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Community and Public Health in Canterbury (Christchurch)
Canterbury 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, environmental health, and smokefree 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.
Supporting communities post-quake in the Hurunui and Kaikōura districts
Natural disasters such as earthquakes can have a major impact on people’s mental health – as anyone who has lived in Ōtautahi over the last seven years will know.
All Right? was launched to support the mental health of Cantabrians as the region recovered from the earthquakes. All Right? began working in Hurunui and Kaikōura from late 2017 on a range of initiatives designed to help these communities become more aware of their wellbeing and ways to improve it. All Right? appointed Rachel Vaughan in Kaikōura and Leanne Bayler in Hurunui to support this work.
While nobody can control the environment or how long it’s going to take to get back to ‘normal’ – it’s possible to do the things that help us look after ourselves.
- Kaikōura Views is a project that shares where 15 Kaikōura locals are at when it comes to their recovery. Sharing their stories and perspectives helps people know that other people are feeling just like they are – because you are not alone no matter how you feel.
- Tea for Two promotes the value of sharing a moment with friends, whānau and neighbours over a cup of tea. Sitting down for a cuppa can be a great place to start a conversation and help lighten the load.