"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 reducing stress this festive season

Are you expecting this Christmas to be stressful - either for you or someone you know?

More than half of all New Zealanders feel added financial and social stresses during the festive season. For some of us, the pressure is on to create a magical day for our tamariki and whānau. For others, the Kirihimete period can increase loneliness and hardship, with limited access to kai, transport and other services.

Try to keep in mind that the true gift of the season is our presence, not our presents. Giving our time, our words and our presence makes others feel great, but it also lifts our own mood and makes us feel our lives have more meaning.

The Mental Health Foundation has some tips to reduce stress for you and others around you, as well as cost-friendly ways you can give this festive season.

Call or text 1737 if you ever feel Christmas pressure is affecting your or someone else’s mental health. Their trained counsellors are always on hand to help.

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Welcome to Healthy Christchurch

Healthy Christchurch is a CDHB-led intersectoral collaborative partnership based on the WHO Healthy Cities model.

The key idea is that all sectors and groups have a role to play in creating a healthy city, whether their specific focus is recreation, employment, youth, environmental enhancement, transport, housing or any other aspect of city life.

This intersectoral initiative aims at foster collaboration between organisations who have signed The Healthy Christchurch Charter.

Read the Healthy Christchurch Charter.

There are currently over 200 Charter Signatories, ranging from government agencies, businesses, voluntary sector groups, networks and residents associations. The specialist focus of the signatories ranges from children's welfare to sport, from the arts to literacy.

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

  • Avoiding a Legionnaires’ Spring Spike

    Canterbury DHB media release: 4th October 2018 Canterbury’s gardeners are being urged to take care with potting mix and compost to avoid repeating the spike in Legionnaires’ cases that occurred in spring 2017
  • Shuttle service to link hospital to central city

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 20th June 2018 People heading to Christchurch Hospital will be able to take advantage of a new shuttle service from Monday 2nd July
  • The Collaborative Trust Update: December 2018

    The Team at the Collaborative Trust would like to thank you all for your support over 2018 and your ongoing commitment to young people in Aotearoa
  • E-scooters focus of Christchurch online survey

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 13th December 2018 What do you think of Christchurch's shared electric scooters? The e-scooters have become a familiar sight on the roads and footpaths around Christchurch since mid-October when American bike and scoote
  • Cathedral site preparation work continues

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th December 2018 The steel framing in front of the quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral is coming down
  • National Geohazards Monitoring Centre goes live

    Beehive press release: 12th December 2018 New Zealand now has around the clock experts on the lookout to help keep the public safe from geological hazards, with today’s opening of a world-first monitoring centre
  • Next stage of Riccarton Rd work to get under way

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th December 2018 Work on upgrading the busy section of Riccarton Road between Harakeke Street and Matipo Street will begin in February
  • Update from the White Ribbon Trust: 12th December 2018

    Our thoughts go out to the Millane family whose grief will be unimaginable. So many New Zealanders have been horrified as this story has unfolded. This is a time to stand together, share that pain and show our compassion for Grace and her family
  • Smokefree Canterbury Newsletter: December 2018

    Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting last week where the team from Hāpai Te Hauora facilitated a workshop about Supply Reduction

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