Foundation Partners

EPIC would not have been possible without the support and counsel of numerous people and organisations. It is the courage, vision and enthusiasm of these organisations that has made this project possible in an extremely difficult commercial and construction environment.


At Google, we believe that an inspiring physical environment is critical to creative collaboration. We’re thrilled to support the EPIC Technology Hub, and can’t wait to see the great new ideas that come out of it. In particular, since software engineers are machines for turning caffeine into code, we’ve provided the infrastructure and raw materials for crafting the perfect flat white.

Google (especially the forty Kiwi Googlers!)

Duncan Cotterill

Duncan Cotterill is committed to the rebuild of Christchurch and we are proud to be involved in EPIC. Whilst this has been a significant pro bono investment for our specialist legal teams this project re-establishes 20+ high tech companies in the central city and we hope it will be a beacon for further development. The legal profession must be innovative in how it approaches the rebuild and this project demonstrated the success of the ‘can do’ attitude that is needed to rebuild our city.

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Major funder: Bank of New Zealand

BNZ championed the EPIC idea from the outset, and partnered with the on-the-ground entrepreneurs to transform the concept into reality. The bank applied a commercial lens and appropriate financial analysis to get this project off the ground.

BNZ CEO Anthony Healy says the decision to support the EPIC campus was an easy one. “It’s a place that nurtures collaboration and growth of the high-tech, high intelligence business community of Christchurch – which goes to the core of BNZ’s mission to enable a higher achieving New Zealand.”

The bank funded a significant portion of the upfront development costs with an innovative commercial funding arrangement whereby the majority of the project costs will be progressively paid back through rentals and grants once it’s up and running.

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Government support

New Zealand’s government will invest $1.8 million (excl GST) over the next three years to support the development of EPIC, co-funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

“This Government wants to ensure Christchurch remains an attractive place for the high-tech sector and the people working there. This is part of our wider support package for businesses that have been affected by the earthquake, and is a great example of a public-private partnership to create growth opportunities for Christchurch,” says Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development and Science and Innovation.

Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council has provided time-boxed land rent free for EPIC; and the project has been supported and financed by the Bank of New Zealand and underwritten by the Canterbury Business Recovery Trust.Visit us at:


At 2degrees, we’re committed to making our customer’s lives 2degrees better and, as EPIC’s mobile provider of choice, we’re aiming to keep the tenants of EPIC mobile in every sense of the word by supporting them for their mobile needs to even donating bike stands to EPIC’s outdoor area.

We’re very excited to be actively involved with such an innovative project as ingenuity, innovation and thinking outside the square are all part of what we consider as being integral to 2degrees’ values.

2degrees is on a mission is to deliver smart, simple products that provide great value to customers and we hope that our involvement with EPIC enables emerging local businesses to share their innovative projects with New Zealand and the rest of the world.

Weta Workshop

From humble beginnings in the back room of their flat in Wellington, Richard and Tania have built Weta Workshop to be a world-leading design and effects facility servicing the world’s creative industries. Weta Workshop have provided a good quantity of the amazing artwork you’ll find hanging in the halls of EPIC, mostly comprised of lead artist Greg Broadmore’s incredible “Dr Grordbort’s Rayguns” property.

Canterbury Business Recovery Trust Fund

The Canterbury Business Recovery Trust is underwriting parts of EPIC, which has enabled the project to secure funding.Canterbury Business Recovery Trust Executive Director Louise Edwards says EPIC is a wonderful example of businesses working with government, the public and the private sector to develop a model that will be hugely positive for Christchurch’s economy well into the future.

“This is an innovative project which as well as providing a home for 20+ small ICT businesses is putting Christchurch firmly on the hi-tech map and will be sure to provide huge economic benefits and opportunities.  The Trustees of the Canterbury Business Recovery Trust are delighted to be able to support this project, which is an incredibly positive step forward in the rebuilding of our city,” says Ms Edwards.

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Noel Leeming

Noel Leeming is New Zealand’s leading consumer electronics and appliances retailer and the flagship retail brand for Noel Leeming Group. Proud to offer customers superior services and solutions with the widest possible range of branded technology and appliances.


Canon leapt at the opportunity to engage with EPIC by providing the projector setup in the main hallway at a heavily discounted rate, which will be used to share news and updates between other HUBs around the world.

Bishop Interiors

Bishop Interiors Ltd is a family owned and operated business specialising in Commercial Furniture. The company was founded in 1995 by Barry Bishop following significant experience in the office furniture field from as early as 1973. Lisa McNicholl (nee Bishop) has worked along side Barry since incorporation. Providing solutions for customers rather than simply products has resulted in long relationships with National, Regional and Local organizations. .


Cisco took care of fitting out all of the networking infrastructure and video conferencing facilities you’ll find at EPIC today.


Oasis provided the trees you’ll find dotted throughout the EPIC hallways for everyone to enjoy.


Every day 185,000 PwC people in 157 countries work hard to build strong relationships with others and understand the issues and aspirations that drive them. In New Zealand, PwC employs over 1,250 people and has offices in the Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Canterbury andOtago regions.

Over and above our traditional service offerings, PwC New Zealand also has a strong industry focus, with multi-discipline teams dedicated to key industry groups in both global and national markets. For our clients, this means the best local knowledge combined with the broadest global experience.

Canterbury Development Corporation

CDC’s initial involvement with EPIC was as a conduit between central and local government, providing due diligence on the concept. We’ve been impressed by the levels of industry collaboration and cooperation EPIC has achieved and we believe it will make a valuable contribution to the city’s economic growth and diversity. EPIC has also helped bring businesses back to their rightful home in the central city. For CDC, EPIC is a testing ground of the concept that clustering and collaboration drives innovation and success; they have literally broken new ground in Christchurch and we wish them all the best for a successful, innovative future!

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Murray and Company

Financial Advisor to Epic Murray & Co was appointed by EPIC as its Financial Advisor.

The firm was able to draw on its considerable expertise in the property and corporate finance fields to ensure successful financing of the project.

Murray & Co assisted EPIC with the structuring and execution of the funding packages from BNZ, NZTE and MSI. In addition, and as part of the funding package, a partial underwrite of the project was required and Murray & Co successfully arranged this. The firm is delighted to have been involved in this worthwhile recovery project and congratulates EPIC on its initiative.

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Warren and Mahoney

Warren and Mahoney is a multi-disciplinary practice offering architectural, interior design, graphic design, urban design and environmentally sustainable design services. Warren and Mahoney supported EPIC because its a great idea, and will help regenerate the inner city.
Our role was to help Will and Colin with strategic design advice in the early stages of procuring the EPIC building.

We believe EPIC Sanctuary will be a catalyst for business and fun in the new city.

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Colliers International is the largest commercial property firm in Australasia.

We deliver real estate services globally through 15,800 professionals in 268 offices in 63 countries around the world, across six continents.

Colliers International has 12 offices around New Zealand and provides valuation, real estate management, project and building consultancy, tenant representation, research and consulting services alongside its sales and leasing agency business.


Deloitte brings together more than 1000 specialists providing New Zealand’s widest range of high quality professional services. We focus on audit, tax, technology and systems, strategy and performance improvements, risk management, corporate finance, business recovery, forensics and accounting services. Our people are based in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, serving clients that range from New Zealand’s largest companies to smaller businesses with ambition to grow.


Octa Enterprise and Innovation has been key to many of the projects we have successfully completed in our 39 year history. We are enthusiastic for the challenge of complex industrial and IT projects whilst public and private sector construction forms a consistent $100m baseload across the country. The EPIC project was a “natural fit” for us and we are pleased to be working with this exciting mix of IT companies.


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