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Christchurch, New Zealand

Monday, March 30, 2009

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the country's second-largest urban area. Because an average of one in eight acres of the city is devoted to parks, public gardens and other recreation areas, the city earned the nickname Garden City.

Christchurch is also the gateway to the Antartic. It has the base facilities that serves as jump-off point for antartic explorations and programmes. It also have a museum and visitor center where arctic activites are exhibited.

Aside from its gardens and parks, Christchurch also offers a large collection of Gothic architecture within the city and provides a continuous stream of events and festivals.

The economic core of Christchurch has always been the agricultural industry because of its rich agricultural environs. From its traditional agribusinesses, it has diversified into the wine and horticulture industries. It has become the country's second most important industrial center since technology-based industries sprung up in the last decades or so.

Migrants and visitors in the region are taken cared of by the New Zealand (NZ)Immigration branch in Christchurch. The branch is responsible visitor permits, work permits, returning visas in and around the South Island and have a dedicated team for skilled migrants applications.

The Philippine Society of Canterbury, Inc. is the Filipino community organization in Christchurch. Its primary aim is to promote the welfare and well-being of Filipinos residing in New Zealand.

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