Ten years of working together to improve and promote the health of
Cantabrians was celebrated at a Healthy Christchurch hui
Healthy Christchurch is a group of close to 200 organisations committed
to working together to promote, protect and improve the health and wellbeing of
the people of Christchurch.
Healthy Christchurch champion and Canterbury District Health Board chief
executive David Meates said at the hui that Healthy Christchurch was formed to
recognise that a wide range of factors influence health, which are largely outside the control of the traditional health
“Where people live, learn, work and play has an enormous impact whether
they stay well in the first place. For Christchurch to be a healthy city we need
to have communities where people feel connected, where people have access to
healthy food and affordable housing, and where they can take part in physical
and cultural activities,” David Meates said.
“Healthy Christchurch’s key strength is that it brings together such a
wide range of stakeholders, including government
agencies, church groups, and social service
providers. All these groups have an important role to
play in creating a healthy city.”
Healthy Christchurch champions are community
leaders committed to using their position and mana to advance the health and
wellbeing of Cantabrians.
Healthy Christchurch’s newest champion, CERA CEO
Roger Sutton, spoke at the hui. Other champions who participated at the hui
included Partnership Health Independent Chair Andrew Hornblow, Environment
Canterbury Commissioner Rex Williams, and Pegasus Health Director Dr Martin
Seers.Andrew Hornblow said the rebuild
represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to to build a healthy, vibrant city.
“Having someone of Roger’s
stature become a champion will help ensure the health needs of our city are
considered every step of the way,” Andrew Hornblow
said.Roger Sutton said
CERA’s work was a natural fit with the goals of Healthy Christchurch.
“CERA is committed to creating
an attractive, prosperous and liveable city, and this means putting people and
their health at the centre of what we do. We have a great opportunity to design
and plan a city that promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and
Healthy Christchurch has an important role to play in informing our work,” Roger
Healthy Christchurch’s latest work, the Christchurch City Health Profile, was launched at the
hui. The profile provides an in-depth look into the wider environmental influences on
health in Christchurch, and was
based around the responses of almost
700 individuals and community groups.
David Meates said the consultation for the City Health Profile occurred
prior to the Christchurch earthquakes, making it a powerful snapshot of what
Cantabrians value and what they want
to see more of in the rebuild.
The profile survey showed Cantabrians appreciated Christchurch’s clean
drinking water and public libraries. Respondents wanted more cycle paths,
community gardens, cheaper pool entry and public transport. There were also
calls for greater regulations around alcohol availability and for rivers and
lakes to be cleaned up for everyone to enjoy.
The profile will also be used to inform the
development of a City Health and Wellbeing Plan.
Some of Health Christchurch’s key achievements
over its first 10 years are highly regarded workshops and training
Treaty of Waitangi workshops and the Healthy Cities Short Course
Resources such as Simple Tips for those who experience mental illness
and the One Stop Shock for recovery,
Removing silos and increasing co-operation between sectors for
example the Poverty Hui and the Housing Project,
Leading an intersectoral approach to reducing alcohol harm,
Analysing the Urban Development Strategy in regards to its impact on
the health and wellbeing of the community, and wellbeing and resilience projects
following September’s earthquake.
For more information on Healthy Christchurch and the City Health Profile, go to www.healthychristchurch.org.nz
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