"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 now low at Alert Level 1. But the Ministry of Health have some Golden Rules 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 your doctor or Healthline if you have cold or flu symptoms and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. Work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy, if you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been, when and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Using the NZ COVID Tracer app is a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. 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.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of 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 self-isolation.

Dedicated 0800 number for health advice if you are unwell

You can call 0800 358 5453 for health advice if you have symptoms of COVID-19. It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. International SIMs should call +64 9 358 5453.

People calling this line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service. They have access to interpreters.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

Simple steps to help stop the spread of diseases like COVID-19

Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.

Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing. Cough or sneeze into your elbow if you don't have tissues.

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:

  • before eating or handling food;
  • after using the toilet;
  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses; and
  • after caring for sick people.

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.

  • Online form available for expressions of interest to work in health system

    Canterbury DHB media release: 4th April 2020 Canterbury and West Coast DHBs have made it easy for people to submit an expression of interest if they are not already employed by the DHBs but want to put their hand up and contribute to the COVID-19 response
  • Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

    Message from the Mental Health Foundation: 18th March 2020 Tēnā koe. It's a tense time for most of us. COVID-19 is scary and it's rapidly changing the way we work, socialise, travel, access healthcare, exercise, shop and live
  • Wipes go in the bin - not the loo

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 16th March 2020 Christchurch City Council is reminding people not to flush wet wipes down the toilet following a spate of wastewater blockages in Auckland
  • Getting Through Together Digest: 1st July 2020

    Kia ora. There is a lot of uncertainty in the world and it's hard to see when and how it will be solved - that can create some background worry for many of us
  • ‘Shovel-ready’ funding boost for Coastal Pathway

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 1st July 2020 A $15.8 million infrastructure project to finish Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway has won Government funding following a call for “shovel-ready” projects to stimulate the economy and create jobs
  • Sell-out opening month at He Puna Taimoana

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 30th June 2020 Christchurch’s new beachside hot pools complex has chalked up a sell-out first month. He Puna Taimoana has been fully booked for all its sessions since opening on Saturday 30th May 2020
  • CHIC Newsletter for June 2020

    This monthly newsletter is produced by the Community Health Information Centre (CHIC) at Community and Public Health
  • $1.2m funding boost for Parkinson's disease study

    University of Canterbury media release: 30th June 2020 University of Canterbury-led research that could help Parkinson’s disease patients learn more about their risk of dementia has received a million-dollar funding boost
  • Riverside park campaign comes full circle

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 30th June 2020 The man who led a campaign to get red-zoned areas along the Ōtākaro Avon River turned into a park has been given a promise by the Mayor of Christchurch that his dream will become a reality

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