If we want a truly global city, we need to make sure there are opportunities for all ages.
For Jacob, who grew up and studied here, that means building on the momentum and vibrancy we're now seeing in the city.
Three years into his career as a solicitor, Jacob has no plans to leave any time soon.
"I think previously Christchurch was seen as a place where you went to settle down and have kids. Since the earthquakes things have changed and there's a lot more going on. It's still a great city for families, but there's also real potential here for people and businesses who want to try new things."
Jacob believes we need to focus on initiatives that help young people engage with the city if we want to continue to attract people to Christchurch and have them living here out of choice, not necessity.
"We need more affordable attractive inner city living. We need to make better use of our public spaces, and we need the infrastructure and amenities that support a vibrant central city."