"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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  • Help keep RSV from spreading

    A common winter virus called Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is currently spreading across New Zealand. The virus affects all age groups but is especially severe for babies/ pēpi and infants less than one year old
  • Work on disused landfills underway

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 14th September 2021 Remediation of a former landfill site in Bexley is underway and plans to remediate another four at Le Bons Bay, Onuku, Barrys Bay and the Burwood Resource Recovery Park are being developed
  • Increase in road funding confirmed

    Selwyn District Council media release: 14th September 2021 National funding for Selwyn’s roading activities has risen under the latest funding round confirmed by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Seminar on consumer rights from Citizens Advice Bureau

    You are invited to attend this FREE Migrant Connect information session on consumer rights. This session will feature speakers from Consumer NZ. Date: Thursday 23rd September 2021.Time: 7 to 8.30pm.Location: Online via zoom
  • Have your say for a healthy greater Christchurch: Submission opportunities

    Submissions are an effective way for communities to have their voice heard when local and central government are considering proposals which affect where we live, work and play. Below are a number of consultations which are now open for comment
  • Have your say on final cycleway section

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 14th September 2021 Public consultation is open on the third and final section of the Nor’West Arc Cycleway, linking Papanui to the University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago Postgraduate Virtual Information Evenings

    Kia ora The University of Otago invites you to their Postgraduate Virtual Information Evenings. Explore Otago's wide range of programmes designed to help advance your career or gain specialisation in in-demand sectors
  • New internship to help young people blaze a trail

    Selwyn District Council media release: 13th September 2021 A new internship will help young people in Selwyn to blaze a trail into work
  • COVID Quality Audit Support role needed at Community and Public Health

    This Quality/ Audit Support role at Community and Public Health supports the effective functioning of the COVID-19 Response Team. This is fixed-term full time position for 12 months