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.

Reflections from Bachelor of Health Scholarship Recipient, Saya Karauna

The $10,000 Braemar Charitable Trust Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Scholarships we fund through the University of Waikato also include a 4-week paid placement with Braemar or one of ourRead more

Braemar Charitable Trust University of Waikato Scholarships New Open!

The Braemar Charitable Trust University of Waikato Scholarships for 2024 are now open until the closing date of 15 March 2024.  These scholarships provide funding of $10,000, in addition to up to 4Read more

2023 Pink Walk and Run

Braemar Hospital through funding from the Braemar Charitable Trust, is proud to have been the Gold Sponsor of the Breast Cancer Research Trust Pink Walk since 2011. The first Pink Walk was organised Read more

Behind the Scenes visit to Braemar Hospital

Last week Braemar Hospital Board Chair Graeme Milne, Braemar Charitable Trust Chair Vicky McLennan and Braemar Charitable Trust Manager Paula Baker, had the opportunity to get into scrubs and take aRead more

Braemar Hui with Cure Kids

Last week we privileged to host CEO Frances Benge, Head of Philanthropy, Debby Bell and Head of Research, Helen Teale from Cure Kids here at Braemar Hospital. Braemar Charitable Trust Manager PaulaRead more

Waikato Community Funding Expo 2023

Like to learn more about what we do? Come and see us at the 2023 Waikato Funding Expo on 1st November. We look forward to seeing you there!Read more

Congratulations to Braemar Medical Associate Nishith Patel

Braemar Medical Associate and Waikato Hospital based Specialist Cardiothoracic surgeon Nishith Patel, has been awarded the 2023 Foundation100 Fellowship from the Heart Foundation NZ. TheRead more

Aidan O'Donnell appointed as new Medical Trustee

We would like to introduce new Braemar Charitable Trust Medical Trustee Aidan O'Donnell. Aidan joined the Trust at the start of September and replaces retiring Medical Trustee Chris O'Meeghan. AidanRead more

Vicky McLennan Appointed as new Chairperson, Braemar Charitable Trust

The Braemar Charitable Trust is delighted to announce that Vicky McLennan has been appointed as its new Independent Chairperson. Vicky formally took up the position on 1 September and replaces retiriRead more

Te Rau Oranga Fund launched

When Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Ruth Tan approached the Braemar Charitable Trust about her vision of creating a new philanthropic investment fund dedicated to getting more Maaori into the health sector, Read more

Braemar Hospital Opens New Nikau Wing

The Braemar Charitable Trust is excited to share that Braemar Hospital has become the second largest private hospital in New Zealand with the completion of its recently opened $6.5m 18-bed Nikau WingRead more

Showcasing Braemar Charitable Trust Funded Medical Research

Through our relationship with the Waikato Medical Research Foundation, we fund medical research that seeks to reduce inequity/barriers to access in healthcare and supports the growth of medicalRead more