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Healthy Christchurch is a CDHB led intersectoral initiative consisting of a network of over 200 very diverse organisations from across Canterbury.

The initiative recognises that all sectors and groups have a role to play in creating a healthy city, whether their specific focus is recreation, employment, youth, transport or any other aspect of city life.

The Healthy Christchurch Charter was drafted in 2001.

The aims of Healthy Christchurch are:

  • Forge a common vision for a healthy city.
  • Foster healthy relationships between diverse agencies and sectors in Christchurch, from ‘grassroots’ groups to government agencies.
  • Enable flexible, collaborative and prompt responses to emergent health issues.
  • Ensure all policy incorporates a health perspective.

Find out about becoming a Healthy Christchurch signatory or receiving the weekly email newsletter

Find out how to become a Healthy Christchurch signatory as well as some of the benefits.

Email Healthy Christchurch to sign up for the weekly email newsletter distribution list (healthychristchurch[at]cdhb.health.nz).

Sign up for a Healthy Christchurch login, to receive the weekly email newsletter and post news items to the Healthy Christchurch website for moderation.

The structure of Healthy Christchurch

There are 4 key groups within Healthy Christchurch to affect change in the community.

Firstly there are the Champions who are the strategic drivers. They provide endorsement and mana. They act as advocates and spokespeople, and support collaboration. The Champions include:

  • Canterbury District Health Board – David Meates (CEO) and Murray Cleverley (Chair)
  • Christchurch City Council – Lianne Dalziel (Mayor)
  • Community and Public Health – Evon Currie (General Manager)
  • CPIT – Jenn Bestwick (Chair)
  • Environment Canterbury – Rex Williams (Commissioner)
  • NZ Police – Superintendent Gary Knowles (District Commander Canterbury)
  • Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu – Lisa Tumahai (Deputy Kaiwhakahaere)
  • Pegasus Health Community Board – Professor Andrew Hornblow (Chairperson)
  • Pegasus Health Board – Les Toop (Chair)
  • University of Otago (Christchurch) – Professor Peter Joyce (Dean)

The Advisory Group is the key link to the Support Team and the Champions. This group is made up of representatives from organisations of influence, including Pegasus Health, He Oranga Pounamu, CERA and the Ministry of Social Development.

The Support Team is the resource that makes things happen and is based at the Community and Public Health.

Lastly surrounding the 3 previous groups are the signatories who guide the Healthy Christchurch priorities. They are in touch with local communities, operate according to the Healthy Christchurch Charter, and initiate and support a variety of activities.

The structure of Healthy Christchurch showing the relationships between the Champions, Advisory Group, Support Team, Signatories and the community.

For further information, contact:

Tracy Abbot
Ph +64 3 378 6738


World First All Right? Campaign

All Right? is a social marketing campaign designed to help us think about our mental health and wellbeing. It’s about helping people realise that they’re not alone, encouraging them to connect with others, and supporting them to boost their wellbeing.

Ultimately, All Right? is about ensuring wellbeing is at the heart of our recovery.

All Right? is a Healthy Christchurch project that is being led by the Mental Health Foundation and the Canterbury District Health Board.

All Right asks: What good things are you growing?


Christchurch City Health Profile

Peoples’ health is affected by factors including genetic inheritance, lifestyle choices, quality of housing, water and air, and, government policy. These are all often called health ‘determinants’.

Healthy Christchurch has completed a city health profile focusing on the determinants of health and wellbeing in Christchurch. The profile was prepared using a combination of available health data, the views of signatories and community consultation.

Page last updated: 31/10/2017

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