"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.


Immunise to help protect them: It's not too late to catch up

Immunisation saves lives. Getting your tamariki vaccinated is one of the best ways to set them up for a healthy future.

Vaccines on the National Immunisation Schedule are FREE for all tamariki under 18 in Aotearoa New Zealand.

FREE vaccinations start when babies are 6 weeks old and continue into adulthood. Immunising at the recommended times gives the best protection.

Our low and inequitable childhood immunisation rates puts us at significant risk of an outbreak of a vaccine preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough (pertussis).

Catching up on missed immunisations is easy.
Find about how to check if your whānau have missed any vaccines, and what to do if your tamariki missed a school vaccination.

Protect your whānau from serious diseases. Immunise - our best protection.

Welcome to Waka Toa Ora

Waka Toa Ora is a Canterbury DHB-led inter-sectoral collaborative partnership in the Canterbury region. The partnership is based on the WHO Healthy Cities model, and was previously known as Healthy Christchurch.

The key theme of initiative is that all sectors and groups have a role to play in creating a healthy Canterbury, whatever their specific focus (recreation, employment, youth, environmental enhancement, transport, housing or another aspect of health or wellbeing).

This inter-sectoral initiative fosters collaboration between organisations who have signed the Waka Toa Ora Charter.

Read the Waka Toa Ora Charter - updated July 2019.

The new name Waka Toa Ora communicates that we are all in a waka together. We are rowing in the same direction and navigating the many dimensions of wellbeing (physical, social, spiritual, and mental and emotional — hau ora, wai ora, mauri ora, toi ora). We are stronger navigating the regional landscape together.

There are currently over 200 charter signatories to the Waka Toa Ora Charter, including government agencies, businesses, voluntary sector groups, networks and residents’ associations. The organisations involved reflect a diverse focus and cover many aspects of health and wellbeing.



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