22 Jul 2013

Rebuild attracting more migrants to Christchurch

10:25 pm on 22 July 2013

The Christchurch rebuild is behind a record number of migrants moving from overseas to settle in Canterbury.

Figures released on Monday from Statistics New Zealand show 636 people moved to greater Christchurch from overseas in June - the biggest number for the month since the office began publishing data in 1990.

In the six months to 30 June, 4409 people migrated to greater Christchurch - almost 25 people a day.

At the same time, the number of people leaving is down - 150 left Christchurch for Australia in June - the lowest amount for any month since November 2009.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority acting chief executive Warwick Isaacs says job opportunities in construction and trades, as well as the supporting industries, make the city an attractive proposition.