Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and the country's second-largest urban area after Auckland. Christchurch's economy is historically dominated by the agricultural industry and agribusinesses in Christchurch such as malting, seed development and dressing, wool and meat processing, and small biotechnology operations using by-products from meat works. In more recent times technology-based industries have become prominent. Tourism is also a significant factor of the local economy. New Zealand is in Oceania, and comprises islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. The climate is temperate with sharp regional contrasts. The official languages are English and Maori. Maori is only used in New Zealand and despite its official status, its speakers (estimated to be around 130,000 in total) struggle against it being lost. The main religion is Christianity. The Economy of New Zealand is a market economy which is greatly dependent on international trade, mainly with Australia, the European Union, the United States, China and Japan. It has only small manufacturing and high-tech sectors, being strongly focused on tourism and primary industries like agriculture (though both sectors are highly profitable). New Zealanders are usually quick to use first names. Expatriate business dress is typically a suit and tie for men, while women are expected to either wear a dress or a suit. The security risk for expatriates in New Zealand is low. Risks include street crime and theft. The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. The population of Christchurch is 396,700 (Urban) (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for New Zealand as at March 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in New Zealand is progressive up to 33%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Christchurch, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Christchurch as at 1 April 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Christchurch is for example 35.5% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 44.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 44% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Christchurch for an expat from Perth, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Christchurch) premium of 10% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Christchurch is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Christchurch? Register subscribe to your home location and Christchurch and run your personalised reports.