"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.


Waka Toa Ora newsletters over the festive period

The last newsletter for 2022 will be sent on Friday 16th December 2022.

The next newsletter will be sent on Friday 13th January 2023.

Have a safe-as summer

Get ready for a safe-as summer. Enjoy summer this year by being prepared and knowing how to stay safe from COVID-19.

Check your vaccinations

Keep up to date with your vaccinations before you go on holiday - including boosters.  Māori and Pacific people aged over 40 can now get the second booster.

Get RATs

Have enough RATs to test everyone in your whanau over the holidays and take some with you when travelling. Order them online or by phone and pick them up from collection sites around the motu.

Have a plan

If you get COVID-19 while travelling, have a plan to get home and where to safley isolate. Take RATs, hand sanitiser, face masks and your usual medications with you.

Attending or hosting events this summer

If you are hosting or inviting people into your home:

  • have hand sanitiser available;
  • open the windows and doors;
  • eat outdoors when possible; and
  • spend time outside.

If you or anyone in your home is sick, do not host gatherings or invite people over. Encourage friends and whānau who are unwell to test for COVID-19 and stay home.

If you are attending events:

  • do not go to an event if you are sick;
  • test immediately if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • stay outdoors as much as possible; and
  • wash or sanitise your hands when you arrive and leave an event.

Get help over summer

  • Call the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for free COVID health advice anytime - even on public holidays.
  • For any other non-urgent health concerns, call the general Healthline number on 0800 611 116 for free.
  • Check the holiday hours of your usual doctor or health provider.
  • Call the COVID-19 disability helpline for free on 0800 11 12 13 or text 8988. It can help with vaccines, testing, face mask exemptions, managing COVID-19, and any other health concerns you may have. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Hospital emergency departments and most urgent care clinics remain open. If it is an emergency, always call 111.

Get latest advice and information about COVID-19 in New Zealand, including information on testing, mental wellbeing and vaccines.

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.



News headlines from Waka Toa Ora and from Waka Toa Ora signatories.
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  • Canterbury moving to a restricted fire season

    The whole of Canterbury will move into a Restricted Fire Season on Thursday 26th January 2023 due to the increasing risk of wildfire
  • Waitaha Canterbury Hospitals relax visitor restrictions

    Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury has relaxed its visitor policy across all its facilities. Key changes include: Visiting hours for our facilities have returned to pre COVID-19 hours, except for Christchurch Women’s Hospital
  • Save the Emergency Department for emergencies

    Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Cantebury media release: 16th August 2022 Large numbers of people presenting at Canterbury’s Urgent Care facilities and the Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department means people with non-urgent conditions are having to wait
  • Composting 101 with Para Kore

    Join Miriama from Para Kore to learn about the different composting options and what ones are in action at Riverlution Eco Hub. Date: Monday 13th February 2023.Time: 5.30 to 7pm.Location: Riverlution Eco Hub (46A Vogel Street, Richmond)
  • Come and celebrate at Estuary Fest

    Join this FREE annual family fun day out celebrating Christchurch/ Ōtautahi's wonderful Avon-Heathcote Ihutai estuary. Date: Saturday 25th February 2023.Time: 1 to 5pm.Location: Mt Pleasant Community Centre (McCormacks Bay Road)
  • Feedback sought on future focused tree plan

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 2nd February 2023 A future focused plan outlining how we can grow our city’s urban forest has been released for public feedback
  • Take part in a Bioblitz at Muriwai o Whata

    Join Environment Canterbury, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Taumutu Rūnanga to celebrate biodiversity with a Bioblitz at Muriwai o Whata/ Coopers Lagoon - a special place of cultural and natural significance
  • Musical 'Month of Sundays' hitting the stage

    Selwyn District Council media release: 31st January 2023 Sunshine and music will come together in Selwyn this month, as the district kicks off a 'Month of Sundays' - a celebration of local musicians and bands
  • Come along to the Dr Anthony Angelo Memorial picnic

    The New Zealand Spinal Trust are hosting a memorial event for prominent spinal physician Dr Anthony Angelo. All are welcome. Bring food, drink and a picnic rug. Date: Saturday 4th March 2023. Rain day is Sunday 5th March.Time: 2 to 4.30pm