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Community and Public Health in Mid Canterbury (Ashburton)
The Mid Canterbury region covers the central South Island between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers (the Ashburton District), with Ashburton as the main township. The area is one of the fastest growing rural districts in New Zealand, and is becoming more ethnically diverse with over the half the recent population increase resulting from arriving international migrants (2006 to 2011).
Community and Public Health provides services to the more than 33,000 people of this area, and is based at the Ashburton Hospital site.
The small team in Ashburton is made up of two health promoters and an administrator. These staff focus on:
- working with local Māori to ensure available health services are promoted and accessible to Māori;
- using the Health Promoting Schools framework to promote healthy food choices and healthy environments for physical activity in schools;
- promoting healthy nutrition choices and healthy environments for physical activity in workplaces and the community;
- supporting workplaces through the WorkWell programme; and
- promoting the Smokefree message.
Christchurch-based staff support the Mid-Canterbury region to enforce the Smokefree Environments Act, and provide infectious disease and environmental health services.
The Ashburton office has a small Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public.
Share your priorities for Our Place
Ashburton District Council media release: 7th August 2020
Mid Canterbury residents are being asked to share what ideas and issues they think are most important for the district, with feedback being used to help the Council develop its 10 year plan.
The Ashburton District Council will soon begin drafting its 2021/31 Long Term Plan and is inviting residents to complete its short ‘Our Place – Our Plan’ online survey to help inform the plan.
Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown says the Long Term Plan will outline what projects, activities and issues the Council will be focussed on over the next 10 years, so it’s important residents have their say to ensure the Council is on the right track.
“This year has been a challenging and unsettling time right across the country, and we’ve felt the effects in our community too. This survey is also a chance to let the Council know how things are going for you. We want to make sure we are making well-informed decisions for our future that reflect how residents are faring.”
“Even if your idea isn’t something the Council directly provides, it’s still important to let us know as we may be able to address those issues in other ways, such as through advocacy.”