Te Aho o Te Kahu - Cancer Control Agency

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Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency is a New Zealand departmental agency reporting directly to the Minister of Health. The Agency was created in recognition of the impact cancer has on the lives of New Zealanders and provides a sharp focus on this important health issue.

Tō mātou aronga | Our purpose: an agency focused on cancer

Te Aho o Te Kahu provides strong central leadership and oversight of cancer control. We lead and unite efforts to deliver better cancer outcomes for New Zealand. We are also accountable for ensuring transparency of progress towards the goals and outcomes in the National Cancer Action Plan.  

In practice, this leadership and oversight is delivered through:

  • providing advice to Government about the future design and function of cancer services and options for resolving operational issues
  • bringing stakeholders together to progress and achieve shared objectives
  • undertaking national initiatives to improve cancer outcomes for New Zealanders
  • assembling and disseminating cancer data and information to inform decision-making and service delivery
  • providing support for cancer service providers when service is, or is likely to be, disrupted or is not meeting demand or expectations.

Cancer presents some unique challenges to the New Zealand health system:

  • The number of people diagnosed with cancer is projected to double in the next two decades
  • The costs and complexity of care, and pace of change present major challenges for our systems and services
  • Māori and Pacific peoples have worse cancer survival rates than other New Zealanders
  • Cancer survival is improving in New Zealand, but our rate of improvement is slower than rates in other comparable countries, so we are at risk of falling behind. 

Tō mātou whāinga | Our vision and values

We strive to achieve

  • fewer cancers
  • better survival
  • equity for all

We are driven to achieve a work programme that is:

  • equity-led
  • knowledge-driven
  • outcomes-focused
  • person- and whānau-centred

Our strong commitment to the goal of achieving equity is embedded in all our processes and work.

The purpose of the Agency is to provide strong central leadership and oversight of cancer control. It is equity-led, knowledge-driven, person and whānau-centred and outcomes-focused, taking a whole-of-system focus on preventing and managing cancer. The Agency’s vision is: fewer cancers, better survival, equity for all.

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Contact information
0064 223572055
133 Molesworth Street
New Zealand
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Last update: 
Monday 10 October 2022