Crown Public Health

Areas we work in / Ngā Wāhi Mahi

Public Health Services For Healthy Environments AND Choices

Community and Public Health (formerly known as Crown Public Health) provides public health services to those people living in the Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast regions.

We are a division of the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), but serve as the Public Health Unit (PHU) for two other District Health Boards:

Over 120 staff are located at offices in Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Greymouth. They aim to create environments, policies, communities, and families/whānau that support healthy choices and lifestyles.

Our goals are to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of our region, especially for children and young adults
  • Reduce health inequalities especially for those of relative socio-economic deprivation
  • Improve Māori and Pacific health outcomes
  • Prevent illness and hospitalisation
  • Work in partnership to achieve lasting change

Discover Community and Public Health's Structure, Vision and Purpose.


The Community and Public Health website showcases the work of our staff, including:

Current news, events and appeals within the communities served are also highlighted.

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News / NgĀ Karere

arrow Ministry of Health advice on Zika virus
arrow Stay cool when you’re feeling hot, hot, hot...
arrow Faecal contamination in Christchurch’s waterways
arrow Early detection key to stopping Syphilis
arrow Cycle lanes bring many benefits

Events / NgĀ Paki

arrow 5+ A Day Challenge (February)
arrow FebFast
arrow Bike Wise Month (February)

CPH REGIONAL INFO / NGĀ ROHE

arrow Canterbury
(Christchurch)
arrow Mid-Canterbury
(Ashburton)
arrow South-Canterbury
(Timaru)
arrow West Coast  
(Greymouth)


Logo for the Canterbury District Health Board.