What we do

Braemar Trust is a Waikato-based and focused charitable trust and the 100% shareholder of the Braemar Hospital, which has grown to be one of New Zealand’s leading private surgical hospitals. 

The Braemar Hospital story starts with the vision of one pioneering and entrepreneurial woman, a nursing sister named Frances Young. In 1926, Young saw the need for a private hospital to treat patients from the Waikato and so the seed of today’s hospital was sown.  After selling the hospital in the 1950s, its ownership remained in the hands of private medical practitioners until 1970, when it was transferred into the ownership of the Braemar Charitable Trust (then known as Braemar Hospital Charitable Trust). This date is significant as it means that 2021 marks our 50th year as owners of the hospital.

Congratulations to 2022 Braemar Charitable Trust Bachelor of Health Scholarship Winner-Maia Gardiner

Maia Gardiner’s (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) goal has always been clear; help her people. She hasn’t always been sure of how until she came to theRead more

Introducing Anna King, new General Manager People & Safety at Braemar Hospital

The Braemar Charitable Trust would like to welcome Anna King who will be joining the Braemar family on 30 May in the newly established role of GM People & Safety at Braemar Hospital. Anna is a seasonRead more

Honoring the Passing of Former Trustee, Barry Prior

The Braemar Family was very saddened to hear of of the passing of former Trustee Barry Prior who died peacefully last Wednesday 13 April. For more than half his career as an accountant, Barry PriorRead more

Applications for the 2023 Braemar Charitable Trust MBA Fund Opening soon!

Applications will open shortly for the 2023 Braemar Charitable Trust Master of Business Administration Fund. The fund to the value of $40,000, is available to an individual that reside in the MidlaRead more

Braemar Trust donates HIPEC machine to improve cancer treatment in our region

The Braemar Charitable Trust is excited to share that it recently donated funds to replace an aging heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) machine at Braemar Hospital. Investing in new servicesRead more

Hot of the Press-Our 50 year celebration book "Braemar in the Community" is now available

The Braemar Charitable Trust is excited to announce that our celebratory book ‘Braemar in the Community’ has been published. Our book shares the 50 year history of the Trust, the accounts ofRead more

Reflections from the Braemar Charitable Trust Scholarship recipient- Karen Turanga

At the beginning of 2022, Karen Turanga, Ngāi Tahu, recipient of the Braemar Charitable Trust’s Bachelor of Health scholarships in partnership with the University of Waikato, began a workRead more

Congratulations to our Trustee Kelvyn Eglinton and the team at Momentum for success at Waikato Business Awards

Congratulations to the team at Momentum Waikato Community Foundation for your success at the Waikato Business Awards. Really proud to have CEO Kelvyn Eglinton as one of our Trustees and part of theRead more

BCT supports Waikato Equitherapy to improve health outcomes in our community

Waikato Equitherapy is a not-for-profit organization operating out of the Waikato, with a team of 70 volunteers and 11 specially trained therapy ponies. Though the core purpose of WaikatoRead more

Braemar Hospital becomes the first hospital in New Zealand accredited to pay staff a living wage

Really proud to share this shareholder moment. Congratulations Braemar Hospital. This move underpins our values, our guiding principles of addressing inequities and strengthens our collective driveRead more

Braemar Charitable Trust invests in the next generation through the Kudos Science Trust

The Kudos Science Trust is another example of a community organization that the Braemar Charitable Trust is proud to partner with and support. Established in 2007, Kudos aims to recognize top scientiRead more

Meet Braemar Hospital Board Chair, Graeme Milne

Graeme Milne is the Chairman of the Braemar Hospital Board. Braemar Hospital is 100% owned by the Braemar Charitable Trust. In mid-2020, Graeme applied for and was offered a position on the BraemarRead more