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Many New Zealand Businesses Affected By Christchurch Earthquakes

Posted Tuesday, 28 June 2011 11:35 a.m. by Swiggs

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This article originally featured on the website on Tuesday June 28th, 2011.

The September and February Christchurch earthquakes affected nearly two-thirds of New Zealand businesses in some respect, according to the 2011 Grant Thornton International Business Report.

The survey, which was undertaken post the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes, indicated that 18% of businesses had suffered long-term effects, 26% suffered a medium term impact and 20% had suffered a short-term hit.

Tim Keenan, partner in the Christchurch office of Grant Thornton New Zealand, said one of the main over-riding problems facing business in the city post the spate of recent earthquakes is the shrinking talent pool for staff and senior management.

“With it being unlikely that people, outside of the construction sector, will move to Christchurch in the medium term, the demand impact for talent and skills is likely to have an inflationary effect on wages and salaries. A critical focus of employers in the region is the retention strategies they are executing in their businesses as this demand for talent rises.”

“While the impact has hit Christchurch the hardest, businesses across New Zealand have also been affected. The report identifies a decrease in demand as the most significant factor, impacting on 48% of those affected while the destruction of transport routes and other infrastucture affected 26% of the companies, 24% incurred a reduction in staff and management morale while 20% of staff and management suffered destruction of their homes. The destruction of business premises affected 18% of businesses.

“What the earthquakes have done is make businesses focus intently on their own disaster recovery plans and future contingencies,” he...