17 October 2016
More than 200 supporters, past and present trust board members, Friends, collaborators and staff members gathered at parliament on 11 October for a reception hosted by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to recognise our 50th year. We were also pleased to welcome Prime Minister John Key to the event.
In his speech, Institute Chairman Graham Malaghan spoke about the role of his parents, Len and Ann, in gifting General Foods shares to seed the institution and outlined its history.
“Today we acknowledge 50 years of work aimed at delivering to New Zealand a first class organisation that is amongst the many jewels that our country has, an organisation that will resource and lead our contributions to medical knowledge and create wealth for our country,” he said.
“Our journey, in many ways, is just commencing. I believe we have entered a new phase in our history, marked by a self-determination and independence, and I look forward to all that lies ahead.”
Graham closed by acknowledging the Institute director, trustees, staff and supporters for their contributions. Rt Hon John Key, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman and Prof Graham Le Gros also gave speeches.
We would like to thank everyone who was able to join us at the event.
A commemorative booklet, which celebrates our first 50 years, was available at the close of the evening. It can also be downloaded here: