Our Patrons

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.


The Hon Sir John (Francis) Jeffries Kt


Dr Swee Tan is an unusually gifted plastic surgeon and research scientist but probably most importantly he is a visionary. The original Foundation established by him morphed into the Gillies McIndoe Foundation, that in turn established the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (GMRI), named after the pioneers of plastic surgery, Sir Harold Gillies and Sir Archibald McIndoe, both New Zealanders. The goal of the GMRI is finding more effective ways to relieve human suffering through scientific inquiry.

I have had the honour of being a Patron of the Foundation at its inception, and the greatest joy, over the years, to witness its growth and outstanding contribution in the field of medical science. Operating from the grounds of the Wellington Regional Hospital, with its state-of the-art facilities the GMRI is poised to make further discoveries in disfiguring and life-threatening conditions, especially cancer.

The work of the GMRI team led by Dr Tan has resulted from the support of many individuals and organisations in the community, over a long time. Your on-going support is critical for the success of the dedicated team and their capacity to achieve scientific discoveries that will translate into greatly improved patient outcomes.