"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.

What we all need to do to keep safe at Level 1

We cannot control the weather, but we can control COVID-19. Here are simple things we can all do to keep each other safe...

  1. Stay home if you’re sick.
    Do not travel or take part in activities if you’re unwell. It’s critical you stay at home and recover if you’re feeling unwell. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms call Healthline or your doctor or Nurse Practitioner to see about getting a test.
  2. Scan QR codes with the NZ COVID Tracer app.
    This keeps us one step ahead of the virus — the more we scan the safer we’ll be. Use whatever method works for you if you do not use the app, like the NZ COVID Tracer booklet.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth tracing.
    Bluetooth tracing allows you to receive an alert if you’ve been near another app user who tests positive for COVID-19. Bluetooth tracing is great for large gatherings and events when you’re surrounded by people you do not know. Bluetooth tracing does not replace the need to scan NZ COVID Tracer QR codes.
  4. Wear a face covering.
    Wear face coverings on public transport, domestic flights and when you cannot maintain physical distance in crowded places.
  5. Wash your hands.
    This is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe. Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

Get latest advice and information about COVID-19 in New Zealand, including information on symptoms, mental wellbeing, vaccines and the use of masks or face coverings.

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 keep RSV from spreading

    A common winter virus called Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is currently spreading across New Zealand. The virus affects all age groups but is especially severe for babies/ pēpi and infants less than one year old
  • MIHI Maori Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

    The MIHI Māori Mobile Vaccine Clinic is a service tailored to support Māori households with the kaupapa of manaakitanga hosted within marae and local Māori community venues in Ōtautahi
  • Webinar: Inclusion for Play

    Join this FREE online conversation from Play Australia with leading advocates for inclusive play. All are welcome
  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector

    Beehive media release: 29th July 2021 The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone
  • Ara Whanau Information and Application Evening

    Need a little help and advice about applying to study at Ara in 2022? Then come along to one of their FREE Application Completion Events
  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030

    Beehive media release: 28th July 2021 A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand - reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants - has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall
  • Seminar: Whakatakanga Tupeka Kore - Mission Tobacco Free

    You are invited to a joint Waka Toa Ora and Smokefree Canterbury seminar: Whakatakanga Tupeka Kore -  Mission Tobacco Free. Find out how you can support a smokefree future in Canterbury. Join this FREE event for kai and whanaungatanga
  • Start your cultural competency journey at Ara

    Did you know that around a quarter of New Zealand’s population identifies as Māori or Pasifika? Ara has some great introductory options if you’d like to gain language skills and a better understanding of these cultures
  • Launch of new online Waitaha Infant Feeding Resource

    The NZCOM Canterbury West Coast Focus Group - Rōpu Arotahi Whakangote invites you to join a gathering to celebrate the launch of their new online Waitaha Infant Feeding Resource. All members welcome. Date: Tuesday 3rd August 2021.Start Time: 2pm