Business in North Canterbury

Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) is the economic development agency for North Canterbury. ENC works alongside businesses and people to develop an innovative and prosperous region. We offer training, networking functions, free assessments of business skills, job search and often have several specific on going projects dealing with broadband, agribusiness, district promotions and much more.

Culverden - first North Canterbury town to get free Wi-Fi

 Heather Warwick of ENC and the mayor of the Hurunui, Winton Dally, in front of the free WiFi signage in Culverden, North Canterbury

ENC has joined up with local broadband provider,, to bring free Wi-Fi to Culverden making it the first town in North Canterbury to provide free Wi-Fi to visitors along its main street. Owner of the local Red Post café, Trent Allison said, “It’s a fantastic initiative that will encourage more people to stop in Culverden. I think it will make a huge difference to our business, especially in the summer tourist months.”

Find out how Culverden worked with ENC to make it happen.

North Canterbury Broadband Survery

ENC are working to improve broadband and mobile connectivity in North Canterbury. The results of a recent survey  show that North Canterbury broadband is up to 1000 times slower than the average New Zealand connection, and New Zealand is ranked 42nd in the world for broadband speed.

ENC feel that this is an unacceptable situation and are leading an application to the Government to release funding to improve rural broadband and cellular network connectivity in our region. Read more>>


Latest Infometric and CAM Reports

Current Local Business Confidence

The latest Infometrics for the Waimakariri economy is available with several key points highlighted.

The latest Commerical Accommodation Monitor (CAM) report is also available for both districts.

In May ENC sought the views of a range of businesses in North Canterbury on the economic & labour market situation.

Please read the update prepared by ENC and BDM.

For your interest past surveys are also available

Business Attraction - Where Business Belongs

The Town Centres of Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Pegasus Town and Oxford have had town centre strategies adopted that set out the vision, key themes and specific strategy actions.

ENC has also developed a helpful guide for businesses considering the Waimakariri as an option - Where Business Belongs can be downloaded or contact us to post you a copy.

 Kaiapoi i-SITE at Night. Aaron Campbell took this image in 2014 
ENC District Promotions

ENC operates the Kaiapoi i-SITE and has the Visit Waimakariri WDC promotional contract. The Kaiapoi i-Site provides expert local knowledge and can also help you with bookings for accommodation, activities and travel within New Zealand.

Visit Waimakariri promotes our unspoiled district to the domestic and international traveller. They also produce the very extensive and popular Waimakariri Events calendar that showcase some of the 550 events held annually in the Waimak.