About Us

About the Auckland Medical Museum Trust

The Auckland Medical Museum Trust (AMMT) was formed in 2014 with the objective of bringing a medical museum to the Auckland community.
Brave Hearts is the first tangible step towards a dedicated medical museum that will showcase our medical achievements and inspire future generations.

Chair: Dr Margaret Horsburgh

Dr Tatjana Buklijas, Dr Alistair Kwan, Dr Warren Smith, Dr Graeme Woodfield

Treasurer: Dr Peter Holst

Honorary secretary: Ms Judy Murphy

Our steering committee

Margaret Horsburgh (Chair)

CNZM, RN, EdD, MA (hons), BA

Margaret trained and worked as a nurse at Green Lane Hospital in the 1960s and 1970s, subsequently working for several decades in the tertiary education sector. She has an ongoing interest in New Zealand’s medical and health heritage and has continuing involvement with Auckland’s museums. Currently she is a trustee of the Auckland Museum Foundation.

Alan Kerr

CNZM, FRACS

Alan was a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon at Green Lane Hospital from 1969 until retirement in 2002. He initially had a leading role in the development of coronary artery surgery in NZ, and later a major interest in heart surgery for children. He became Honorary Clinical Professor of Surgery of the Auckland School of Medicine in 1997. Since retirement he has worked as a volunteer helping to develop paediatric cardiac services in Palestine.

Judy Murphy

RN, Dip N, Dip Nsg Ed (Lond)

Judy was a charge nurse at Green Lane Hospital in the 1970s, before completing advanced studies in nurse education in London. She has a wide range of experience in health research at the University of Auckland. Judy is a volunteer guide at Auckland Museum and co-author of two books on medical history.

Warren Smith

FRACP

Warren is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist presently working at Auckland City Hospital. He developed the electrophysiology service at Green Lane Hospital and was the director of Cardiology 1998-2003. He is an Honorary Associate Professor of Medicine of the Auckland School of Medicine since 2001.

In collaboration with

Rick Pearson

FNZIA

Rick is one of New Zealand’s leading exhibition architects and recipient of numerous awards for architecture and design. Projects include Kaiapoi Museum, Navy Museum, Rotoroa Island Exhibition Centre, Colin McCahon House, Arokai Mt Cook Centre and the Auckland Medical School’s Pathology research Centre.

Peter Holst (Treasurer)

MB ChB FRACP

Peter practised and taught medicine in Dunedin and later in Wellington. After retirement from full-time work he was a part-time Director of Continuing Education for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and was a member of the Taranaki District Health Board. He has a continuing interest in the history of medicine.

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Issue one
We had a very successful evening with Carol Hirschfeld donating her time as MC, Dr Alan Kerr recounting the history of the cardiac unit at Green Lane Hospital and Andrew Ta’afuli Fiu inspiring and amusing us with his tales of experiencing six open heart surgeries. Read more >>

Issue two
How are we progressing? We have been awarded a grant from the Lottery Grants Board to help us bring Brave Hearts to the public. This is fantastic news but we can only pick up the grant if we can show the Lottery Grants Board in January that we have secured the remaining 20 percent of the funds we need. Read more >>

Issue three
We are delighted to report that Brave Hearts – the New Zealand Cardiac Story will open to the public on Friday 18th August 2017 at Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). Read more >>

Contact information

You can email us on admin@bravehearts.co.nz

Address: AMMT, c/- P E HOLST, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946

Principal sponsor

Special acknowledgement

Lottery Grants Board through the World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage (LWEH) Committee.

A full list of donors is available here.

Get in touch

Email: admin@bravehearts.co.nz
Address: AMMT, c/- P E HOLST,
PO Box 482, Orewa 0946

AMMT is a Registered Charitable Trust CC50444 under the New Zealand Charities Act 2005.