In 2005 the Canterbury District Health Board’s ‘Community and Public Health’ (C&PH) division worked with the partners of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy to pilot the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) process on the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Options paper (UDS)(Urban Forum 2005). It looked at the impact of the two options of concentration versus ‘business as usual’ on health – focussing on water, air, housing, transport, social connectedness and Māori.
A report of this HIA was made to the Urban Forum in December 2005. The HIA was the most ambitious HIA to have been performed in New Zealand at that time. It has been published in two peer-reviewed journals and been presented widely in New Zealand and Australia.