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Online expo aims to help civil construction workers build a new life in Christchurch

Civil construction and engineering workers interested in a life changing move to New Zealand to work on Christchurch’s horizontal infrastructure rebuild are being encouraged to attend an innovative online event taking place on Sunday August 25.


Run by Immigration New Zealand and the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), the interactive online event will be a cross between a jobs expo and a panel-based TV show. It will be streamed live from New Zealand and include real-time Q&A with the employers leading the rebuild of earthquake-damaged water networks, roads and civic infrastructure. Users will be encouraged to submit questions relating to the rebuild, as well as more general queries on visas and living in Christchurch.


Attendees will be able to view a list of jobs related to the infrastructure rebuild, with some of the city’s largest employers expected to promote their vacancies. People can register free of charge on the following website:


Duncan Gibb from SCIRT comments: “There has never been a better time for anyone working in the infrastructure construction industry to consider a move to New Zealand. The Christchurch infrastructure rebuild offers unprecedented opportunities for employment, career progression and involvement in a significant city redevelopment and there are fantastic opportunities available for skilled UK workers willing to relocate.”


Rebuilding Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged horizontal infrastructure is one of the largest and most complex civil engineering projects in New Zealand’s history, worth over NZD $2 billion. The scale of the work required in the coming years means that filling the employment demand needs a multi-layered approach which includes recruiting from overseas. The current list of skill shortages includes drainlayers, forepersons, engineers, surveyors and project managers – with the full list available at

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