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Community and Public Health in Canterbury (Christchurch)
Canterbury/ Waitaha is a diverse region with the sea, plains and mountains. It covers from north of Kaikoura to the Rangitata River in the south, and as far west as Arthur’s Pass. The area is the most populated region in the South Island with nearly 540,000 people, and more than 60 percent living in Christchurch.
The region’s population is predominately Pakeha with those Maori descent making up over 8 percent, those of Asian descent nearly 7 percent and Pacific peoples 2.5 percent, according to the 2013 Census.
The Christchurch office has over 100 staff, with most working in the areas of infectious disease and environmental health, or in educational settings.
The Christchurch office has a Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public. Unfortunately you can not visit this Centre to view resources.
What’s your vision for Greater Christchurch in 2050?
Greater Christchurch 2050 is an opportunity to reset and refresh our priorities post-earthquake and in response to COVID-19. The initiative is driven by the Greater Christchurch Partnership: councils, the district health board and government agencies. The partnership also includes Ngāi Tahu – strengthening local relationships with mana whenua and ensuring that iwi aspirations and outcomes are visibly integrated into the strategy.
The Greater Christchurch area includes Christchurch city and surrounding towns in Selwyn and Waimakariri districts from Rolleston to Rangiora. Partner agencies are committed to re-imagining the area, with a combined accountability to realising a plan that will strengthen and inform long-term partnerships with government.
“Over the past decade, this area has faced unprecedented challenges to its social, economic, cultural, and environmental fabric,” says Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
“It’s now time for us to look forward. We have the right tools, partnerships and planning capability in place to both respond to the many challenges we face but also to make the most of the opportunities presented by our people, our regional strength and our place in the world. The time for Greater Christchurch is now.”