"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.

 Make summer unstoppable.

Make summer unstoppable

This summer will be our first under COVID-19 conditions. It’s important we look after ourselves and our whānau over the festive season and summer holidays.

As New Zealanders we cherish our annual summer holidays. We all want an uninterrupted summer - uninterrupted by the weather and uninterrupted by COVID-19.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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, like music festivals when you’re surrounded by people you do not know. Bluetooth tracing does not replace the need to scan NZ COVID Tracer QR codes.
  3. 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 while on you’re on holiday, do not wait until you get home. Call Healthline or your doctor or Nurse Practitioner to see about getting a test.
    COVID-19 testing services will continue over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. If you’re away from home, you’ll still be able to access tests.
  4. 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 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 Healthy Christchurch and from Healthy Christchurch signatories. For more news click here.

  • Water restrictions introduced across Christchurch city

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 14th January 2021 Level 1 water restrictions have been introduced across Christchurch to ensure the Council can keep supplying a fair amount of water while having enough in reserve for fire-fighting
  • Getting Through Together Digest: 14th January 2021

    Kia ora and Happy New Year! We'll no doubt be seeing and hearing those three words a fair bit over the next week or so, as many roll back into offices and workplaces around the country
  • Get ready for some globe-trotting adventure

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 13th January 2021 Anthony Harper Summer Theatre returns to the Botanic Gardens this week with a laugh-out loud adaptation of the classic 19th century travel adventure Around the World in 80 Days - produced by special ar
  • 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
  • Museum treasure hunt goes high-tech

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th January 2021 Canterbury Museum is going high-tech with its latest treasure hunt
  • Ageing willows to be removed at The Groynes

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th January 2021 A large number of willows by the popular dog park at The Groynes are going to be trimmed or removed, starting next week
  • Pop Culture Meets Nature: New exhibition at Eastside Gallery

    Eastside Gallery warmly invites you to come along to the exhibition: Pop Culture Meets Nature from the Gray Family
  • Mushroom area to spring up in former red zone

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 11th January 2021 A mushroom-themed education, play and foraging area will sprout in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Area in the coming months
  • Manager needed at MECFS Canterbury

    Are you a Health Practitioner looking for a pivotal part time leadership role? MECFS Canterbury is looking for a manager to assist the organisation in making a difference for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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