"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.

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 everyone - of all ages and abilities.

PoT Signage

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.

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.

  • Christchurch Housing Forum: Housing and Human Rights

    Come along to the September Christchurch Housing Forum - an opportunity to hear perspectives on housing and human rights from: David Rutherford - Human Rights Commissioner Alan Johnson - Salvation Army Policy Unit Lauren Merritt - Ministry of Awesome
  • 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
  • Upcoming closure of Rata Counselling Centre

    Unfortunately, Rata Counselling Centre’s some 33 years of service to the community offering free and affordable counselling has come to an end
  • SYNAPS Forum on self harm

    Awareness will be holding a forum on Self-harm. This will be a forum for people with experience of self-harm and others to hear stories of recovery, tips for different coping strategies, your rights and where to find support
  • Agencies for Nutrition Action eUpdate 120

    ANA webinar now online A recording of our official launch of Healthy Communities, Healthy Lives: New Zealand Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity Sector Vision 2024 is now available online. You can view the webinar and vision online
  • Last week of ChCh City Council Drop in Sessions

    The Christchurch City Council is running a series of drop-in sessions for residents
  • Public Health Association Bulletin 420

    Wednesday 17th September 2014Welcome to this week's PHA Bulletin - an ELECTION SPECIAL View the PHA bulletin archive
  • Be Active Programme for Term 4 2014

    Sport Canterbury’s Green Prescription BE ACTIVE programmes are for people wanting to increase their level of activity and have fun along the way. BE ACTIVE is suitable for people new or returning to activity, and want to have fun along the way
  • Movies on the Marae at Rehua

    Rehua Marae invites you to special spring screenings of two iconic Kiwi films. Come along and support fundraising for the Whare and celebrate our unique Polynesian heritage through great Kiwi film-making as a community

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