The Hon Tony Ryall pays a visit

The Hon Tony Ryall with wife, Kara, and their daughter, Maisie

The Hon Tony Ryall with wife, Kara, and their daughter, Maisie

“The Gillies McIndoe Research Institute’s dream to use its knowledge about strawberry birthmarks to help destroy cancer is extremely powerful. And the co-location adjacent to Wellington Hospital recognises the enormous synergies possible when health science and research work together. The opportunities are indeed limitless.”

That’s the message from former Health Minister, The Hon Tony Ryall, who visited the GMRI with his family just before Christmas.

“It was really a great pleasure to visit with Swee Tan and the team to celebrate their first birthday on site,” Tony says.

“Swee has made a huge difference to the lives of so many New Zealanders over the years. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious.”

Tony and his family appreciated meeting the scientists, graduates and students working at the GMRI.

“An impressive group of people who are determined to turn the dream into reality,” he said of them.

When the Government was given the opportunity to contribute financially to the GMRI to secure its presence in Wellington, Tony says he didn’t hesitate in asking the Prime Minister for his support.

“The PM agreed immediately and I know the Ministry remains strongly supportive of the GMRI.

“Thank you for the opportunity to visit in a post-Parliamentary capacity! I am sure the new Minister of Health is keen to learn about the GMRI and its work.”