Write to your MP & the Minister of Health

A letter to MPs and Ministers is an effective way of letting decision makers know what is important to their constituents and it is an essential element of a working democracy.

Remember that MPs are interested in the needs of their community. Your letter describing your story is worth your effort.


Writing letters can be challenging, we suggest the following:

Tell your story

Tell the reader what lung cancer means to you, your family/whanau, your friends or loved one's

Help the reader understand why you are requesting change and the impact that this change would have

If you require any further guidance on writing a letter then a useful resource has been produced by the Ministry of Social Development, and can be found by clicking here

Please discuss the information on this website with a healthcare professional and it does not replace their advice.

References: 1. Ministry of Health. 2020. Cancer: Historical summary 1948-2017. Available at: www.health.govt.nz/publication/cancer-historical-summary-1948-2017. Accessed on: 17 Sep 2020. 2. Ministry of Health. 2019. New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029 - Te Mahere mō te Mate Pukupuku o Aotearoa 2019-2029. Revised January 2020 Wellington: Ministry of Health. 3. Gurney et al The most commonly diagnosed and most common causes of cancer deaths for Maori New Zealanders NZMJ 2020;133(1521):77-96. 4. American Cancer Society. Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer. Available at: www.cancer.org/cancer/lung-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/signs-symptoms.html. Accessed on: 17 Sept 2020. 5. Hawkes N. Cancer survival data emphasise importance of early diagnosis. BMJ 2019;364:l408


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