Kathmandu opens new home in Christchurch

Kathmandu opens new home in Christchurch 21 June 2016


  • Commitment to Christchurch rebuild program
  • Five star Green star built rating
  • Presence in innovation precinct aligns with Kathmandu innovative distinctive brand positioning
  • Reaffirms New Zealand heritage
  • Great team environment
  • Kathmandu today officially opened its new home in the heart of the Innovation Precinct in the Christchurch City Centre.

Kathmandu Chief Executive Xavier Simonet said the building, called Papa Kainga, Kathmandu Base Camp, reflected Kathmandu's commitment to Christchurch.

"Next year we will be celebrating 30 years of operating in New Zealand and the new building in the Innovation Precinct reaffirms our commitment and involvement in the rebuilding of Christchurch," Mr Simonet said.

"We are particularly pleased that we have been able to use timber recycled from earthquake damaged buildings."

Other recycled materials include rubber floors made from recycled tyres. Sustainable material include Forest Stewardship Council certified timber beams, and PVC free pipes and all paints and glues selected contain non-harmful chemicals.

In keeping with Kathmandu's sustainability plan the new office is 5star rated with energy efficient measures including LED lighting, motion light detectors and efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

It is estimated that using energy efficient installations can reduce total energy use by 30%.

Being part of the Innovation Precinct aligns with Kathmandu's brand positioning as it is a business with a focus on innovation and quality well designed products.

Mr Simonet said the new office was providing a better environment for Kathmandu's diverse team, with enhanced facilites for all 180 members of the team which consists of 25 nationalities.

The new building also reflects the substantial strengthening of design codes for Christchurch since the 2010-2011 earthquakes.

A brand new retail store is located next to the Kathmandu headquarters at 201 Masdras Street. This will showcase the newest product designs as well as operating as a training and development store for the wider business in core disciplines such as visual merchandising, fixture layout and design.


For more information please contact:

Helen McCombie, Citadel-MAGNUS +61 411 756 248