"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.

Temporary pause for the Waka Toa Ora newsletter

There will be no Waka Toa Ora newsletter sent on Friday 28th June 2024 - due to the Matariki public holiday.

No newsletter will be sent out on Friday 5th July 2024 due to staff absence.

Any submitted items received up until noon on Wednesday 10th July will be included in the newsletter to be sent out on Friday 12th July 2024.

Go well this winter

Colder weather in winter means more people are likely to get sick. This increases the risk of illnesses being brought into your home, workplace or school.

Prepare for winter by:

  • Getting immunised.
  • Keeping up to date with COVID-19 additional doses when eligible. Remember some pharmacists can immunise.
  • Testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms, reporting the result and isolating.
  • Having a care plan ready for if you get sick including any support from whānau and friends.
  • Having the necessary medicines and cold and flu supplies at home.

You can prevent spreading or catching illnesses by:

  • Staying home and if possible, isolating if sick.
  • Wearing a mask in healthcare places and in enclosed spaces, like public transport.
  • Increasing airflow and ventilation.
  • Knowing when your child is well enough to go to school.
  • Washing and drying hands often and thoroughly.
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

Find out more about going well this winter, including where to get health care over the winter, looking after your mental health and illnesses to watch out for.

Winter wellness: Get your kete ready. Stock up on RATs, masks, prescription medicines and anything else you need for winter.

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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