The Gifting of 'Te Aho o Te Kahu'
"Ko te take nui, i te noho hāhā ngā muka me kī ngā kāhui o te ao matepukupuku. Ko te wawata me hono tahi, me noho tahi ngā kāhui katoa ki tētehi tumu"
On 18 June, 2020 at a ceremony hosted in parliament we formally gifted the name 'Te Aho o Te Kahu' to the new National Cancer Control Agency. Te Aho o Te Kahu means the central thread of the cloak.
Te Aho o Te Kahu was chosen in consultation with whānau and morehu. They 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 name is always looked after. This includes 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.
Te Aho o Te Kahu can be contacted via