"Whaia te pae tawhiti kia mau, ko te pae tata whakamauakia tina, hui e tāiki e"
Pursue the distant horizons of your aspirations, hold fast to those you achieve.

 Unite against COVID-19.

Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is currently low in Canterbury. But the Ministry of Health have some simple tips we should all follow to help prevent future spread.

  1. Stay home if you’re sick. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. Call 0800 358 5453 for health advice if you have cold or flu symptoms. You can call for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. International SIMs should call +64 9 358 5453.
  3. Make sure you get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  4. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  5. Sneeze and cough into your elbow - or cover your mouth and nose with tissues.
  6. Avoid touch your face - including your eyes, nose or mouth - if your hands are not clean.
  7. Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  8. Keep a record of where you’ve been, when you were there and who you were with to help with fast contact tracing if needed. Using the NZ COVID Tracer app is a handy way of doing this.
  9. Self-isolate immediately if you are told by health authorities to do so.
  10. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up alert levels if we have to.

Work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy, if you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions.

Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.

People will have had different experiences over the last few months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

Get latest health advice about COVID-19 on the Ministry of Health website, including information on symptoms, mental wellbeing and the use of masks or face coverings.

Welcome to Waka Toa Ora

Waka Toa Ora is a Canterbury DHB-led inter-sectoral collaborative partnership in the Canterbury region. The partnership is based on the WHO Healthy Cities model, and was previously known as Healthy Christchurch.

The key theme of initiative is that all sectors and groups have a role to play in creating a healthy Canterbury, whatever their specific focus (recreation, employment, youth, environmental enhancement, transport, housing or another aspect of health or wellbeing).

This inter-sectoral initiative fosters collaboration between organisations who have signed the Waka Toa Ora Charter.

Read the Waka Toa Ora Charter - updated July 2019.

The new name Waka Toa Ora communicates that we are all in a waka together. We are rowing in the same direction and navigating the many dimensions of wellbeing (physical, social, spiritual, and mental and emotional — hau ora, wai ora, mauri ora, toi ora). We are stronger navigating the regional landscape together.

There are currently over 200 charter signatories to the Waka Toa Ora Charter, including government agencies, businesses, voluntary sector groups, networks and residents’ associations. The organisations involved reflect a diverse focus and cover many aspects of health and wellbeing.



News headlines from Healthy Christchurch and from Healthy Christchurch signatories. For more news click here.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch