"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.


Tips for managing Christmas

Manage expectations – yours and others. In years to come, your friends and whānau won’t look back on Christmas 2023 and reminisce about how tidy your house was or how clean your windows were. They’ll look back on the conversations, the laughter, the backyard cricket match and who fell asleep first after lunch.

Here are some starter suggestions...

  • Perhaps you could agree to do a Secret Santa or Gift Exchange game instead of buying gifts for individuals.
  • Set yourself a realistic schedule and delegate responsibilities where you can.
  • Prioritise tasks but appreciate that you still may not get everything done – and that’s okay!
  • Set some time for yourself and stick to it. Tell the whānau it’s your day to read a book, go for a bike ride, hit the shops, sleep till noon or binge Netflix.
  • Go easy on yourself and others. At Christmas, it’s okay to have pavlova for breakfast.
  • It’s okay to say ‘no’. Decline the party if you really don’t feel up to it. Tell aunty that today isn’t a good day, but she can visit later in the week. Say ‘no thanks’ to another glass of wine if what you really want is something non-alcoholic.

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 Waka Toa Ora and from Waka Toa Ora signatories.
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  • Help protect and grow our natural heritage

    Selwyn District Council media release: 23rd November 2023 Selwyn residents are being asked to help grow a strategy to protect our unique natural heritage
  • Co-governance, human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    Te Kāhui Tika Tangata | Human Rights Commission has released a resource that explains the link between human rights, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and co-governance
  • Festive Fun at Te Matatiki Toi Ora | The Arts Centre

    This holiday season the Festive Fun programme at Te Matatiki Toi Ora | The Arts Centre features opera, concerts, singalongs, story time, Christmas shopping, and a sleigh-load more! Let them help you get into the holiday spirit with extra big dose of Chris
  • Fare trial influences bus patronage bounce-back

    Environment Canterbury media release: 6th December 2023 Five months into a two-year trial of simple flat fares, Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) believes the initiative is driving public transport patronage above pre-COVID levels
  • Come along to the Strawberry Fair in Kaiapoi

    Come along to the Kaiapoi Food Forest for a Strawberry Fair! This is a FREE event with gift stalls, food trucks, real fruit ice-cream, as well as live music, face painting and a bouncy castle. Date: Saturday 16th December 2023.Time: 11am to 2pm
  • New study sheds light on sea-level rise in Christchurch

    Environment Canterbury media release: 6th December 2023 A recent study of vertical land movement co-funded by us and Christchurch City Council has shed new light on the extent and speed of sea-level rise happening in parts of Christchurch
  • Critical repairs at Riccarton Road intersection

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 5th December 2023 Essential works are underway at the Riccarton, Clyde and Wharenui Road intersection following a critical fault in the traffic signals
  • Stress less this Christmas: Part 1

    The usual pressures of Christmas shopping, holiday preparation and increased demands on our time, are coming at the end of another busy year. The summer season is a good time to take some time out to relax and celebrate all the good things in your life
  • Connecting with passed loved ones this Christmas

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 5th December 2023 Christchurch resident Sarah Robb understands that the holiday season may be a challenging time for those who have lost their loved ones. When Sarah was twenty, her father died in a sudden accident