The Rt Hon Sir Michael Hardie Boys GNZM, GCMG, QSO, KStJ
Taking its name from two renowned New Zealanders who were ground-breaking plastic and reconstructive surgeons, the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute is now itself in the forefront of medical research. Dr Swee Tan and his team of researchers have already achieved remarkable success in the treatment of strawberry birthmarks, transforming the lives of many young New Zealanders, and gaining world-wide recognition. Their work has led to the opening up of exciting new possibilities for the treatment of cancer and related illnesses.
With its splendid new laboratory and facilities next to the Wellington Regional Hospital, the GMRI is well placed to further its research and extend it into new fields. This is work that potentially affects us all. But the GMRI’s ability to achieve this is dependent on the goodwill and the financial support of the community it seeks to serve. I warmly commend its cause to all my fellow New Zealanders.