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United Community Action Network

The United Community Action Network (UCAN)  is a collective of individuals and organisations working to implement the UCAN Health Charter. 20 organisations have endorsed the Charter.

The Health Charter outlines a set of basic rights that everyone should be able to claim confidently to obtain resources that are directly relevant to their personal circumstances.

UCAN formed in response to decisions by Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) to limit the services and funding for the Newtown Health Centre, and to close services for, or fail to protect, people with mental illness.

In effect CCDHB extinguished the vision of the South East and City Primary Health Organisation (SECPHO) as an integrated effective health service for people with high or special health needs. UCAN members hope that the locality networks proposed in the 2021 reorganisation of the public health system revive that vision.

UCAN contributes to this process by providing grassroots feedback and practical suggestions that build towards full implementation of the Health Charter.

To read more about the UCAN Charter for Health, please click the button below (includes 2 videos).


UCAN is not Affiliated with any Political Party.


Latest Post

Letter to Human Rights Commissioner

Thank-you for the work the Human Rights Commission has done producing your ‘Framework
Guidelines on the right to a decent home in Aotearoa’ and the welcome announcement that there
will be a National Inquiry into housing referencing Article Three of The Treaty.


United Community Action Network (UCAN) is a Wellington-based community organisation that
works to raise the health and wellbeing issues of marginalized communities and people to
enhance community health, wellness and quality of life for all people.

We have spent much of the last decade searching for a Crown agency willing to provide
substantive support for the housing element in our UCAN Health Charter (attached). The Charter
has been endorsed by over twenty significant organisations, representatives of the two parties in
government, and many people as individuals.