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Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Aho o Te Kahu

Welcome to Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency

Te Aho o Te Kahu is a government agency created in recognition of the impact cancer has on the lives of New Zealanders. We lead and unite efforts to deliver better cancer outcomes for Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Aho o Te Kahu is guided by the goals and outcomes in the National Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029.

Our name Te Aho o Te Kahu means the central thread (Te Aho) of the cloak (Te Kahu) and refers to the role we play in uniting and aligning all the service providers, organisations and people across the cancer continuum who wrap a protective cloak around those with cancer. The name was gifted by  Hei Āhuru Mōwai, the Māori Cancer Leadership Network.

Our Vision Tō Tātou Whāinga

Fewer cancers Kia whakaiti iho te mate pukupuku

Better survival Kia runga noa ake te mataora

Equity for all Kia taurite ngā huanga

In this video, the first Te Aho o Te Kahu Chief Executive, Prof. Diana Sarfati, introduces the Cancer Control Agency. Rami Rahal was appointed as Chief Executive after Diana was appointed as Chief Executive, Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health.


He Mana Taurite

We strive for equity for all New Zealanders.

Mana Tāngata

We put people at the heart of all our work.

Whai Māramatanga

We are guided by the best information & insights.

Kia Angitū

We relentlessly deliver better outcomes for all.