An Australian call centre company has opened its first office in Wellington, adding more than 150 jobs by Christmas.
CallActive was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday.
Chief executive Rick Allan said CallActive has already employed more than 50 people locally, and a new contract means they plan to have 100 more jobs by Christmas.
He said there are plans to promote Wellington and New Zealand to the world as the hub for customer management organisation.
Mr Allen said it makes more sense for English speaking countries to use call centres in New Zealand than in Manilla, India or South Africa.
He said New Zealand has more educated people, first world infrastructure, and is an easy and safe place to do business.
Mayoral candidate John Morrison said Mr Allan's decision to move the company from Australia to Wellington, is fantastic for the capital's economy.
He said there is talk of the possibility of more than 1500 new jobs in the next few years.