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Māori Cancer Co-ordinators - Kai Manaaki Mate Pukupuku (MidCentral)

Cancer Network Group Service, Kaupapa Māori


Māori Cancer Co-ordinators provide advice and support to people receiving care and services at MidCentral Health.

We can manaaki patients by:

  • Linking with services for additional support e.g. home improvements, caregiving, respite care, stop smoking support, liaison with WINZ, etc.
  • Improving communication between the patient and the Cancer Service
  • Promote cancer prevention to empower Māori whānau through raising the awareness about cancer and health services in our community
  • Support patient and whānau in a place that they feel comfortable e.g. home, hospital, the marae
  • Provide a free service that is informative and practical to meet patient needs e.g. someone to find the answers to your questions, support for appointments, education programmes and good self help information


Co-ordinators are based within four Māori health providers, covering the MidCentral region:

Best Care (Whakapai Hauora) Charitable Trust - Palmerston North City area
Phone: (06) 353 6385. 

Raukawa Whānau Ora - Horowhenua / Ōtaki area 
Phone: (06) 368 8678

Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua - Danneverke and Tararua area
Phone: (06) 374 6860

Te Wakahuia Manawatū Trust - Palmerston North and Manawatu
Phone: (06) 357 3400


Best Care (Whakapai Hauora) - Kathleen Holloway-Smith
(Palmerston North area)

Raukawa Whānau Ora - Polly Marsters
(Manawatu, Horowhenua/Ōtaki area and between Bulls and Te Horo)

Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua - Kathy Mihaere
(Tararua area)

Te Wakahuia Manawatū Trust - Chrissy Paul
(Manawatū and Feilding)

How do I access this service?

Contact us

We accept referrals in any way, including self-referrals.

For more information, contact the provider nearest you.

Services Provided

Welfare & advocacy services

  • Advocacy services

Cultural support

  • Cultural advocacy services
  • Kaupapa Māori


  • Support during treatment
  • Support for family/whānau/partners
  • Support groups


Cancer Types

Breast, Childhood Cancers, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Lung, Prostate, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Others, Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Sarcoma

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 3:37PM on May 20, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Māori Cancer Co-ordinators - Kai Manaaki Mate Pukupuku (MidCentral).