"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.


February is Heart Health Awareness Month

There’s lots we can do to keep our hearts healthy, including following a heart-healthy diet.

Check out this handy guide to help stay in control of your food portions from the Heart Foundation NZ.

Use your hand to make sure your portions are a healthy size. Your whole hand is a good portion guide for a piece of fish or other kai moana, or 2 cupped hands is a good amount of non-starchy veggies.

Get a full guide to portions, as well as other heart-healthy eating tips from the Heart Foundation NZ.

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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  • Call for possible measles contacts to come forward and contact Healthline

    Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora media release: 27th February 2024 Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora is asking for people who are currently in New Zealand but who travelled in February on international flights to Melbourne, Australia from Dubai and Singa
  • Updated COVID-19 vaccine available in March

    A vaccine to combat the newer strains of COVID-19 will be available to New Zealanders from Thursday 7th March 2024. Pharmac has approved the transition to the updated COVID-19 vaccine for the XBB.1
  • Co-governance, human rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    Te Kāhui Tika Tangata | Human Rights Commission has released a resource that explains the link between human rights, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and co-governance
  • South Hagley waterway to be restored

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 28th February 2024 Addington Brook in South Hagley Park is being naturalised to improve the biodiversity and health of the waterway, enhance the landscape and restore drainage capacity
  • Come along to Canterbury Polyfest 2024

    Canterbury Polyfest is a representation of Pasifika traditional dance, music and customs featuring secondary school students from around Canterbury
  • Special event: Happy Birthday Kate Sheppard!

    Come along and celebrate Kate Sheppard's 177th birthday, with cake, coffee and an illustrated talk. Date: Sunday 10th March 2024.Time: 2 to 3.30pm.Location: Te Whare Waiutuutu | Kate Sheppard House (83 Clyde Road, Ilam).Cost: $7 per person
  • Unity Summit 2024: Five years on

    As we approach the fifth anniversary of the 15 March Mosque attacks, the Sakinah Community Trust is honoured to invite you to join an inaugural Unity Summit 2024. The Summit will feature prominent speakers in a series of panel discussions
  • 2024 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Is Globalization in Retreat?

    The world is in a new phase of globalization with the demise of policy liberalization and the rise of economic nationalism, industrial policy, and geopolitical tensions
  • Are you ready to be the next Super Mayor?

    Selwyn District Council media release: 27th February 2024 Super Mayor is now available to demo on gaming platform, Steam