Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer Control Agency

Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency provides leadership for, and oversight of, the continuum of cancer care in New Zealand. It is equity-led, knowledge-driven, person and whānau-centred and outcomes-focused, taking a whole-of-system approach to preventing and managing cancer. The Agency’s vision is:


  • fewer cancers
  • better survival
  • equity for all.


Chief Executive Professor Diana Sarfati (appointed December 2019) is responsible for the work programme and is accountable directly to the Minister of Health.

Te Aho o Te Kahu Structure


  • An Advisory Council supports the leadership and ongoing direction of cancer control in New Zealand.
  • Hei Āhuru Mowai, Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa, is a partner to the Agency and gifted the Māori name Te Aho o Te Kahu. This means the central thread (Te Aho) of the cloak (Te Kahu) and refers to the weaving together of all the people, organisations and services involved along the cancer continuum.
  • The National Clinical Assembly (the Assembly) provides clinical advice and expertise to the Advisory Council and Chief Executive of Te Aho o Te Kahu. The Assembly includes cancer doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
  • A Consumer Reference Group is being established to ensure the voices of people living with cancer and their whanāu are heard.


Family and whānau may feel unsettled when there are new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand. Please know that cancer centres around the country are prepared to continue delivering essential cancer services at all alert levels. Read more