The signatories to the Healthy Christchurch Charter agree to work together to promote, protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Christchurch.

We believe that by working together we will be able to achieve more than we could separately.


We agree that the following principles will guide our actions:

  • Health is a state of physical, mental, spiritual, social, environmental, and economic wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease
  • All sectors, organisations, groups and people have a role to play in creating a healthy city
  • Successful collaborations are based on openness, trust and accountability, where the individual role, identity and autonomy of each party is respected
  • The Ottawa Charter provides a common framework for health promotion internationally
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the founding document of Aotearoa - New Zealand and central to health and well-being in this country.


The signatories undertake to:

  • Communicate and consult with one another in a flexible and open way, using appropriate methods and allowing reasonable time for response.
  • Promote a commitment to health and wellbeing locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Meet regularly to address issues of mutual concern, develop priorities and plan the activities of the Healthy Christchurch initiative.
  • Develop cross-sectoral and inter-agency strategies setting out how we will undertake planned activities.
  • Contribute to the Healthy Christchurch initiative according to our means, and value the differing contributions made by each sector, organisation, group and person.
  • Ensure our own organisation's policies and programmes have a positive impact on health and well-being.
  • Respect existing networks and partnerships, and seek to work with these.
  • Jointly monitor and evaluate the impact of Healthy Christchurch on an annual basis through the Charter signatory forum.
  • Share responsibility for the outcomes from joint activities of the Healthy Christchurch initiative.

Download a copy of the Healthy Christchurch Charter [PDF].

Relationship between the Ottawa Charter and Te Tiriti O Waitangi

The attendees at the Charter development workshops and hui stressed the fundamental importance of two documents to the Healthy Christchurch process: the Treaty of Waitangi and the Ottawa Charter. Many groups already structure their work in response to these documents and felt any local document should reflect this.

Healthy Cities and the Ottawa Charter

Healthy Cities is a World Health Organisation initiative, launched in 1986, that attempts to address broad community issues and has been the major platform for addressing urban health in World Health Organisation's "Health for All" policy.

Healthy Cities is based on principles identified in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion 1986, which include:

  • Health is a social rather than purely a health sector matter;
  • Many factors influence our health, from individual characteristics, to health services, to social, economic and environmental factors.
  • Health is the responsibility of all city services;
  • Health is an outcome of collaboration between community members, planners and providers of public and private sector services

The Ottawa Charter identifies the following prerequisites for health: peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable eco-system, sustainable resources, social justice and equity and identifies five key action strategies to promote health: build healthy public policy; create supportive environments; strengthen community action; develop personal skills; re-orient health services.

Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the founding document of Aotearoa - New Zealand and central to health promotion in this country. The provisions of the Treaty drawn from the three articles are:

  1. Kawanatanga - closest English word is governance
  2. Tino rangatiratanga - Māori control and self determination
  3. Oritetanga - Equality

The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand has facilitated the development of the TUHA-NZ Memorandum (A Treaty Understanding of Hauora in Aotearoa-New Zealand). TUHA-NZ was developed to give a practical understanding about how the Treaty of Waitangi can be applied in a meaningful and practical way by health promoters in Aotearoa - New Zealand.

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