"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.


Resources to help after the Christchurch incident

Here are some messages from the All Right? campaign after the distressing and shoking events in Christchurch last week…

Normalising our reactions

  • A lot of us are feeling on edge and upset right now – this is a completely normal reaction.
  • Disasters and big shocks take a toll on all of us and coping is not always easy.
  • During scary or surprising events, our brains react by releasing adrenaline. This response is our natural alarm system – our body telling us to be alert and ready for action. It’s there to help us, but afterwards we can feel shaky, queasy or on-edge, and that’s totally normal.

Looking after ourselves and each other

There are small things we can do to look after ourselves and others, even when times are tough:

  • Be kind to one another. Kindness is contagious, and boosts endorphins.
  • Take a digital detox, and focus on an activity you love. Reading, games with the kids, or a short walk.
  • Spend time with people you love – we all need each other. Talk about how your feeling.
  • Focus on the things you can control.

Get other suggestions for coping with these events on the All Right? website.


Welcome to Healthy Christchurch

Healthy Christchurch is a CDHB-led intersectoral collaborative partnership based on the WHO Healthy Cities model.

The key idea is that all sectors and groups have a role to play in creating a healthy city, whether their specific focus is recreation, employment, youth, environmental enhancement, transport, housing or any other aspect of city life.

This intersectoral initiative aims at foster collaboration between organisations who have signed The Healthy Christchurch Charter.

Read the Healthy Christchurch Charter.

There are currently over 200 Charter Signatories, ranging from government agencies, businesses, voluntary sector groups, networks and residents associations. The specialist focus of the signatories ranges from children's welfare to sport, from the arts to literacy.

Healthy Christchurch Logo.


News headlines from Healthy Christchurch and from Healthy Christchurch signatories. For more news click here.

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