"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.


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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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  • Waka Toa Ora seminar: Preparing for omicron

    You are invited to a Waka Toa Ora online seminar on preparing for the omicron variant of COVID-19. This webinar is an update for community organisations from Community and Public Health
  • Health guidance for summer

    Stay safe from COVID-19 during the summer. This guidance from the Ministry of Health can help you prevent or minimise the spread of COVID-19 during what can be a busy social period. Download these COVID-19 key summer health messages [PDF]
  • Cantabrians urged to get tested after notification of COVID-19 case

    Canterbury DHB media release: 17th November 2021 With the Ministry of Health confirming a case of COVID-19 in Christchurch today, Cantabrians who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have visited a location of interest are being urged to get tested
  • Seven key points you should know about COVID-19 vaccines

    The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has been working with epidemiologists, and infectious disease and vaccine experts to cut through the misinformation that is circulating about COVID-19
  • New Zealand Food Safety advises consumers to cook mussels thoroughly

    Ministry for Primary Industries media release: 18th January 2022 New Zealand Food Safety is reminding consumers to thoroughly cook mussels following an increase in cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus around the country this summer
  • How to set a health goal for 2022

    NZ Heart Foundation blog article: 18th February 2022 A healthy lifestyle is all about building habits that become part of your everyday routine. A single meal or workout won’t make a difference – but a consistent approach will
  • Activity and convenience draws central city residents

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 18th January 2022 Pamela Cheney has always thought about living close to the central city. But it wasn’t until July when she managed to convince her partner Brad Richardson to make the move
  • 2022 Kindness at Work Calendar

    Start the year off right with this fabulous resource from RandomActsofKindness.org. Their awesome 2022 Kindness at Work Calendar is a year-long journey of kindness, compassion, and self-care designed specifcally for the workplace
  • Mayor Lianne Dalziel urges Christchurch to show its support for Tonga

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 17th January 2022 Mayor Lianne Dalziel is encouraging people to pay back the kindness Tonga showed Christchurch after the earthquakes by donating funds to help the country recover from the weekend’s tsunami