"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.


What to do if you feel unwell

Stay home if you're unwell. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

Call Healthline on 0800 35 85 453 for advice if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms. This is to check if you fit the criteria and need to get tested for COVID-19.

A sore throat is often one of the earliest and most common indicators of COVID-19. Other symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • a new or worsening cough;
  • fever;
  • shortness of breath;
  • sneezing and a runny nose; or
  • a temporary loss of smell.

Some people may present with less typical symptoms such as only: fever, diarrhoea, headache, myalgia (muscle pain), nausea or vomiting, or confusion or irritability.

The virus can be passed onto others before someone knows they have it – from up to two days before symptoms develop.

Request your Rapid Antigen Tests online or by calling 0800 222 478. RATs are free for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are a household contact or who been instructed to get tested by a healthcare professional.

Get the latest on Canterbury COVID-testing and RAT collection centres (Canterbury DHB).

Feel unwell? Get a test.


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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  • People warned to stay away from beaches, rivers and floodwaters

    Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand media release: 27th July 2022 Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health is warning people to avoid contact with beaches, rivers and floodwaters for two days
  • Changes to hospital visitor policy to protect vulnerable patients

    Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury media release: 19th July 2022 To ease pressure on the health system and protect vulnerable and older patients, from 7am on Wednesday 20th July, temporary changes to Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury’s visitor policy take effe
  • Fundraise for better mental health system with mindfulness

    The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and The Kindness Institute have teamed up together to bring you the Mindfulness Month in August 2022
  • North Canterbury waste free workshops with Kate Meads

    Kate Meads from Waste Free with Kate and Co is running some upcoming FREE workshops in North Canterbury. The world is not going to stop producing, waste is never going away, and we are never going to get “back” to how it was before
  • Loan to support low-cost healthcare centre

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 11th August 2022 A community healthcare centre that provides low-cost health services to people in the eastern suburbs will be able to buy its Linwood premises - thanks in part to a loan from Christchurch City Council
  • Learn about careers with an arts degree

    Interested in an Arts degree but unsure about the career pathway it might lead to? Join this FREE event from the University of Canterbury to learn about the variety of jobs available after completion of an Arts degree
  • Council gifts buildings to community trusts

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 11th August 2022 Christchurch City Council is gifting buildings to two community trusts
  • Diabetes Christchurch Fundraising Night Out

    You are invited to attend a fundraising performance of an eclectic mix of three adult comedies from Brick Road Productions: Albert by Richard Harris; Lover Boy by Kent R Brown; and The New Quixote by Michael Frayn
  • Online Suicide First Aid Training Workshop

    A-OK is organising a two-session online Suicide First Aid Training Workshop. Learn a step-by-step guide to help someone who is having suicidal thoughts to consider their options and stay safe