The New Zealand Medical Association was formed more than a century ago. Its inaugural meeting was held in Otago in 1886. Ten years later, the Association became affiliated with the British Medical Association (BMA), and remained a branch of the BMA until 1967.

A year after regaining its independence, the NZMA received a grant of arms from Her Majesty's College of Arms. The shield shows the staff with the single serpent that represents the Rod of Aesculapius, the Greek God of Medicine, a fleam, which the medieval physician used to open veins for blood-letting, and the Southern Cross.

The Association's motto is Scientia et Concordia: Knowledge and Accord.

The NZMA retains strong links with the British, Australian and many other medical associations throughout the world. The NZMA is also a member of the World Medical Association.

Since its inception in 1886 the NZMA has been at the forefront of health sector advocacy.

NZMA timeline
1886      NZMA founded. The first meeting’s agenda included issue of unqualified vaccinators, the registration of midwives and new rule that made doctors ineligible to become coroners. The first President was Dr Thomas Hocken.
1887       First issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal published.
1896          A New Zealand branch of the British Medical Association was formed and the original NZMA disestablished. It was envisaged that affiliation with the BMA would increase influence and prestige of the NZ medical profession.
1898        First woman member of the NZMA signs up – Dr Emily Siedeberg. She later served as medical superintendent of St. Helen’s Hospital in Dunedin. 
1939-45      NZMA finds advocacy and representation difficult as many of its members are overseas fighting in World War Two.
1941                 Fee for service plan for GPs introduced – doctor paid five shillings for each consultation and illegal to charge additional fee. 
1967                 NZMA achieves total autonomy from BMA and is named Medical Association of New Zealand (later changed back to NZMA in 1976). 
1980s        NZMA ceases to be a union. 
1999             Pippa McKay elected first female NZMA Chair, and Dame Norma Restieaux appointed first female NZMA President. 
2002          New Zealand Medical Journal becomes an online publication. 
2011             NZMA celebrates 125 years as the pan-professional body representing doctors and their patients 

 

NZMA presidents and chairs

New Zealand Medical Association

Year

President

Chair of Council

2012

Tony Baird

Paul Ockelford

2011

Aine McCoy

Paul Ockelford

2010

Aine McCoy

Peter Foley

2009

Ronald Goodey

Peter Foley

2008

David Kerr

Peter Foley

2007

Peter Roberts

Peter Foley

2006

George Downward

Ross Boswell

2005

Murdoch Herbert

Ross Boswell

2004

Ken Thomson

Tricia Briscoe

2003

Dennis Pezaro

Tricia Briscoe

2002

Peter Dukes

John Adams

2001

Tom Marshall

John Adams

2000

Roy Holmes

Pippa Mackay

1999

Dame Norma Restieaux

Pippa Mackay

1998

Sir John Scott

Anton Wiles

1997

Owen Prior

Brian Linehan

1996

Bert Insull

Brian Linehan

1995

Noel Roydhouse

Dennis Pezaro

1994

Anthony Foley

Dennis Pezaro

1993

Michael Shackleton

Alister Scott

1992

Keith Gibb

Alister Scott

1991

Jeremy Hopkins

Alister Scott

1990

Graham Gordon

Lewis King

1989

Graham Beale

Lewis King

1988

R. W. Hilliker

M. A. H. Baird

1987

M. H. Cooper

M. A. H. Baird

1986

A. R. Stone

J. M. Broadfoot

1985

M. G. Dunshea

J. M. Broadfoot

1984

N. G. Prentice

D. C. Williams

1983

J. P. Broad

D. C. Williams

1982

J. E. Rouse

J. D. P. Hopkins

1981

O. R. Nicholson

J. D. P. Hopkins

1980

B. J. Bowden

B. G. Jew

1979

W. J. Pryor

B. G. Jew

1978

K. E. Kibblewhite

Graham Gordon

1977

Randal Elliott

Graham Gordon

1976

H. H. Gilbert

W. J. Treadwell

     

The Medical Association of New Zealand

Year

President

Chairman of Council

1976

H. H. Gilbert

W. J. Treadwell

1975

N. C. Begg

W. J. Treadwell

1974

G. C. R. Hay

Maurice Matich

1973

K. R. Tyler

Maurice Matich

1972

A. C. A. Coombes

Randal Elliott

1971

A. Douglas

Randal Elliott

1970

K. J. Talbot

Lindsay Brown

1969

Graeme Talbot

Lindsay Brown

1968

W. J. R. Hutchison

Lindsay Brown

1967

N. F. Greenslade

Lindsay Brown

     

British Medical Association (New Zealand Branch)

Year

President

Chairman of Council

1966

A. P. S. Whyte

Lindsay Brown

1965

J. O. Merger

N. C. Rigg

1964

B. J. Bogarty

N. C. Rigg

1963

E. G. Sayers

J. R. Dawson

1962

W. P. P. Gordon

J. R. Dawson

1961

F. P. Furkert

J. R. Dawson

1960

D. C. Low

J. R. Dawson

1959

J. F. Landreth

Russell Thomas

1958

G. W. Gower

Russell Thomas

1957

P. P. Lynch

W. J. P. Hutchison

1956

J. A. Bottinger

W. J. P. Hutchison

1955

G. B. Fitzgerald

W. J. P. Hutchison

1954

P. Kahlenberg

W. J. P. Hutchison

1953

K. MacCormick

W. J. P. Hutchison

1952

F. A. Scannell

J. O. Merger

1951

L. G. L Averill

J. O. Merger

1950

E. H. M. Luke

J. O. Merger

1949

D. S. Wylie

J. O. Merger

1948

J. A. Jenkins

E. H. M. Luke

1947

T. G. Gray

E. H. M. Luke

1946

A. Eisdell Moore

E. H. M. Luke

1945

S. D. Rhind

E. H. M. Luke

1944

W. H. Unwin

J. P. S. Jamieson

1943

W. F. Buist

J. P. S. Jamieson

1942

T. C. Fraser

D. McGavin

1941

H. M. Wilson

D. McGavin

1940

A. Wilson

D. McGavin

1939

P. S. Foster

F. T. Bowerbank

1938

J. P. S. Jamieson

F. T. Bowerbank

1937

T. D. M Stout

G. F. V. Anson

1936

R. Hogg

G. F. V. Anson

1935

D. W. Carmalt Jones

T. F. Corkill

1934

D. S. Wylie

T. F. Corkill

1933

G. Home

T. D. M. Stout

1932

C. G. Aickin

T. D. M. Stout

1931

J. W. Williams

D. E. Fenwick

1930

Thos. Mill

D. E. Fenwick

1929

J. S. Elliott

D. McGavin

1928

Hugh Douglas

D. McGavin

1927

F. S. Batchelor

M. E. Gibbs

1926

S. A. Gibbs

M. E. Gibbs

1925

P. W. Hislop

J. S. Elliott

1924

Carrick H. Robertson

J. S. Elliott

1923

F. G. Gibson

W. E. Herbert

1922

Wm. Young

W. E. Herbert

1921

J. P. D. Leahy

W. E. Herbert

1920

H. Lindo Ferguson

E. W. Giesen

1919

W. K. Fyffe

E. W. Giesen

1918

H. Pollen

J. S. Elliott

1917

J. W. Crawshaw

W. Young

1916

W. E. Collins

W. E. Herbert

1915

William Irving

D. McGavin

1914

W. H. Parkes

J. S. Elliott

1913

H. R. Hatherley

Wm. Young

1912

H. V. Drew

J. R. Purdy

1911

T. C. Savage

J. R. Purdy

1910

J. R. Purdy

W. Fell

1909

T. C. Moore

W. Fell

1908

Thos. Cahill

W. Fell

1907

L. E. Barnett

W. Fell

1906

C. M. Anderson

W. E. Collins

1905

E. Roberton

W. E. Collins

1904

W. E. Collins

E. Roberton

1903

S. A. Gibbs

W. E. Collins

1902

D. Colquhoun

W. E. Collins

1901

G. R. Saunders

W. E. Collins

1900

W. Thomas

W. Fell

1899

W.G. Scott

W. Fell

1898

W. Fell

-

1897

G. Gleghorn

-

1896

J. Irving

-

New Zealand Medical Association

 

Year

President

 

1896

H. Lindo Ferguson

 

1895

E. Jennings

 

1894

W. I. Spencer

 

1893

A. O. Knight

 

1892

M. S. Grange

 

1891

L. G. Boor

 

1890

T.M. Hocken

 

1889

G. M. Anderson

 

1888

F. W. E. Dawson

 

1887

A. Johnston