Wāhi whakawhiti kōrero hauora | Consumer health forum Aotearoa

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Shape future forum events for 2023

We asked what a successful consumer health forum Aotearoa would look like to you, and we’ve heard you, so we’re hosting a shorter, online forum after working hours. We hope you can join us! The next consumer health forum Aotearoa hui will be held online via Zoom at 6.00 pm, Wednesday 7 December and will be open to all health consumers. Partner with us to shape future events.

At this event, you will:

  • hear about the upcoming strategic planning workshop for consumer leaders in February 2023 and how to apply

  • get the chance to discuss future workshop ideas and opportunities

  • have an opportunity to connect and network with other forum members.

Date: 7 December 2022                                   
Time: 6.00 pm–8.00 pm                                
Where: Online, via Zoom

Click here to register for this free event

Current Consumer Opportunities


He Ara Tangata, Consumer Reference Group Expressions of Interest

Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency, is looking to refresh the membership of He Ara Tangata, our Consumer Reference Group. We will be appointing six people to join some of the existing members of the group and to support us in improving cancer outcomes in Aotearoa, New Zealand

What is Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency?

We are a departmental agency reporting directly to the Minister of Health. We are striving for a New Zealand with fewer cancers, better survival and equity for all. We are committed to meeting our Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and ensuring that whānau Māori receive cancer care that meets their needs and is mana enhancing. You can read more about Te Aho o Te Kahu here

What does He Ara Tangata do?

He Ara Tangata is an essential advisor to Te Aho o Te Kahu and provides their high-level advice on our work programme to the Chief Executive and staff of Te Aho o Te Kahu based on their own lived experience of cancer. Te Aho o Te Kahu focuses on cancer at a systems level and works to address systemic issues, rather than specific issues relating to individuals affected by cancer. This is therefore not a representative group; members of He Ara Tangata are expected to give strategic advice on a range of cancer issues and opportunities and are not there to represent a particular tumour type, advocacy group or region/locality. He Ara Tangata is not a decision-making body, but still makes an important contribution to our work programme.

What is the commitment if I am appointed as a member of He Ara Tangata?

He Ara Tangata meets quarterly, with at least one in-person meeting each year. Membership is for 2 years and there will be payment of meeting fees. You will need to put aside some time before each meeting to read through documents that will be discussed at the upcoming meeting. There is no additional payment for this, as it is included in the fees you are paid for the meeting. Members of the group are, on occasion, asked to provide expertise to specific projects within Te Aho o Te Kahu outside of the regular meetings.

If you are engaged in this capacity, you will be paid for your time.

How do I apply?

Please write a one-page letter briefly answering the following questions.

  1. Are you a member of any cancer-related support or advocacy groups?
  2. What skills, experience, expertise and/or contribution will you bring to He Ara Tangata?
  3. Te Aho o Te Kahu is committed to achieving equity for Māori and under-served communities. Please outline any ethnic, or other, communities you are part of (eg, Māori, Pacific, disability, LGBTQI).
  4. What do you see as the biggest issue/s facing cancer patients currently? 5. Do you have any perceived or actual conflicts of interest (eg, do you work for an organisation that receives funding from pharmaceutical companies)?

What happens next?

Once applications have closed, we will select six additional individuals to join He Ara Tangata for two years. We are aware there may be more interest in these roles than we can accommodate, and there may be further opportunities in the future for those whose applications are unsuccessful. We will be in touch to let you know if your application was successful by Friday 16 December 2022. 


Please send your letters and/or any questions to [email protected]

Applications close Friday 2 December 2022 at 5pm.



Surveys open to give feedback


MaramaMārama Survey: give feedback on Mental Health & Addictions services

Mārama is a Nationwide online survey that allows consumers and whānau to give anonymous feedback on our Mental Health & Addictions services.

Designed for people aged 12 and over, it is completely anonymous and asks seven simple questions about your experience with us.

We encourage everyone using our services, and their whānau, to provide feedback to us via the Mārama Feedback Survey.

Choose the service to start the survey

Choose the service you would like to give feedback on. There are different links for each service. You can give feedback on more than one service if you wish.

Addictions Nelson

Addictions Wairau

Adult Nelson

Adult Tasman

Adult Wairau

CAT Nelson


ICAMHS Wairau 

Older Persons Mental Health

Wahi Oranga


What is the significance of Mārama?

Mārama is a Māori concept relating to wisdom and understanding, and the natural world of life and light. It derives from the Māori legend in which Tāne (Māori guardian of the forest and birds) separated his Sky Father, Ranginui, and Earth Mother, Papatūānuku, to create a world of light and life.

This world was known as ‘Te ao mārama’.

Will you be able to identify me from this survey?

No. We cannot identify who gave which answers.

The survey is completely anonymous – the survey does not ask for any name or contact information.  We encourage consumers and their whānau to be open and honest with their feedback.

What happens to the feedback provided?

All feedback provided to us via the Mārama Feedback Survey is being collected and regular reports are provided to our services.  Any feedback helps us to review, adjust and improve our services.

How do I complete the Mārama survey?

There are many ways to complete the Mārama survey:

From the comfort of a computer

Visit the Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand – Nelson Marlborough website - there is a webpage dedicated to the Mārama feedback survey for Mental Health & Addictions.  There is a link on the webpage to the survey. Please note that the survey is designed to operate on Firefox and Chrome web browsers only.

Scanning the QR code on our posters or other materials with a smartphone

Mārama posters in our reception areas have QR codes on them.  Simply scan the code with a smartphone’s camera (or QR code reader app) to open the survey.

The Mārama QR code can also be found on many of our appointment cards and flyers.

At the end of an appointment

If your location has a tablet set up for completing the Mārama survey - please offer consumers and their whānua the opportunity to complete the Mārama survey then and there.

Survey link by text or email following an appointment

Some of our services may send texts or emails following an appointment.  The message may include a link to our Mārama feedback survey.

Printed copies of the Mārama survey

Most of our services will have paper versions of the Mārama survey available to complete.  These are identical to the online survey.

Please ask anyone completing the paper survey to place it in the nearest feedback survey box.


What if I want to make a complaint?

The survey is not a formal complaint tool.  As the results are anonymous, we can’t follow up with anyone to make things right.

If you or someone you know would like to make a formal complaint, please:

Topics open for public consultation