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Food, Fibre & Agritech

New Zealand's Largest Agricultural Region

The sector has grown more than 60% over the past six years – meaning strong career opportunities.

Waitaha Canterbury produces one-fifth of the nation’s agricultural GDP and its fertile plains produce a greater range of products than any other region, from sheep, dairy and horticulture to honey, wine and seafood, making for a wide variety of career opportunities.

Food, Fibre & Agritech

Agritech Gets An Agri - tick!

Why Ōtautahi Christchurch?

Average annual rate of growth for the Canterbury agriculture industry - higher than the national average annual growth rate.
16,200 people
Employed in agriculture industry in Canterbury.
Percent of Canterbury workers employed in local agriculture industry.

You don’t need to specialise in agriculture to work in the sector – we need people with expertise in science, technology and engineering. The sector is facing huge environmental challenges – we need the best people to help us solve these problems.”


Ash-Leigh Campbell - Technical Farm Manager at Ngāi Tahu Farming

Food, Fibre & Agritech In Canterbury

The Food, Fibre and Farming sector employs more than 20,000 people, with opportunities both on the farm as well as off-farm in high-value manufacturing, marketing and research.

Ōtautahi Christchurch provides a logistical hub with support from world-class manufacturing, technology and professional services. This means if city life is more your thing, you can work in the agri-sector and live in Christchurch city - you really can have it all.

You can also upskill while you work with NZ’s land-based university, Lincoln, which is 20 minutes from the CBD. Its agriculture and horticulture programmes cover a wide range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and plant, animal and soil sciences, as well as management skills. It leads the way in viticulture, with the first tertiary-level cool climate wine production programme in the English-speaking world.

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