How to get a job on the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Project – New Zealand

How to get a job on the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Project – New Zealand

In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we go over Australian Mining and Construction projects from all over this great country of ours (Or in this case our Kiwi mates from across the Tasman).  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.

About the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Project

From the CERA website

Greater Christchurch has a population of just under 460,000 people, and it includes New Zealand’s second largest city. It is the gateway to the South Island and is its most significant centre of economic activity.

The series of earthquakes during 2010 and 2011 caused destruction in the city, to its infrastructure and services and the wellbeing of communities and people in the area. As a vibrant and strategic centre for the whole of the South Island, it’s important to recover from this disaster, adapt to ongoing seismic activity and enable a stronger and more resilient community and region.

The rebuilding of greater Christchurch provides an exciting opportunity for investment, innovation and job creation. Already much of greater Christchurch functions effectively and safely and is open for business.

The Treasury has estimated total rebuilding costs of $30 billion to $40 billion – the equivalent of almost 20 per cent of New Zealand’s annual GDP.

List of projects from the Christchurch Central Development Unit

The Earthquake Memorial

Te Puna Ahurea Cultural Centre

The Frame

Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct

The Square

Retail Precinct

Convention Centre Precinct

Health Precinct

Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Innovation Precinct

Performing Arts Precinct

Central Library

Residential Demonstration Project

Metro Sports Facility

The Stadium

Cricket Oval

Bus Interchange


Location Profile – Christchurch


Companies Involved with the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Project

An Integrated Services Team provides the overarching tactical co-ordination for the infrastructure rebuild. Professional Services Consultants provide the design services for the SCIRT programme of work. The Integrated Services Team plan the important infrastructure rebuilding work ultimately delivered by our Delivery Teams.

Our Delivery Teams are responsible for the day-to-day delivery of works. Our Delivery Teams are:

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The below video is an interview with members of the SCIRT team fielding questions relating to working on this project.

Potential Occupations Required on the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Project

  • Building Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Electrical / Air Conditioner workers
  • Metal workers
  • Plumbers
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning and Catering Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Health & Safety


Potential Qualifications to help you get a foot on the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction
  • Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP’s, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate

Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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