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.

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

Newsletter archive

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 >>

Issue four
Read about our activities since Brave Hearts – The New Zealand Cardiac Story opened in August 2017. Read about our popular education programme for school children, our visitor experience and our future plans for Brave Hearts. See who is involved and our list of sponsors and donors. Read more >>

Issue five
Since August 2017 the Brave Hearts Exhibition has travelled to communities, with several months at each of four different geographical areas of Auckland (MOTAT, Wynyard Quarter, AUT North Campus, Waitakere City, AUT South Campus). From early 2018 – mid 2019 Brave Hearts was hosted by Waikato University for two months and Rotorua Lakes Council over the summer, before travelling back to Hamilton City to Garden Place for three months from February. On Friday 17 May 2019 Brave Hearts opened at Wellington City Council Waterfront where it will be located until late July. Many Wellington people and some schools have already visited. Read more >>

Brave Hearts exhibition

Contact information

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

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


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


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


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)


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.

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.

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