"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.

What we all need to do to keep safe at Level 1

We cannot control the weather, but we can control COVID-19. Here are simple things we can all do to keep each other safe...

  1. Stay home if you’re sick.
    Do not travel or take part in activities if you’re unwell. It’s critical you stay at home and recover if you’re feeling unwell. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms call Healthline or your doctor or Nurse Practitioner to see about getting a test.
  2. Scan QR codes with the NZ COVID Tracer app.
    This keeps us one step ahead of the virus — the more we scan the safer we’ll be. Use whatever method works for you if you do not use the app, like the NZ COVID Tracer booklet.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth tracing.
    Bluetooth tracing allows you to receive an alert if you’ve been near another app user who tests positive for COVID-19. Bluetooth tracing is great for large gatherings and events when you’re surrounded by people you do not know. Bluetooth tracing does not replace the need to scan NZ COVID Tracer QR codes.
  4. Wear a face covering.
    Wear face coverings on public transport, domestic flights and when you cannot maintain physical distance in crowded places.
  5. Wash your hands.
    This is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe. Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

Get latest advice and information about COVID-19 in New Zealand, including information on symptoms, mental wellbeing, vaccines 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.

  • Phase out sale of tobacco to reach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025

    The Cancer Society of New Zealand currently has a online petition for the Government to pass legislation that significantly reduces the number of tobacco retailers, to help reach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025
  • Independent group announced to advise on firearms matters

    Beehive media release: 6th April 2021 Minister of Police Poto Williams has announced the members of the Ministers Arms Advisory Group, established to ensure balanced advice to Government on firearms that is independent of Police
  • Predator trapping under way in Port Hills parks

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 6th April 2021 Community volunteers are helping with predator trapping in seven small parks and reserves on the Port Hills as a part of wider initiative to protect native species
  • More road works on Brougham Street

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 9th April 2021 People who travel on Brougham Street may experience some delays over the coming weeks as work is done to replace an ageing stormwater pipe underneath the Barrie Street intersection
  • Courtesy crossing trial in progress

    Waimakariri District Council media release: 1st April 2021 You may have noticed that we are trialling some guidance for pedestrians on some of our courtesy crossings in Kaiapoi and Rangiora
  • Submissions: Have your say for a healthy greater Christchurch

    Submissions are an effective way for communities to have their voice heard when local and central government are considering proposals which affect where we live, work and play. Below are a number of consultations which are now open for comment
  • Exhibition: From the North to the South

    Eastside Gallery warmly invites you to come along to their latest exhibition: From the North to the South. This exhibition features paintings from Vjekoslav Nemesh and several emerging and professional artists that have all attended Nemesh’s classes
  • Autumn 2021 issue of Hauora from HPF

    This issue of Hauora includes: Health promotion most optimistic of health professions, says Dr Grace Wong; Answering the call for social justice and equity; Taitamariki wellbeing a priority; Anti-racism posters join museum collection; IUHPE conference pl
  • CHIC Newsletter for March 2021

    This monthly newsletter is produced by the Community Health Information Centre (CHIC) at Community and Public Health

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