"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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  • ChCh Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinics will be stretched into early next week

    Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury media release: 28th September 2022 The Emergency Department and Canterbury’s Urgent Care facilities are currently under significant pressure says Norma Campbell, System Wide Operations Centre Controller for Te Whatu Ora Wai
  • Waitaha Canterbury Hospitals relax visitor restrictions

    Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury has relaxed its visitor policy across all its facilities. Key changes include: Visiting hours for our facilities have returned to pre COVID-19 hours, except for Christchurch Women’s Hospital
  • Save the Emergency Department for emergencies

    Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Cantebury media release: 16th August 2022 Large numbers of people presenting at Canterbury’s Urgent Care facilities and the Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department means people with non-urgent conditions are having to wait
  • Peace Train moving to Botanic Gardens

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 28th September 2022 Christchurch’s Peace Train will be chugging off from a new location in the Botanic Gardens from this Sunday
  • Part-time Secretary needed at Tangata Atumotu Trust

    Tangata Atumotu Trust is looking for a secretary to provide part-time services to support their board which meets on a two monthly basis
  • Skate the City: Learn how to skate like a girl!

    Gap Filler are running another FREE Skate the City event. Join the fabulous Elissa Mah from Garden City Sessions and Ingrid Phelan from Phatsk8. These ladies know all the tricks to cruise around the city in style
  • Upcoming Community in Action Series in Selwyn

    Join this series of free workshops for Selwyn residents or community groups during October and November 2022. Learn on how to set up or manage a successful trust or community organisation. You can attend as many sessions as you like
  • Biketober's wheelie great line up

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 28th September 2022 Does your bike need a bit of a spruce up? Or do you fancy a cycle to the beach? How about seeing a documentary about a mother and cargo bikes? There’s something for everyone in the more than 50 event
  • Activities galore these school holidays

    Selwyn District Council media release: 27th September 2022 Young people in Selwyn will be spoilt for choice these school holidays, with fun activities and events planned from 1st to 15th October 2022