WellCan Forum

19 February 2013

Wellington businesses have the chance to help Christchurch rebuild as well as provide a boost to the Capital's economy, and you can find out more at the WellCan Forum on Monday 4 March.

WellCan Forum

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Grow Wellington CEOs


Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says there are many opportunities for Wellington businesses in the $30 billion rebuild.

"There are many Christchurch-based companies and organisations already working on the rebuild but they can't do it alone," she says.

"The rebuild needs our help, and Wellington businesses have the expertise, intellectual capital and the enthusiasm to provide it.

"Wellington's strengths, particularly in earthquake strengthening, ICT and the digital economy, combined with our proximity to central government, means the Capital's business sector is well-placed to step up for Canterbury."

Wellington City Council is a key supporter of the WellCan Forum. We are working with other local councils as well as the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce, Grow Wellington, ANZ Bank, Brendon Burns and Associates MACRO and the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce.

The Council's Economic Development Portfolio Leader, Councillor Jo Coughlan, says the Christchurch rebuild is likely to take years.

"That's a lot of guaranteed work, and considering how hard it can be to generate work at the moment, it would be a wise business choice to attend this forum.

"We have many exportable industries in Wellington. We have a robust digital economy, exceptional professionals in industries such as engineering and architecture, and we're already making our mark in the international market. This is a great opportunity for growth, while helping Canterbury."

The forum takes place at 3pm - 5.30pm, Monday 4 March at the Michael Fowler Centre. To register, visit:

WellCan Forum - Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce