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Christchurch IT hub welcome boost

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Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner has welcomed today's establishment of the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus in Christchurch's city centre.

The new IT hub, known as EPIC, is set to provide 16 high-tech Christchurch businesses with a much needed base after being without permanent homes since the February 2011 earthquake. The new hub is located in the former Para Rubber building on the corner of Tuam and Manchester Streets

Ms Wagner says the initiative reflects the kind of operational innovation emerging strongly in Christchurch.

"Hub activity like we will see at EPIC, currently shows our city's new way of working in clusters, providing new synergies and new opportunities."

She welcomes the creative use of such a central city location.

"The Para Rubber site represents a mark on the river of creativity through the city, with the new revitalised High St Post office with Alice in Videoland,. C1 Espresso, and Creative NZ," Wagner says.

The MP also welcomes the potential of an IT hub so close to CPIT.

"This will attract young, high-tech tech entrepreneurs, continuing our city's tradition of software and hi tech excellence. This can only benefit Christchurch, attracting and keeping young people in our city."

Nicky Wagner echoes Hon Steven Joyce's comments today that this is a great example of a public-private partnership to encourage growth opportunities for Christchurch.

"The Government wants to ensure Christchurch continues to be an attractive place for the high-tech sector and the people working there, and I am pleased to report this is part of our wider support package for businesses that have been affected by the earthquake," Ms Wagner says.

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