Cancer Control in New Zealand

Key national organisations involved in cancer control are:

Cancer Control New Zealand

The Cancer Control Council was established in 2005 by the then Minister of Health.  Cancer Control New Zealand provides independent strategic advice directly to the Minister as well as the wider cancer control community. The Council's form, function and membership has recently been reviewed.


Ministry of Health

Situated within the Sector Capability and Innovation Directorate of the Ministry of Health the Cancer Control Team is tasked with driving the implementation of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy.

The objectives of the Cancer Control Programme are to:

  • reduce the incidence and impact of cancer
  • reduce inequalities with respect to cancer
  • ensure there is nationally consistent access to cancer services
  • fairly and equitably prioritise and plan service improvement and new investment and deliver value for money


Cancer Control Steering Group (CCSG)

The purpose of the Cancer Control Steering Group is to provide governance for the cancer control programme. It oversees priority setting, planning and implementation for the cancer control programme. The cancer control programme covers Ministry of Health, district health boards and the regional cancer networks activity to lead the sector in implementing the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy Action Plan 2005-2010.


Cancer Treatment Advisory Group (CTAG)

The Cancer Treatment Advisory Group provides advice on cancer treatment to the Cancer Control Steering Group.

This will be achieved by providing expert clinical advice on:

  • specific areas that relate to cancer treatment
  • technology change for cancer treatment as part of the Cancer Control Programme's horizon scanning function
  • services and initiatives for prioritisation in strategic planning
  • services and initiatives for prioritisation in annual planning
  • other areas as requested by Cancer Control Steering Group


New Zealand Regional Cancer Networks (NZRCN) Group

The New Zealand Regional Cancer Networks (NZRCN) work collaboratively to:

  • advance the Strategy and associated Action Plan
  • share learning and reduce duplication of effort
  • work on common issues and topics with the aim of promoting consistency
  • foster working relationships between the Regional Cancer Networks, Ministry of Health and the Cancer Control Council via the regular NZRCN Forum

Regional Cancer Networks

Regional networks work across organisational boundaries to promote a collaborative approach to service planning and delivery. The four regional cancer networks are based around district health board geographical coverage areas and patient flows to the regional cancer centres.

The four New Zealand networks are:

  • Northern Cancer Network (NCN) ( - Auckland, Waitemata, Counties Manakau, Northland
  • Midland Cancer Network (MCN) ( - Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti with an open invitation to Taranaki
  • Central Cancer Network (CCN) - Taranaki, Whanganui, MidCentral, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast with an open invitation to Nelson/Malborough
  • Southern Cancer Network (SCN) ( - Canterbury, Otago, West Coast, South Canterbury, Southland, Nelson/Marlborough.

Regional Map

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Last updated 6th May 2014