Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable. See our COVID-19 pages for visiting guidelines, COVID-19 tests current case numbers in regions of Canterbury and care in the community advice. See for info about vaccinations.

We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework

Last updated:
19 April 2022

For visitors to all facilities effective from Tuesday 19 April 2022

With the change to the ORANGE Traffic Light setting, Canterbury DHB is easing its visitor policy in recognition of the fact we have passed the peak of the current Omicron outbreak and case numbers are slowly reducing.

The following visitor restrictions are now in place for all Canterbury DHB hospitals and health facilities:

  • One adult visitor may be accompanied by no more than one child over the age of 12 per patient in the hospital at any given time, except where stated otherwise in the ‘exceptions’ section below.  No children under 12 and those 12 and over must be accompanied by an adult and wear a medical mask.
  • Visitors or support people should not visit our facilities if they are unwell.
  • Surgical/medical masks must be worn at all times at all Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them.
  • Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must be used.

By adhering to these conditions, you help keep our patients, staff, other visitors and yourself safe. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as our staff work hard to protect and care for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Exceptions to the ‘one visitor’ policy

  • Exceptions can apply in some circumstances (ie more than one visitor) where a trusted whānau member provides assistance, reassurance and other support for therapeutic care or on compassionate grounds – please talk to the ward’s Charge Nurse to discuss this before you come to hospital to visit. For whānau with an essential support role as a Partner in Care – please check with the ward’s Charge Nurse before you come to hospital to visit
  • People attending Christchurch ED or Ashburton AAU can have one support person with them
  • Women in labour and in the birthing suite can have two support people, and women on the Maternity Ward are allowed one support person for the duration of their stay in our facilities at Christchurch Womens Hospital and other maternity units. Only one support person can be with each woman in the maternity ward, and one support person for maternity clinic appointments, no children are allowed to visit.
  • Parents/caregivers can be with their baby in NICU.
  • Parents/caregivers are able to be with their child in hospital (Except Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day patients where only one parent or caregiver is permitted, following a supervised negative RAT result)
  • Children who are inpatients, one other visitor (other than a parent or caregiver) is able to visit in consultation with the nurse in charge.
  • People requiring support when attending an appointment can have one support person. Please let the relevant service know if you need this so they are able to accommodate your request.

Exceptions for people with disabilities

An exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment – where they need a support person to access health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility. The support person is in addition to the one permitted visitor.

Face covering exemption cards

The Exemptions Team at the Ministry of Health is now responsible for processing requests for Face Covering Communication Cards.

Updated information about mask wearing, and how to request an exemption card can now be found here. People unable to request an exemption card online can call 0800 28 29 26 and select option 2, or text 8988

Patients and visitors should also read the additional more detailed visiting guidelines for each specific hospital.

More COVID-19 information

Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust


Manawhenua ki Waitaha

The Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust (MKWCT) board was established to ensure manawhenua have oversight and influence on the decision making of the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB).


Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust (MKWCT) has the mandate of Papatipu Rūnanga and is supported by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (TRoNT) as the Ngāi Tahu representative body in Canterbury for health issues.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou​

Runanga Map

Tihei Mauri Ora!

Ka tū tonu ahau ki te Manawhenua o Waitaha.
Ka titiro atu ki ka mauka kōrero o kā hapū maha.
Mai i Kaikōura, Tūāhuriri, whiti atu ki Wheke, Koukourārata,
tae atu rā ki Wairewa, Ōnuku, tae noa ki Taumutu.

He mihi nunui tēnei ki a koutou kua tatū mai nei ki te rohe o Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe me Waitaha hoki. Ka maumahara mātou ki a rātou
kua mene atu ki te ao wairua,
ki te ao mamae kore.

Nō rerira, āpiti hono, tātai hono, koutou te huka mate ki a koutou.
Āpiti hono tātai hono, tātou te huka ora ki a tātou, tēnā ra koutou katoa.

English version

I sneeze, tis the breath of life!

I stand upon the prestigious filled land of Waitaha. I gaze upon the talking mountains of the many sub-tribes. From Kaikoura to Tūāhuriri rising up to Wheke and Koukourarata to Wairewa and Ōnuku and finally to Taumutu.

This is a greeting to you who have settled in the region of Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha descendants. We remember those who have departed to the spiritual world, to the world of no more pain.

Therefore, let you of the living dead be joined to each other. Let us of the living be joined to the world of the living, greetings to you all.

Tino Rangatiratanga – Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri a muri ake nei!

I puta mai i tēnei whakataukī, ngā moemoea o ngā tipuranga o Ngāi Tahu e heke mai nei. Mai tēnei whakataukī ka puta, he tirohanga whakamua o te iwi, "Ko Ngāi Tahu, rua mano rua tekau ma rima".

  • ​​Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura Trustee: ​Jaana Kahu
  • ​Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga Trustee: ​​Michelle Turrall
  • Ōnuku Rūnanga Trustee: ​Wendy Dallas-Katoa
  • Ōnuku Rūnanga Alternate: ​Ngāio Tuari
  • Te Taumutu Rūnanga Trustee: ​Toriana Hunt
  • Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Trustee: Tumanako Stone-Howard
  • ​Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Alternate: ​ Christina Henderson
  • Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata Trustee: ​Ngaire Briggs
  • Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata Alternate: Elizabeth Cunningham
  • Wairewa Rūnanga Trustee: ​Ana Rolleston
  • ​Wairewa Rūnanga Alternate: ​Maire Kipa

The New Zealand Public Health & Disability Act 2000 requires District Health Boards (DHBs) to establish and maintain processes that enable Māori to participate in and contribute to strategies for Māori health improvement.

Although the legislative requirements are fairly permissive about what form these processes should take, many DHBs have formalised their relationship with local Iwi through an Iwi Relationship Board. This is the case for the Canterbury District Health Board.

Wendy Dallas-Katoa, past Chair of Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust, says this is why the group was established.

"The Board was established to ensure that manawhenua have oversight and influence on the decision making of the Canterbury District Health Board," says Wendy.

"The membership of the Board is determined by local Papatipu Rūnanga and it is our job to ensure the DHB are effectively engaging with Māori and creating policies to reduce health inequalities for Māori," she says.

Within Canterbury, Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust has been set up to represent the needs of local Māori.

Broadly speaking, the aims of Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust are to:

  • Work to improve health outcomes for Māori;
  • Shape Canterbury DHB policy to better represent the needs of Māori;
  • Ensure the DHB is working to reduce health inequalities for Māori;
  • Advocate for greater health literacy;
  • Hold the DHB to account;
  • Co-ordinate scholarships for Māori and Pacific peoples.

Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust works by engaging across all DHB groups, teams and statutory bodies, ensuring there is appropriate representation or reporting back from each group. Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust also ensures local and Māori issues are always expressed to the DHB.

  • Enhance and facilitate the health of Māori people
  • Take part at local and national level advancing the wellbeing of Waitaha Māori
  • Promote and safeguard health, safety, social welfare of all local Māori
  • Monitor disparities and inequalities in health outcomes
  • Promote assistance and care for the sick and infirm
  • Promote education about health issues affecting Māori
  • Representation on boards, councils, schools, community organisations
  • Improve health aspirations for Māori community groups

Maori governance meeting held at Te Putahitanga on 4 June 2019

Maori Governance with IoD Facilitator Pania Gray held at Te Putahitanga Board Room on 4 June 2019

Maori Governance with IoD Facilitator Pania Gray held at Te Putahitanga Board Room on 4 June 2019

Maori Governance meeting at Te Putahitanga on 4 June 2019. L to R: Ruth,Toriana, Ngaire. In front: Wendy,Ngaio. Behind: Jaana,Christina,Michelle,Pania (Not in photo, Ana)

Maori Governance meeting at Te Putahitanga on 4 June 2019. L to R: Toriana, Ngaire. In front: Wendy,Ngaio. Behind: Jaana,Christina,Michelle,Pania (Ana not in photo)

MKWCT Tumuaki August 2020 report:

  • It is with some sadness, trepidation, and concern that MKWCT see the exit of seven Senior Executive’s from CDHB Executive Management team
  • MKWCT continues to assert our rights as Treaty partner and continue to influence the Board and wider health system
  • MKWCT continues to be vigilant within our monitoring role to ensure the gains made within Māori health are not compromised
  • 2020 is the first year MKWCT have been asked to input into CDHB Annual Business Plan. This has been a busy time advocating for some significant changes
  • I recently worked with the Executive team to hold interviews for the Māori Portfolio Manager
  • MOU between CDHB and MKWCT has been re-edited so it meets the needs and expectations of both Boards
  • Blessing of Hagley Hospital came about after MKWCT met with Tuahiwi. On Tuesday 11 August turned out to be a lovely occasion and, it was good to finally bring in the process that is tika to here
Tahi – Te Taumutu, Kaikōura, Hector, Melissa and standing, Ruru

Tahi – Te Taumutu, Kaikōura, Hector, Melissa and standing, Ruru

Rua – Tūāhuriri, Hector

Rua – Tūāhuriri, Hector

Toru – Koukourārata

Toru – Koukourārata

Wha - Rāpaki

Wha - Rāpaki

Capturing activities during 2019:

  • Acknowledgement and arohanui for the loss of loved ones within our Muslim communities
    • E moteatea ana te kakau The heart is lamenting
    • E aue te mamae e Alas, the pain
  • Tauira applying for CDHB scholarship were incredible with transitioning to online application
  • Eight new iPads and Diligent Board software licence ensures best governance practice
  • Ngāi Tahu Social and Wellbeing team mema Amber Clarke was invited to update MKWCT:
    • Te Pou Here – workforce development package
    • Cultural competencies
    • Ko Tahu Ko Au – pepi, tamariki, rangatahi packages
    • Te Rautaki Hauora 2017-2025 – Ngāi Tahu Health Strategy
  • Invited manuhiri to update MKWCT:
    • Sandy Hunt-Lockhart (Past MKWCT Tumuaki)
    • Hector Matthews (CDHB Executive Director, Māori and Pacific Health
    • Matthew Reid (Public Health Medicine Specialist, CDHB Planning and Funding)
  • Te Pae Hiriri governance training with Institute of Directors Kaiako Pania Gray
  • MKWCT mema able to tautoko:
    • Te Hauora o Rākaihautū blessing of Akaroa Health Centre attended by MKWCT
    • Burwood Hospital Spinal Unit blessing
    • ASB Facility blessing
    • John Whaanga Christchurch visit (MOH Māori Director)


Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust​ has as one of our responsibilities is to appoint Mā​ori​ ​representatives onto Canterbury DHB and community groups pertaining to health. One of the organisations we collaborate with is Canterbury Clinical Network.

Relationship Chart

Relationship Chart

Download a copy of the MKWCT Relationship Chart - November 2021 (250KB, PDF)  

MKWCT Goals for 2019-2022 are:

  1. Grow Strategic Relationships and Partnerships
  2. Monitoring and articulating Maori health and outcomes
  3. Thriving in the transformational environment

This is the Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust (MKWCT) Board’s activity to date.

  • In January 2019 MKWCT held its strategic planning hui. The hui agreed key priorities for the year 2019/2022 and that these key priorities will be continued to be worked on by Trustees of MKWCT.
  • MKWCT has three contracts to deliver on behalf of Canterbury DHB (CDHB). Scholarships, governance and training and appointments.
  • Scholarships for 2020. 46 successful recipients were awarded a contribution towards their studies
  • Scholarships for 2019. 50 successful recipients were awarded a contribution towards their studies
  • Three previous priorities to date reflected throughout CDHB's Māori Health Plan which MKWCT endorses – Mental, Child and Oral Health.
  • MKWCT has added oral heath as a priority and will work with the oral health team to facilitate their priorities to establish an oral health CCN SLA. Gail McLauchlan and Ngaire Briggs have been endorsed to this group to give a Māori perspective.
  • MKWCT will work with CDHB and Ngāi Tahu to review and establish a Te Reo Policy to sit across the Canterbury DHB.
  • MKWCT continues to work with a positive working relationship through a number of avenues. Wendy Dallas-Katoa sits on the CCN ALT. This group is made up of key Māori who give a Māori perspective across each work stream or SLA in the CCN. MKWCT closely monitors the work that has been done.
  • MKWCT is made up of the seven Papatipu Rūnanga catchment. We support the health and wellbeing arm of Ngāi Tahu and the work it does within oranga tamariki and kaumātua. 
  • MKWCT supports Te Kāhui o Kakakura (R​ūnanga Chairs/Representatives) by having a representative sitting on the Greater Health Christchurch, and reports back to Te Kāhui o Kakakura.​
  • In January 2018 MKWCT held its strategic planning hui. The hui agreed on nine priorities for the year 2018/2019 and that these key priorities will be continued to be worked on by Trustees of MKWCT. ​
  • Facilities development group continues as a key group around the rebuild of the outpatient and hospital sites. MKWCT continues to play a key role with kaumātua to the CDHB Maurice Gray as well as Puamiria Parata-Goodall to look at cultural narratives. Carver Riki Manual has been commissioned to work on the whaikairo at both sites. This piece of work is ongoing.
  • MKWTC has three contracts to deliver on behalf of CDHB. Scholarships for 2018. Applications were received across the Canterbury tertiary study in health. Forty scholarships were awarded. The second contract is around appointments process.
  • In April 2018 MKWCT was charged to facilitate the appointments of 18 CCN work stream SLA groups. We continue to build a register of interest for those who wish to continue this appointment process and we are still looking for representatives. In June 2020 MKWCT has only required 2-3 CCN work stream SLA groups.
  • The third contract is governance and leadership training. MKWTC also has a contract to deliver governance training to support Māori in the health sector. A facilitator provider is selected each year that aligns with MKWCT's current strategies, goals or health priorities, we will continue to update accordingly. 

Ruth Chisholm, Kaiāwhina

Phone: 027 443 4532
Postal Address:
Manawhenua Ki Waitaha Charitable Trust (MKWCT)
PO Box 138 Christchurch 8140

Page last updated: 15 June 2022

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