Mani Bruce Mitchell - Co-chair of ITANZ
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.
Dame Margaret Sparrow DNZM MBE
Dame Margaret is a specialist sexual health physician, now retired. She worked in Family Planning for 34 years and the Wellington FPA clinic is named after her. She is an Honorary Vice President and Life Member of FPA. In 1976 she studied for the diploma in venereology in London and on her return to New Zealand worked at the Wellington Sexual Health Service, then part of Wellington Public Hospital. It was there that she met Mani and became involved in intersex issues. She is a Past President of the New Zealand Venereological Society (now the New Zealand Sexual Health Society). She has a special interest in abortion services and is a Past President of ALRANZ (the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand). She is a Company Director of Istar Ltd which imports the abortion pill into New Zealand. She has always had a commitment to issues of sexual and reproductive human rights.
Dr Brian King
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.
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 Geraldine Christmas
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.
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.
Georgia Andrews - Co-chair of ITANZ
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.