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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.
Free child car seat recycling now in Ashburton District
Ashburton District Council media release: 3rd October 2019
Ashburton residents can now recycle their expired, damaged or unwanted child car seats for free – through the SeatSmart programme.
This comes after the Ashburton District Council partnered with the national child car seat recycling programme to offer the service. Ashburton is the only district where it is free to recycle a seat – thanks to support from the council.
Seats can be dropped off at:
- the Methven recycling yard (corner of Methven Chertsey Road and Line Road);
- Rakaia Resource Recovery Park (West Town Belt); and
- Ashburton Resource Recovery Park.
Service Delivery Group Manager Neil McCann says the initiative supports the council’s goal of reducing waste ending up in landfill – which is a great outcome for the community.
“We are proud to be partnering with the SeatSmart programme to provide this free service. A variety of common household goods are already accepted free of charge for recycling at our Resource Recovery Parks and drop-off sites, and we are pleased to expand this list to include child car seats. It gives residents even more opportunity to reduce their waste and engage with more sustainable solutions.”