out on this growing economy. 

If you want to know more about Alipay you need to do contact:
Jennifer Zhou, Alipay - Sales Consultant at ChristchurchNZ 
m: 027 290 4520

All the Central City Facts Stats & Figures  

The Christchurch City Council have gone live with their new central city monitoring pages. You can find a lot of useful information including spending from marketview, pedestrian counts and other statistics and facts. 

Take a Look

For more information contact: 

PAUL LPaul Lonsdale
Central City Business Association
Mobile:021 2233 963