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Canterbury Health in All Policies Newsletter: July 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, wellbeing, health in all policies, Matariki

The rise of the constellation Matariki in the winter sky signals one of the most significant celebrations in the Māori māramataka or the Māori lunar calendar. The appearance of Matariki was interpreted as a sign for the year ahead and viewed as a significant indicator for wellbeing. Each of the whetū (stars) is connected to a factor that was fundamental to wellbeing as seen from a Māori worldview, such as the climate, food sources, dreams and aspirations, and the loss of a loved one. The Matariki star itself is connected to the health and wellbeing of people.

"Matariki, huarahi ki te oranga tangata."
Matariki, pathway to the wellbeing of man.

The word ‘wellbeing’ seems to be everywhere at the moment. Beyond all the ways to improve our individual wellbeing, changes are taking place to make wellbeing a priority on a local and national scale.

In May, the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill reinstated into the Local Government Act the four aspects of community wellbeing – social, environmental, economic, and cultural.

The reinstatement of the four wellbeing principles promotes a renewed recognition of the broad and important functions of local government in promoting community wellbeing and provides a mandate for councils to consider the effect all decisions will have on the overall wellbeing of the community.

The Government has also released its Wellbeing Budget based on the idea that policies and funding should focus on the long-term impact on the quality of people’s lives rather than short-term output measures. The Budget has five priorities for 2019:

  1. aiding the transition to a sustainable and low-emissions economy;
  2. supporting a thriving nation in the digital age;
  3. lifting Māori and Pacific incomes, skills and opportunities;
  4. reducing child poverty, and;
  5. supporting mental health for all New Zealanders.

We are hugely supportive of wellbeing being more systematically included as a key focus in both local and national government decision making. After all, one way of saying ‘including wellbeing in all decisions‘ would be ‘incorporating Health in All Policies’ (HiAP). These changes create even more of a mandate for a HiAP approach to engage and work across sectors to ensure that the implications of policies, projects and funding decisions truly improve societal goals, quality of life, equity — and the health of people and the planet.

Evon Currie
General Manager at Te Mana Ora Community and Public Health.

Read the July 2019 issue of the CDHB Health in All Policies Newsletter online.


  • Broadly Speaking: Helping to plant seeds for lasting wellbeing;
  • Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour Plan;
  • A win-win for health and public transportation;
  • Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All;
  • Canterbury Health System Alcohol-related Harm Reduction Strategy;
  • SDGs Voluntary National Review;
  • Global Status Report on HiAP;
  • Data that speaks across sectors;
  • Connecting - Events, Resources and News; and
  • New November Broadly Speaking workshop added!

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Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a structured approach that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts, in order to improve population health and health equity.

Canterbury's Health in All Policies Team is based at Community and Public Health, part of the Canterbury District Health Board.

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