"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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  • 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
  • Upcoming Edgeware Village Christmas Market

    Come along to the Edgeware Village Christmas Market and find all your gifts for family and friends. Date: Saturday 11th December 2021.Time: 10am to 2pm.Location: Kohinga - St Albans Community Centre (1049 Colombo Street)
  • 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
  • Slip, slop, slap and latch this summer

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 30th November 2021 With the promise of warm summer weather on its way, Christchurch City Council is reminding people that portable or temporary swimming pools are not immune to fencing requirements
  • Vaccine certificates needed at libraries and pools

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 30th November 2021 People visiting many of Christchurch City Council’s public facilities will need to show their My Vaccine Pass when the city moves to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on Friday 3rd December
  • CHIC Newsletter for November 2021

    This monthly newsletter is produced by the Community Health Information Centre (CHIC) at Community and Public Health
  • Easier path for outdoor dining in Christchurch

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 30th November 2021 Hospitality businesses in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula will find it easier to get outdoor dining licences this summer
  • Libraries collecting helping hearts for newborn babies

    Selwyn District Council media release: 30th November 2021 A Leeston crafter has teamed up with Selwyn Libraries and the Canterbury District Health Board to give a helping heart to some of our newest Cantabrians