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Christchurch needs tens of thousands of workers for rebuild

Earthquake-hit Christchurch in New Zealand will require about 24,000 additional construction-related workers at the peak of its rebuild, official figures revealed this week.

Latest modelling data from the business group the Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) and the New Zealand Department of Labour show a demand for construction related workers at about 24,000 when the main rebuilding gets underway. Alternative scenarios put the range between 13,000 and 48,000.

Christchurch was devastated in February 2011 when a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city killing 146 people and damaging much of the building stock.

Christchurch City Council unveiled its plans to rebuild as a low-rise sustainable city last August, however, the city continues to be affected by aftershocks.

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