"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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Update on the Places of Tranquility

Healthy Christchurch is leading this innovative collaboration creating six gardens of beauty and peace to fill in some of the gray demolition sites across Christchurch.

After some time in designing, consulting and obtaining sites we can confirm that two of the six sites are going ahead this spring 2014. CERA have confirmed the use of the ‘Orange Tree’ site on the corners of Manchester Street and Cambridge Terrace. The designs are for Pacifica (Maori and Pacific Peoples) and Greater South East Asia.

These gardens are for peace and tranquillity as well as family and community use with spaces designed for both. They are across from the Avon River and amidst some established trees so will be a great space straight away following completion mid-September 2014.

Find out more about the Places of Tranquility.

Toward an Accessible and Inclusive Christchurch

Why is access important to us all?  What is the vision that Christchurch could achieve? What can you do?

The Canterbury DHB worked with the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group to explore these questions and get people’s attention.

Cartoonist Brendon Wright created a short video exploring these accessibility issues.


Find out how urban design impacts on those with disabilities.

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.


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

  • Winter Chill for Canterbury youth is here!

    Winter Chill is just for you*: a series of fun and exciting events for greater Christchurch young people aged 12-24. *[And yes, by “you”, we mean “you” specifically, reading this right now
  • Check if your property is affected by Proposed Replacement District Plan

    Christchurch City Council media release: 27 August 2014 Christchurch property owners can now check how their property will be affected by the Christchurch City Council’s new Proposed Replacement District Plan
  • Sexual Health Seminar: Love and sex in the internet age

    Come along to this free seminar looking at love and sex in the internet age. Date: Thursday 18 September 2014Time: 1 to 4.30pm including afternoon tea
  • Te Taketake 2015 Addictions Practitioner diploma

    The Moana House Training Institute are pleased to offer another opportunity for people interested in attaining a qualification in working with those who have addiction issues and their whanau
  • Toward an Accessible and Inclusive Christchurch

    The Canterbury District Health Board has worked with the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group to produce a short animation that highlights the importance of accessibility in the Christchurch rebuild
  • Do a Little Dance Workplace Challenge

    The Body Festival is delighted to announce the inaugural Do a Little Dance Workplace Dance Challenge, in association with their lovely friends at the All Right? campaign
  • Presentation on making Christchurch dementia-friendly

    Researcher Karen Smith will be speaking on "Developing a dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia"
  • Research considers changes to pedestrian crossing laws

    University of Canterbury media release: 27th August 2014 A University of Canterbury research project has been considering the costs and benefits of a range of potential changes to pedestrian crossing laws that would bring New Zealand in line with the rest
  • The Great Climate Voter Debate

    The Great Climate Voter Debate is a rare chance to see all the major parties going head to head on climate change: National’s Tim Groser (current Minister for Climate Change Issues) Labour Deputy Leader - David Parker Greens Co-Leader - Russel Norman New

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