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Gary Thompson and Diana Sarfati
The hand over

The gifting of the ingoa
'Te Aho o Te Kahu'

On 18 June, 2020 at a ceremony hosted in parliament we formally gifted the name 'Te Aho o Te Kahu' (the central thread of the cloak) to the new National Cancer Control Agency. 

Te Aho o Te Kahu was chosen in consultation with whānau and morehu from across Aotearoa. Whānau requested a name that didn't have the word cancer in it, but instead embodied a sense of hope, kotahitanga, manaakitanga and one that could unify the often disjointed and inequitable cancer system.

As part of gifting the name, we also have oati (terms) to ensure that the intention, mauri and mana of the name is always looked after.


Included in the oati is an agreement that Te Aho o Te Kahu will report to Hei Āhuru Mōwai on their work programme and how they are embedding equity into the cancer continuum.

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