The challenges facing neurosurgery are rapidly increasing, as are the subsequent increase of disorders such as stroke and traumatic brain injury. It is absolutely vital that further developments are research-based if we are going to maintain and improve the standard of neurosurgery in New Zealand at a world class level. To address this compelling challenge and opportunity, The University of Auckland, in partnership with the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, has launched a fundraising campaign to endow the inaugural Chair of Neurosurgery at The University of Auckland. The critical function of this new Professor will be to harness, integrate and provide exciting new research opportunities, further developing world-class neurosurgical treatments. The individual appointed will be a true “surgeon-scientist” with high-level brain surgery skills and a passion for research. The fund will also support a Senior Research Fellow and provide research and administrative support.