"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.


Banish the back to work blues

Thousands of Kiwis are heading back to work after their summer holidays. The back to work blues just might come in with them as they walk into work.

The back to work blues are a common experience and can include feeling lethargic, unmotivated and resentful.

“Holidays are a great and necessary chance to relax, unwind and reset,” Mental Health Foundation (MHF) chief executive Shaun Robinson says. “It’s natural to feel a bit low when they’re over and we’re back to business as usual, but the back to work blues are avoidable.”

The Mental Health Foundation’s top five tips for individuals returning to work:

  1. Think about what you have to look forward to, and plan your next holiday if possible. It’s easier to turn your focus back to work if you know when your next break will be.
  2. Find ways to incorporate the Five Ways to Wellbeing into your day.
  3. Block out at least 15 minutes a day just for you to do something you enjoy.
  4. Take advantage of the lighter evenings and plan fun activities with friends and family.
  5. Get organised – you’ll feel less stressed if you take some time to plan your day and week ahead.

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.

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News headlines from Healthy Christchurch and from Healthy Christchurch signatories. For more news click here.

  • Avoiding a Legionnaires’ Spring Spike

    Canterbury DHB media release: 4th October 2018 Canterbury’s gardeners are being urged to take care with potting mix and compost to avoid repeating the spike in Legionnaires’ cases that occurred in spring 2017
  • Shuttle service to link hospital to central city

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 20th June 2018 People heading to Christchurch Hospital will be able to take advantage of a new shuttle service from Monday 2nd July
  • Speed limit changes in southern central city

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 24th January 2018 A 30km/h speed limit will be introduced on St Asaph Street and on sections of Hagley Avenue
  • Speed limit changes for Woodend roads

    Waimakariri District Council media release: 23rd January 2018 Drivers will need to slow down on several Rangiora and Woodend area roads next week when new speed limits come into effect
  • Celebrate Canterbury Japan Day 2019

    The Japanese Society of Canterbury invite you to Canterbury Japan Day 2019 - organised by many Japanese-Kiwi volunteers in Canterbury. Date: Sunday 3rd March 2019. This is a rain or shine event!Time: 10am to 4.30pm. Arrive by 9
  • Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch Notices: 23 January 2019

    SŌC Open Executive Meeting You are invited to hear “guest” speakers Anthea Madill of CleverGreen and Michael Reynolds  of Roimata Commons, who have recently joined the Executive. Date and Time: Tuesday 29th January 2019, from 7.30pm
  • Ground breaking course starting in February: Moving beyond #Metoo

    Moving Beyond #MeToo - Practice and Theory for a Changing World is an eight-week course starting at Canterbury Workers' Educational Association (CWEA) in February 2019
  • Philanthropy Summit 2019: Dr Jane Goodall to be keynote speaker

    Philanthropy New Zealand are very excited to announce Dr. Jane Goodall DBE – world-renowned ethologist, humanitarian, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace – as a keynote speaker at the Philanthropy Summit 2019
  • Aotearoa Bike Challenge gets workers pedalling

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 23rd February 2019 Meridian Energy's Christchurch team is aiming for the top spot in next month’s Aotearoa Bike Challenge after coming third last year

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