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Āhurutanga is our backbone
Rangatiratanga is our purpose


Our name meaning sheltered haven was gifted to us by Kaumatua Kingi Turner (Ngāti Maniapoto) in 2012. It embodies our mission which is to provide a safe space for Māori cancer specialists to come together, wānanga and collectively address Māori cancer inequities.


Our rōpū is led by our co-chairs Gary Thompson, Dr Nina Scott and CEO Cindy Dargaville.

We come from a variety of backgrounds including; oncology, general medicine, public health, onco-surgery, wairua healing, health promotion, bio medical cancer science, mātauranga Māori cancer research, cancer screening, equity, haematology, pharmacology, advocacy, nursing, epidemiology and Māori health.

 We focus on cancer research, system level cancer issues and collaborating with Māori leaders across the health sector.

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