Plastic surgery gives me the immense privilege of becoming intimately involved in patients’ lives and journeys. I can truly say that in being a plastic surgeon, I really do “what I love” everyday.

The great trust and confidence that patients place in their surgeon is never far from my mind. I firmly believe in achieving and surpassing patients’ expectations, and this can only be done by being approachable and listening to patients, dedication to technical and artistic finesse, and state-of-the-art knowledge and experience.

Plastic surgery is part ‘art’ and part ‘science’. Every patient requires an individually tailored solution and my philosophy is to dedicate whatever time, attention and effort is required to achieve the desired result in the safest possible way. Both myself and my nursing team are committed to offering a professional yet relaxed experience along with the very best possible surgical care.


Zachary is a consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Middlemore, Kidz First, and Starship Children’s Hospitals in Auckland. Prior to his move to Auckland in 2009 he held a consultant position at Waikato Hospital. During this time he served as the Director of Plastic Surgery and Supervisor of Advanced Surgical Training in Plastic Surgery.

Zac graduated in Medicine from Otago University in 1996 with several Distinctions. He subsequently has been the recipient of a number of academic honours including the prestigious Gordon-Taylor Gold Medal awarded to the top ranking training surgeon in Australia and New Zealand.

After completing his surgical training Zac traveled overseas to Asia, North America and Europe to work alongside some of the most highly regarded and talented plastic surgeons in the world in both aesthetic & reconstructive plastic surgery. Highlights of his time abroad include the highly esteemed Cleft and Cranio-maxillofacial fellowship in Taiwan, Synthes traveling scholarship to Los Angeles and Dallas, and the Mentor aesthetic fellowship in the leading facial aesthetic practice in London. Working with world leaders in plastic surgery was a phenomenally rewarding and inspiring experience. Being mentored by such expert surgeons overseas enabled Zac to refine his surgical skills and gain a vast amount of knowledge and experience.

Since returning to New Zealand in 2007, Zac has worked diligently to build a reputation of excellence, approachability, and compassion.

Zac regularly attends national and international conferences both as a participant and lecturer, maintaining close links with colleagues overseas. This ensures he stays current with advances in all areas of plastic surgery. Zac is also passionately involved with charitable surgical missions overseas performing repair of cleft lip & palate deformities as well as other reconstructive procedures. When not at work Zac relishes spending time with his wife and five fabulous children.