New Zealanders expect to receive high-quality, timely cancer treatment regardless of who they are and where they live.

Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency was established in December 2019 to provide strong national leadership for, and oversight of, cancer control in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

We lead and unite efforts to deliver better cancer outcomes for Aotearoa:

  • Fewer cancers. Kia whakaiti iho te mate pukupuku.
  • Better survival. Kia runga noa ake te mataora.
  • Equity for all.  Kia taurite ngā huanga.

We are tasked ensuring every New Zealander has the same access to high quality screening and care.

Many cancers can be cured if they are found and treated in time. In New Zealand, about one person in every three who gets cancer is cured. Even if the cancer cannot be cured, more effective treatment means many people with cancer are now living longer. A strong, cohesive cancer programme is the foundation for the delivery of high quality prevention and treatment.

New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019–2029

Media releases


Publications on cancer and cancer services in New Zealand.

For the public

  • Cancer – information on specific cancers and where to find support
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