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Our Work

Our programme of work is wide-ranging and is tended to by dedicated teams, committed to improving cancer care and making a meaningful difference to all New Zealanders.

Te Aho o Te Kahu works with partners across the cancer continuum to:

  • Prevent as many cancers as possible
  • Ensure early detection and diagnosis
  • Provide high-quality treatment and care
  • Help identify and address inequities in cancer care and treatment where they arise

Our work involves researching and analysing data and information to inform and implement best practice. This includes being the leading source of information on cancer control for people with cancer and their whānau, health care professionals and anyone else involved in cancer care.

We have quality improvement initiatives and projects underway that span across the cancer continuum. These all aim to improve cancer care outcomes for all New Zealanders.

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Our Teams - Ngā ohu mahi

Te Aho o Te Kahu is led by Chief Executive, Professor Diana Sarfati, who is responsible for leading the organisation and overseeing its activities.

Te Aho o Te Kahu is made up of five workstreams to deliver on better cancer care outcomes:




Provides leadership and quality advice to support successful outcomes aimed at eliminating inequities in cancer outcomes. Ensures a clear equity focus at all levels and on all activities.
Equity Director: Michelle Mako
Treatment, Quality & Standardisation
Ensure New Zealanders have equitable, consistent access to world-class diagnosis and treatment that reflects their needs and values. In addition, survival for New Zealanders with cancer continues to improve at a rate comparable with other similar countries.
Manager: Gabrielle Nicholson
Data, Information & Reporting
Ensures an integrated approach to collect, analyse and communicate high-quality cancer data to drive planning, quality improvement and monitoring activities across the cancer sector.
Manager: John Fountain
Person/Whānau-Centred Care
Enables cancer care and support services to be designed and delivered in a way that is whānau-centred and reflects the community needs and values of Aotearoa.
Manager: Fletcher Beazley

Prioritisation, Innovation & Research

Provide leadership and advice on prioritisation of cancer-related investment to Te Aho o Te Kahu and the sector, including leading activities to coordinate and support cancer-related research and innovation.
Manager: Nisha Nair

These teams are supported by the Office of the Chief Executive and four regional hubs that enable local and national cancer service delivery.

Regional hubs - Ngā tari a-rohe

Te Aho o Te Kahu includes four regional hubs: Northern, Te Manawa Taki, Central and Southern. These hubs support the implementation of the national programme set by Te Aho o Te Kahu to maintain local innovation while ensuring consistent planning and delivery of cancer service improvement across the country. The Regional Managers in each hub are members of the leadership team within Te Aho o Te Kahu.

The hubs work closely with district health boards (DHBs) to facilitate and coordinate services across health providers at all levels.

Northern Regional Hub

Includes Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata DHBs.

Te Manawa Taki Regional Hub

Includes Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti DHBs.

Central Regional Hub

Includes Taranaki, Whanganui, MidCentral, Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs.

Southern Regional Hub

Includes Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury, West Coast, South Canterbury and Southern DHBs.

Networks - Ngā hononga-ā-iwi

Te Aho o Te Kahu also works closely with the following networks to support better cancer outcomes for children, and adolescents and young adults.

Child Cancer

The National Child Cancer Network brings together health professionals, carers and stakeholder organisations to work collaboratively and provide leadership for service development across child cancer services in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Adolescent and Young Adult

The AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa connects hands-on healthcare and support providers from many disciplines and organisations. AYA works to improve cancer services for adolescent and young adult New Zealanders.