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Meet the marketplace for movers making prices fairer: Wise Move

Problem: You’re about to move a large item. Say it’s a motorcycle you’ve ordered from Oamaru that you’d like brought up to Rangiora.

If there’s just one of you, and your item weighs 300 kilograms, you realise you’re not going to be able to fit it in your car or ute, let alone lift the thing.

Next, you flip through the Canterbury Yellow Pages to the M section.

The immediate result: drowning in a sea of irrelevant adverts.

A sad solution for many is to think of the largest, least personable freight company you know of and get the bike picked up.

The final result: a moving job that’s potentially overpriced, overly time-consuming, and under-caring.

The solution is to list a free advert at, sit back and let competitive quotes roll in. It’s a digital marketplace to find your mover.

With chuffed customers getting their transport sorted cheaply in countries around the world, Wise Move is all about reputation.

The independent movers that sign up as providers grow their reputations through reviews left on Every mover listed has had security vetting and proof of identity supplied – so you know your goods have both assurance and insurance.

At the end of March, customers who’d been through Wise Move numbered over 193,000, with 725,000 shipments quoted.

All that experience gives us helpful data from which we can glean excellent information about prices, safety, security, vetting, accountability, travel locations, outcomes and availability.

Just click through and you’ll see the marketplace in action.

  • If you want to see the price Phil paid MotoCrossCountry to move his bike from Lower Hutt to Christchurch, that’s available at
  • If you want to see reviews from other people who have trialled the same business, those reviews are there too
  • If you’re impressed by MotoCrossCountry and would like to get a quote directly from them, that’s doable too.
  • If you want your mover to know the dimensions, specs and handling requirements for whatever you’re moving – and you’d like to upload a photo to demonstrate – that’s easily done. Plus you don’t have to do it over and over: one job listing will attract multiple quotes so Kiwis can find the best price. This saves time and money; Wise Move estimates the price of moving services can be 75% cheaper than standard moving rates if you are matched with the nearest or cheapest provider.

Sounds amazing, honest and inefficient?

Wise Move manager Emma believes so.

“A lot of senior citizens have found the platform really helpful in separating honest, independent and fairly-priced movers from other options,” Emma says. “People are finding Wise Move incredibly helpful for moving cars from the North Island to the South Island, bringing down boats, moving house, furniture or even livestock.”

“It’s about solving inefficiencies and offering Kiwis a market with more fairness – plus a chance for independent movers to find fresh customers.”


The Influencers: Peter Townsend

For as long as I can remember, the need to improve the interface between education and the workplace has been an issue. How can we better equip those in education to be as well prepared as possible for life beyond the classroom?


Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council
Independent Chair


Given its unique grouping of key stakeholders, (Canterbury District Health Board, Ara, Otago University, University of Canterbury, supported by Ngāi Tahu) Te Papa Hauora is well predisposed to address that interface.

In May, Te Papa Hauora is hosting The Future Leaders programme. This involves health students who are advanced in their training, being exposed to a wide range of topics and engaging with a variety of leading health professionals.

The students will be exposed to challenges they will face in leadership roles in their future work. The week long programme is about gaining a better understanding of the Canterbury Health System, its key drivers, and how it compares to other health offerings in New Zealand and beyond. There is strong emphasis on future scenarios and how to engage in new ways of working to shape our health system.

The students are challenged to consider patient demographics, culture, equity, funding models, infrastructure and politics, amongst other things.

We know from past experience that participants are better equipped to adopt leaderships roles, and we would like to see more of this type of bridge building in our community.


The Influencers: Leeann Watson

Over a year after the first cases of Covid-19 hit our shores, we continue to see considerable strain on our global supply chain, which could have significant long-term repercussions for both businesses and consumers.


Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive


The concern around freight is a “perfect storm” of supply chain challenges. The global surge in demand for goods teamed with factory supply issues has seen shipping lines changing tack – putting containers geographically out of balance around the world.

National ports too are struggling with issues around skills shortages and infrastructure. This has caused cargo operators to re-think their services to Aotearoa.

So how does this impact us? The products we see on shop shelves and the price we pay for them; our agriculture, manufacturing and construction sectors, and exporters who need certainty around delivery. It also puts strain on the transport industry – costing everybody more to do the same job. That increase will need to be passed on to the consumer.

As a small nation reliant on international trade for our way of life and to help turn the cogs of our economy, we need to ensure everything is being done to provide a long-term, resilient supply network.

The key will be taking a more collaborative approach between businesses and government to ensure our location doesn’t put us in the too hard basket, impacting our country’s trade competitiveness and consumers’ pockets long-term if left unchecked.


The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

We are now well and truly into autumn. Maybe the odd chilly day will give you a chance to have your say on a range of plans that represent significant investments in our city.


Christchurch Mayor


Ihave referred to the Long- Term Plan as investing in the future. I am aware of calls for austerity in the wake of Covid-19. However, under-investment in our key infrastructure simply passes on the problems and costs to future generations.

We need a balanced approach. And that’s why we are asking for feedback on a draft Climate Change Strategy at the same time. We need to act together. These two documents are critically important; they will help shape how our city grows and develops in the next decade and how we respond to the challenges and opportunities of climate change.

We know from our experience over the past decade that we need to plan for the unexpected. We have established a good track record of building on what we know and adapting to challenges we face.

In many respects we are a new city with new infrastructure and community facilities that exceed what a city our size would expect. That is the legacy of investment decisions made in the wake of a crisis. The legacy of the investment in relationships has also paid off.

We are at a turning point and we need your feedback to help us invest wisely. Visit to have your say.


The Influencers: Marian Johnson

At Ministry of Awesome, we are completely focused on growing NZ’s future high-value companies. One of the most exciting projects we are working on right now is how we can encourage more women founders into the start-up pipeline.


Ministry of Awesome Chief Awesome Officer


Not only do we want to encourage diversity in our start-up ecosystem we also know that the women of Aotearoa are one of our special Kiwi superpowers. According to the Index of Women Entrepreneurs, NZ ranks as the second most female- entrepreneur-friendly country in the world just after the US.

At Te Ōhaka, our start-up incubator reflects this trend with 13 female founders out of 23 start-ups. Elsewhere in the world, according to Silicon Valley Bank, only one out of four start-ups even have women on their founding team.

Diversity brings stronger innovative capability, builds healthier cultures, and broadens impact. But female founders significantly outperform their male counterparts. According to Boston Consulting Group, for every $1 of funding, female founded start-ups generated an additional 78 cents versus the 31 cents of their male start-up founders.

Furthermore, 2020 was the year of female unicorns (billion dollar start-ups) achieving a new record of 21 female founded start-ups compared to only four in 2013. At Ministry of Awesome, we are seeing increasing numbers of female founders with side hustles and bold ambition to take on the world.

This is an excellent sign for the future of Aotearoa.


The Influencers: John Bridgman

In what might be the best gauge of current developer confidence in Christchurch, we have just gone to market with our largest central city land parcel.

Ōtākaro Limited
Chief Executive


At over 8000m2 the site bordered by Madras, Armagh and Gloucester Streets is the biggest blank canvas development opportunity you will see this close to Cathedral Square anytime soon.

The site’s most significant neighbour is Fletcher Living’s One Central, where homes are selling fast, with close to 200 now purchased.

Naturally this burgeoning neighbourhood will need and support further commercial developments in the area. So, we look forward to seeing a range of proposals for the Madras Street land.

Having recently divested some other significant sites around city, we know there’s a renewed appetite for development in Christchurch.

Our sale of the former IRD building late last year will lead to the creation of a nationally significant centre for research, training and the development of dementia care related opportunities. A stunning new medical services facility is also on the way as a result of our sale of the former Oxford Clinic site last month.

So, I will be sure to let you know how we get on with the Madras Street site.

I am hopeful a successful sale of this size will also be a call to action for others who have been waiting for the right time to move forward with plans for their own vacant sites around this city.


The Influencers: Joanna Norris

Having wrapped up a fantastic summer of events, capped off with the biggest coup of all – securing Christchurch as host city for global sailing event Sail GP 2022 – it’s worth a look at why major events form a key part of our economic recovery.


Chief Executive


If you were one of the 13,800 people at the Blackcaps v Pakistan test, you’ll know the vibrancy family-friendly events bring.

If you were one of the 1.1 million broadcast viewers watching the T20 Black Clash at Hagley Oval you’ll have seen the exposure this gave our city and heard international commentators compliment our hospitality, urban culture, amazing street art and new experiences.

If you attended one of the 30 Bread & Circus Backyard Buskers Festival events you’ll have felt the sense of resident pride and community alongside the laughs and acrobatics.

If you’ve invited friends or whānau to visit our city to attend one of these events – or any of the other sporting, music, art or cultural events on show – you may have reflected on how far we’ve come in the last decade and just how much Christchurch has to offer.

We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better 2022 – Covid-19 levels allowing – drawing more visitors, adding fuel to our economy, creating jobs, supporting livelihoods and demonstrating why Ōtautahi Christchurch is a city of exploration and bold ambition.


Leeann Watson

The Influencers: Leeann Watson

The last few weeks have intensified the spotlight on Covid-19. We have seen changes in Alert Levels, which have again caused disruption in our community. However this time we were all better prepared, with systems and practices in place to be able to respond.


Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive


This was foreshadowed by the announcement of the arrival of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and planned roll-out throughout the population. The vaccine is positive news because it provides a degree of certainty and confidence for the community as well as businesses.

It is also an important milestone in moving towards operating in an environment with Covid-19 given the likelihood of this pandemic being around for the foreseeable future, following the latest outbreaks offshore.

As the roll-out progresses, we will be working with government to ensure there is good science and evidenced-based information around the vaccination for all employers to pass on to their employees, to ensure we are all able to make well-informed decisions.

It will be interesting to see the impact of the vaccine on how we manage our borders and Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) facilities and how this will evolve as we learn more about the virus and continue to develop technology and systems for rapid tracking and tracing of cases.

As the reality is that we need to learn to live with Covid-19 and in such a way that businesses can continue to operate, trade and travel in a Covid-19-safe way to continue to support our economy and the livelihoods of all New Zealanders.


The Influencers: Lianne Dalziel

I was in a coffee shop the other day when someone asked me if I was the Mayor. Turns out she had recently moved from Auckland to take up a job here, and it was her chance to let me know how much she was enjoying the move.


Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel


The rent she was paying was much lower, and the pace of life was a welcome change as well.

She thought the city was great and was only going to get better.

It was fantastic to hear a young person speaking about what this city represents to her generation. She said she knew others her age who were moving here as well.

This conversation represents the real opportunity our city has at our fingertips. We have enormous benefits that flow from having more affordable housing options and a relatively easy city to get around. We have fantastic facilities and will have several more that exceed anything a city of our size would normally have.

Facilities like the Margaret Mahy playground and our city library, Tūranga, make us a really child-friendly city, and we should never under-estimate the value of that for residents and visitors.

I know that the pandemic has caused major challenges for many residents and businesses, especially those that rely on international visitors, so we need to ramp up the domestic market. It’s time those of us who haven’t, to invite family and friends to come to the city and have a good look around.

It might even make some think about Christchurch as a place to live.


The Influencers: Joanna Norris

ChristchurchNZ Chief Executive

A growing number of Kiwis are eyeing up Ōtautahi Christchurch as a tempting place to live.

Twenty per cent of those recently surveyed said they were open to relocating to Christchurch within the next five years.

This is a great indicator of the vibrancy and profile of our city.

We regularly gauge the perceptions of people outside of the city, including their willingness to travel or move to Christchurch.

Perceptions are important. How people view our city, what they know, what they don’t know and how they speak about it influences our economic growth.

Waitaha Canterbury requires an additional 70,000 workers over the next 15 years to fill vacancies created by an aging population. We’re competing not just nationally, but globally, to attract a strong workforce.

If we want to maintain and grow our market share of the national economy, we need to work hard to attract people to the city and to understand what drives behaviours and perceptions.

Some of the most important factors are the cost of living, housing affordability, housing quality and ease of getting around – all areas in which Christchurch outperformed both Auckland and Wellington.

These results are hugely positive for the city, but there is always more work to do.

We know people want to see more employment opportunities available in the city.

So attracting businesses, supporting innovation and creating more high-value decent jobs will continue to be a priority for us in 2021 and beyond.