See the below message from Te Aho o Te Kahu - Cancer Control Agency;
Te Aho o Te Kahu is our new name, gifted to us by Hei Āhuru Mōwai, Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa. The naming process was led by Dame Naida Glavish and Matua Gary Thompson.
Te Aho o Te Kahu means ‘the central thread of the cloak'. It was developed in response to feedback from people living with cancer and whānau Māori. The name speaks to being strong, unified and unifying, connecting with, and strengthened by, all the people, all the organisations and all the services that make up our cancer care system. The kahu, or cloak refers to being embracing, comforting and protective.
In his kōrero at the gifting ceremony at Parliament last week, Matua Gary said whānau wanted a name that brought hope, kotahitanga and warmth. They were also clear they didn't want the Māori name to have the word cancer in it, so after many wānanga the ingoa Te Aho o Te Kahu was chosen.
I want to thank Hei Āhuru Mōwai for our name; I am humbled by the care and generosity of spirit that has gone into choosing it. We are committed to upholding its mana in all we strive for, all we do and how we do it.
So what has changed?
Everyone now has a new email address @teaho.govt.nz. Emails sent to previous email addresses will forward to @teaho.govt.nz but please note, this is an interim measure.
We have a beautiful new logo (which you can see in my email signature) and a set of Te Aho o Te Kahu colours. These will be rolled out over the next few months as we develop our collateral and channels.
We are building our own Te Aho o Te Kahu website and I am excited we will soon be able to connect with people living with cancer and whānau through our website. It will also provide a way to keep you all up-to-date on the work we are doing.
Do you currently reference the Ministry of Health Cancer pages on your website or collateral? My team will need to work alongside you to replace the links and/or content with the equivalent on our new website. Please email email@example.com to find out more.
I am pleased to let you know we have now filled all the roles in the Agency’s Senior Leadership Team.
General Manager, Nicola Hill
Director of Equity, Michelle Mako
Interim Clinical Director, Dr Suzanne Beuker
Manager Person and Whānau-centred care, Fletcher Beazley
Manager Data, Monitoring and Reporting, Dr John Fountain
Manager Prioritisation, Innovation and Research, Dr Nisha Nair
I am very much looking forward to working with them to deliver on the goals of the Cancer Action Plan.
On 1 July we welcome the Regional teams into Te Aho o Te Kahu. We will follow this up with 2 days of team building and programme development. It will be a wonderful opportunity to come together for the first time as a nationwide entity.
Finally, you can now follow us on Twitter Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency @cancer_agency