Hello, and a warm welcome to our community for expats in Christchurch! This friendly community will help you get used to the area, meet new people, and make friends. Whether you're moving to New Zealand for the first time or just heading to Christchurch from a different part of the country, we can help you with all the little questions you have that nobody else seems to be able to answer. Once you're used to using the forum, you will probably want to make use of it the next time you move. After all, there's nothing better than a friendly face to help you to settle in!
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Since the earthquakes that devastated the area in 2010 and 2011, the Canterbury community has embraced the unusual opportunity to build a whole new city. It's forward thinking, some might say futuristic, and above all it's exciting. There are employment opportunities in numerous areas, from manufacturing to IT. The residential areas are expanding, bringing with them opportunities for teachers, emergency services workers, leisure workers and many more besides. An example is the ever expanding area of Rolleston, situated not far from the Christchurch city center. In recent years, it has grown from a few small estates to incorporate shopping centers, restaurants, and now even a swimming pool and leisure center. Housing is built to last and so are the friendly and welcoming residents. They have put the events of 2010 and 2011 behind them and are looking excitedly to the future.
You will find that the citizens of Christchurch are a friendly and welcoming bunch. However, it is always beneficial to have the advice of people who have been in the same position as you. The Christchurch City Trotters get together to organize all sorts of leisure activities throughout the city. From hill walks to barbecues and brunches to pub crawls, the members are happy to get involved. If you want to suggest an activity you can post it to their wall. It's a great way to meet people, make friends, and get to know the area from the point of view of a local! For more networking opportunities, check out the local InterNations Events, organized monthly by our Ambassadors.