Healthy Christchurch has an invested interest in housing as a key determinant of health and wellbeing.
We contribute to initiatives addressing housing issues. This work includes compiling information about housing activities in greater Canterbury, providing an umbrella for strategic discussions about housing and linking with others to address specific housing issues.
Keeping warm and well in your home during the winter
Keeping warm and well during the winter months is a continuing focus for many organisations and individuals in Christchurch and Canterbury. Healthy Christchurch aims to support those organisations working on these issues, and to provide information on some of the winter-related services available within the community.
When thinking about warmth and wellness during winter, it is about more than just warm homes. Other things to consider and plan for include fuel security, social isolation, and mental well-being.
Two papers on housing issues are available as part of the City Health Profile:
Support services and advice on making your home healthier
Build Back Smarter is a free service providing advice to homeowners on making their homes healthier, warmer, drier, and cheaper to run.
Arrange for a Home Energy Check from Community Energy Action - expert and impartial advice that is free if you have a Community Services Card.
Community Energy Action can also provide assistance and advice on insulation, and run a Curtain Bank.
Check out the Energy Wise NZ website for information and advice on having a healthier and warmer home.
Resources to help keep you warm and well this winter
Download one of the Stay Warm and Well this Winter leaflets:
Download a translation of the messages from the Family and Home pamphlets:
Order copies of these leaflets and pamphlets from the Community Health Information Centre (Community and Public Health).
Discover the Canterbury District Health Board's position on home heating and air quality [PDF].
Get more information on housing issues on the Community and Public Health website.