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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.
LinKIDS Waitaha become part of Community and Public Health in Christchurch in January 2022. LinKIDS is a child health coordination service, which was established to support newborns into a variety of health services. This kapa (team) aims to improve tūroro (patient) engagement and Māori health.
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.