Mani Bruce Mitchell - Executive Director
Dip. T., Dip. Ed., Dip. Counsel., MNZAC, ITTA Counsellor
Established ITANZ (Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand ) 1996 . My own clinical practice has been informed and extended by my own journey and exploration of my birth as an intersex person. My childhood was a complex discordant disjunction of growing up with conservative, loving parents in remote rural New Zealand and the never spoken about shrouded secret of my variant body and intersex reality. Trained as a teacher, with significant amounts of media training as a result of a 14 year career in emergency management I made a very careful and considered decision in 1996 to live openly, work as a professional person as an educator and break the silence, secrecy and shame that has surrounded this reality.
Georgia Andrews - Chairperson
I spent my childhood on a farm in rural Central Otago, before moving to Dunedin in 2011 to complete a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Otago. Since graduating, I have worked in disability support roles throughout the city. I also teach Pilates classes part-time.
Eight years after my intersex diagnosis I had the pleasure of meeting Mani Bruce Mitchell for the first time. I was told by doctors at age 16 that I would probably never meet someone else who was intersex in New Zealand, so this was a profoundly life-changing moment.
As a youth representative member of Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand and Intersex Youth Aotearoa, I am strongly focused on promoting the rights and voices of intersex children, adults, and their families.
Tom Hamilton - Treasurer
Tommy is a Trans guy who has lived and worked in Aotearoa since 2004. Tommy lives in Auckland and works in the LGBTI community. He previously was the Executive Director of Rainbow Youth from 2009- 2013. Currently he is a volunteer counsellor at Outline NZ and the volunteer coordinator at Body Positive. Tommy also works as a lecturer at Unitec in the area of collaborative practice.
Jeanie Douché - Secretary
RGONZ RM BSc MA PhD
I have been a board member of the Intersex Trust of Aotearoa-New Zealand since 2010 and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Graduate School of Nursing Midwifery & Health, Victoria Univesrity Wellington. From 2000 until 2014, I worked as a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Services at Massey University Wellington, teaching in the area of the social and political context of health. My interests lie in the field of Women’s health and (inter)sexuality, Gender, Language use, Cultural safety and Research Methodologies. I completed my MA in Midwifery, entitled Women’s Choice of Birth place and Locus of Control in 1997 and PhD entitled Caesarean section in the absence of clinical indications: Discourses constituting choice in childbirth in 2007. I am currently embarking on a collaborated study with Mani Bruce Mitchell with regard to infant genital reassignment surgery and its corollary for intersexual adult citizens.
Dr Brian King - Trustee
Brian is a cis-gendered researcher who facilitates research on how people use language socially, particularly from the point of view of gender. In the past he and Mani have worked together on research into intersex awareness in secondary school sexuality education programmes in New Zealand. He serves as a language consultant for ITANZ, and he has recently been invited to join the Intersex Research Coalition. He has published articles in international journals such as Language in Society, Sexualities, Gender and Language, Journal of Language and Sexuality, and Journal of Language Identity and Education.
Dr Geraldine Christmas - Trustee
In December 2013 Geraldine graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington. Geraldine’s academic and research interests not only include the medical management of intersexuality, but support and empowerment for people with intersex conditions and their families. Her doctoral thesis investigates the medical management of intersexuality in New Zealand, and support for intersex New Zealanders and their families. Her thesis also examines issues such as informed consent, human and children’s rights. Geraldine’s research is informed by the narratives of New Zealanders with intersex conditions, parents of children with intersex conditions, registered nurses, specialist clinicians, representatives from community/support organisations and a former member of parliament. Her thesis also investigates medical teaching in New Zealand: not only about intersex anatomy but two key issues which shape society – gender and sexuality.
Geraldine’s thesis also discusses the difficulties in undertaking research on what can be regarded as a sensitive topic in New Zealand, especially in terms of maintaining confidentiality in a small population. Having done a doctorate with a New Zealand focus, Geraldine is currently investigating postdoctoral opportunities with a more international focus. She is interested in making comparisons between her research findings in New Zealand and greater-populated countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
“It’s a... does it matter?” Theorising “boy or girl” binary classifications, intersexuality and medical practice in New Zealand. Women’s Studies Journal, December 2013, 27(1), 25-35. This article presents material not included in the final version of Geraldine’s doctoral thesis, and is available at Women's Studies Journal website.
“It’s a... does it matter?” Theorising “boy or girl” binary classifications, intersexuality and medical practice in New Zealand (unpublished doctoral thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). Available at Victoria University of Wellington Archive.
Katrina's research relating to intersex takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from gender studies and critical psychology. Her current work examines how health processionals, parents, and young people make sense of the medical interventions undertaken in relation to intersex. She is also interested in the role of psychological support in healthcare and is involved in health professional education relating to gender, sexuality, and sex diversity. She is one of the founding members of EuroPSI: European network for psychosocial studies of intersex/diverse sex development.
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