"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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Keep up to date with novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get information on COVID-19, including about advice about being in self-isolation (Unite against COVID-19).

Get latest health advice about COVID-19 on the Ministry of Health website, including information on self-isolation.

Get help to look after your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19 (Mental Health Foundation).

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 you can take 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
  • Funding available for organisations that support women and girls

    The Minister for Women, Hon Julie Anne Genter, announced a $1 million fund for organisations that support women and girls in Aotearoa New Zealand as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response on 31st May 2020
  • Fares coming back for buses

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 4th June 2020 Fares will be reinstated on public transport services in Christchurch from Monday 15th June 2020 after several weeks of free travel
  • FREE breast screening at Nga Hau E Wha Marae

    Kia ora, Talofa lava, Bula Vinaka, Annyung, Nihao, Konnichiwa. The mobile breast screening bus will be providing FREE mammograms at Nga Hau E Wha Marae (250 Pages Road, Aranui) from Monday 15th to Monday 22nd June 2020
  • Webinar: Clinical Note Writing for Community Support Workers

    Develop the skills to effectively and clearly document your work in supporting people with mental health issues in this webinar with Dr Chris Taua
  • Increase in glyphosate use could save millions

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 3rd June 2020 Christchurch City Council is proposing a return to using more weed killers containing glyphosate. The move could save the organisation about $3.5 million
  • Host a Roast for Ronald McDonald House South Island

    Ronald McDonald House South Island is hoping to raise more than $50,000 to support Kiwi families via its Host a Roast™ community fundraising event during July. The concept of Host a Roast™ is simple

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