Dunedin City Council says the city could create a new industry making modular houses for Christchurch.
South Island communities are looking for business opportunities as post-earthquake reconstruction ramps up.
Business information sessions about being part of the $30 billion rebuild are being held throughout the South Island.
The council says it is becoming clear the best opportunities are in making things and shipping them to Christchurch.
The Canterbury Chamber of Commerce agrees, but says construction projects must be done through partnerships with companies already operating in Christchurch.