In 1986, the first percutaneous coronary angioplasty in Wellington was carried out, and one year later, the first aortic and pulmonary valvuloplasties were undertaken.
Thus Wellington's percutaneous intervention programme had begun.
The first mitral valvuloplasty followed in 1991.
Non-invasive diagnosis also reached a milestone with the arrival of colour doppler in 1987. Multiplane transoesophageal echo would follow in 1994.
There were some new faces on the senior medical staff - Stewart Mann arrived in 1986, Mark Simmonds in 1995, Phil Matsis and Timothy O'Meeghan in 1998 and Andrew Aitken in 2000.
Both Peter Leslie and Ron Easthope retired in 2000.
A new Cardiac Care Unit opened in 1993 as did a new cardiac catheterisation laboratory.