"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.

Healthy Christchurch newsletters over the festive season

The last weekly newsletter for 2019 will be sent on Friday 13th December 2019.

The next newsletter will be sent on Friday 17th January 2020.

Helping families to Chitter Chatter about emotions

All Right? has launched a fun new resource to help tamariki identify and manage their emotions.

Emotions can be tricky, but the more we learn about our feelings and how to manage them, the better we’re able to cope with what life throws at us.

Chitter Chatter is a new game designed for 5 to 12 year olds that makes it fun for families to get together and talk about how they feel. Chitter Chatter challenges include explaining an emotion to an alien, imagining a world where a certain feeling doesn’t exist, and acting out emotions in slow motion.

By helping tamariki learn about their emotions, Chitter Chatter helps to build skills that can be used for the rest of their lives.

Chitter Chatter packs can be picked up for free at Christchurch libraries for a limited time.

You can order Chitter Chatter from anywhere in New Zealand for a small cost on the All Right? website.

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

  • Promote your work at a Healthy ChCh lunchtime seminar

    Book a lunchtime seminar to tell others about your organisation’s work! Lunchtime seminars have been an integral part of Healthy Greater Christchurch/ Waka Toa Ora for more than six years
  • 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
  • Community Energy Action pop-up shop in Riverside Lanes

    Community Energy Action (CEA) are so thrilled to be offered this opportunity by Riverside Market and Lanes! They will be in one of the stores in this exciting new development to fundraise for their Curtain Bank for a couple of weeks
  • Submissions: Have your say for a Healthy Greater Christchurch

    Submissions are an effective way for communities to have their voice heard when local and central government are considering proposals which affect where we live, work and play. Below are a number of consultations which are now open for comment
  • Join The Wellbeing Challenge: Starts 27 January

    Four weeks can build habits that can last a lifetime. The Wellbeing Challenge is a fun and social way to increase your wellbeing, that is based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Martin Seligman's PERMA model
  • Come along to the Linwood Village Market

    The Linwood Village Market is held the first Saturday of the month from October to May. Bring your family and friends to this community market. Date: Saturday 1st February 2020.Time: 9am to 1pm.Location: Corner of Worcester Street and Stanmore Road
  • Uplifting Futures: Multicultural Exhibition 2020

    Come along to this year's Multicultural Exhibition at the Eastside Gallery - the theme is “Uplifting Futures”. Artists were invited to interpret the theme in any way they wanted and the results are bursting with vibrancy
  • Edible and Sustainable Garden Awards 2020: Entries close 20th January

    Four Community Boards are partnering with the Canterbury Horticultural Society to recognise those who are growing their own food. Entries close on Monday 20th January 2020
  • Bin checks focus on helping people recycle correctly

    Christchurch City Council Newsline: 15th January 2020 A team of four will begin spot checking the contents of yellow wheelie bins next week in a bid to improve people’s understanding of what stuff can be put out for recycling

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