Firstly, I would like to thank the organisers of this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and the Council of the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS) for considering me worthy of providing this year’s TH Pullar address. I am indeed honoured to be able to deliver the address some 42 years after the first given by Dr. F W Gunz at the ASM in 1967. The TH Pullar address honours the memory of Thomas Henry Pullar who passed away in August 1966. Dr Pullar was born in Auckland and travelled to Scotland with his family as a boy. He studied medicine at Glasgow and Sheffield universities and trained in pathology prior to his return to New Zealand in 1937. Dr Pullar took up a position at Palmerston North Hospital where he worked until he moved to Tauranga in 1963. Thomas Pullar was an advocate and friend of technologists and he worked to establish professional laboratory standards and set up training schemes for technologists in this country.