Jelly O'Shea


The Intersex Trust Aotearoa now has an ongoing fundraising campaign through a Givealittle page.

ITANZ will utilise the generous funding from donors to...

• Upgrade our dual websites; ITANZ & Intersex Youth Aotearoa in order to reach and educate more people about living with diverse sex characteristics. We also dream about being able to assist those most isolated in our community to find out more about themselves, and guide them to safe spaces of support.

• Continue to develop resources and training materials relevant to Aotearoa.

• Attend relevant national and international hui to raise awareness and to advocate for intersex issues.

• Write and deliver key workshops for schools, health professionals and organisations. Our vision seeks to guide everyone on how they can be a supportive teacher, doctor, friend or whānau to intersex folks.

<3 If you are able to support us financially, thank you! It will make a world of difference, as well as a different world. <3

OurMarch was held in Tāmaki Makaurau on Saturday the 8th of Feb. A community process informed the takeover of these events after robust community consultation. The result of the consultation has meant a rich and vibrant celebration inclusive of all genders, cultural groups and variations in sex characteristics was visible on the day.

Auckland Pride states  "OurMarch champions the kaupapa of OurPride, through liberating and celebrating with Auckland’s rainbow communities. OurMarch is a demonstration of energy, unity, and the rich diversity of our community."

We are proud of our ITANZ trustee and intersex advocate Eliana Rubashkyn for being one of the many community members to promote the event.

Eliana Rubashkyn Photography by Russ Flatt for Auckland Pride


Eliana Rubashkyn and Mani Bruce Mitchell. Photo by Rebecca Swan.

Intersex inclusion was clear on the day, with yellow and purple colours mingling beautifully with the rainbow and trans colours also present.  The intersex flag banner led by Mani and Eliana was supported by many wonderful allies and friends.

This year ITANZ and Intersex Youth Aotearoa are creating our own visual campaign for Intersex Awareness Day 2019. Join us in the lead up to this annual event, with these educational images below. These have been made with the help of some amazing friends volunteering their time and skills. A giant thanks to Ted Whitaker for filming us being dorks, Christina Lilley for Design and Cooki Stains for the beats used in our video (soon to come). Each day this week we are launching a new image, each with a special insight supplied by one of our intersex whanau.





The New Zealand Parliament's rainbow select committee room has been refurbished a decade after it was first opened. Proudly displayed among many other flags of note is the intersex flag!

It was first opened in 2008, when then Speaker Hon Margaret Wilson approved the dedication of the room to the nation’s gay, lesbian, and transgender community.

Morgan Carpenter of Intersex Human Rights Australia, wrote the segment below after designing the flag in 2013...

"We struggle a bit with symbols for intersex, and people with intersex variations; many of us don’t see the need for them, while other people seem to like something to identify with.

There is no commonly understood symbol or flag, even within intersex communities. Many attempts have seemed derivative, of a rainbow flag, of gendered pink and blue colours, of transgender symbols, or an infinity symbol used by some bisexual groups. This is one attempt to create something that is not derivative, but yet is firmly grounded in meaning.


The colour yellow has long been regarded as an intersex colour, neither blue nor pink. Purple, too, has been used for the same purpose – including on this site.

The circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolising wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolises the right to be who and how we want to be.

......This is available freely for use by any intersex person or organisation who wishes to use it, in a human rights affirming community context."

For the latest update to the story, as well as a downloadable image of the intersex flag head to Morgan Carpenters own website here.



ITANZ is proud to share the role of host Ropu, alongside the Tiwhanawhana Trust and RainbowYOUTH for this years ILGA World Conference, 2019!

ILGA is being held here in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Up to 400 people from 160 countries are attending this year's conference! Over 30 intersexy people are among this wonderful bunch.

Our visitors for the conference feature many activists and contributors to LGBTIQA+ organisations. 

Over 120 scholarships were granted for the event, supporting delegates from 87 countries – over 75% of whom come from the Global South. A strong emphasis was placed on supporting people from marginalised population groups and identities - including sex workers, persons with disabilities, persons living with HIV, and more.

Image credit Mani Mitchell
Wellington Airport Rainbow in support of Pride and ILGA

Find out more by clicking on the link below. Day registrations are still available!








We would love to thank Sam for their inspiring and creative art work that has helped us share and tell the intersex story.

"Sam Orchard is committed to building a world where our many differences and complexities are celebrated. Sam writes comics, essays and children’s books, creates animated videos, podcasts, resources and social media campaigns with this aim.

Sam’s comics and resources about sexuality, sex and gender have been used by NZ Human Rights Commission, the Asia Pacific Trans Network, the Intersex Trust of New Zealand, Gender Minorities, and internationally by SOGISC advocates."



Georgia Andrews

ITANZ Givealittle Fundraiser Launch!

ITANZ is a charitable trust that provides education, information and training on intersex issues for organisations and individual people. ITANZ is now seeking donations to ensure we can continue doing this important work.

If you can donate head to our givealittle page here:

By donating you can help:

• Cover immediate operational costs

• Maintain the Intersex Youth Aotearoa online presence

• Develop resources and training materials relevant to Aotearoa

• Attend relevant conference and hui to raise awareness for intersex issues


Kia Ora Folks!


ITANZ is stepping into 2019 with a bounce! We are welcoming Georgia to Wellington permanently for a new exciting role as the Rainbow and Inclusion Adviser at Victoria University of Wellington. Georgia's relocation to Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara compliments the move at the last ITANZ AGM to appoint Georgia as Chairperson of the board. Mani is stepping into the Executive Director position. These changes recognise with great joy that we have a greater capacity of intersex folks to hold more governance roles. Speaking of which, the newest member of the board Jelly O'Shea has agreed to step into the Communications Project Manager role. She comes with a wealth of knowledge in this area and is excited to bring greater intersexy awareness to Aotearoa. 

This year we at ITANZ will be updating you regularly through our this website and our facebook page with all the amazing work that were are doing. So keep an eye out!

Aroha to all our allies and intersexy friends.


26 October is Intersex Awareness Day (IAD) 2017 – A statement from ITANZ & introducing a new resource for Aotearoa.

Intersex Awareness Day  2017 (IAD 2017) highlights the progress of intersex led organisations in Aotearoa and around the world. On IAD 2017 the Intersex Trust of Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ) are proud to present our new resource; ‘All about Intersex’.

In Aotearoa we have vocal and passionate intersex people who are working within their own communities and with each other, educating, sharing their stories and integrating the experiences intersex people face day to day. ITANZ are developing new relationships to further improve access to health care and other every day social needs. This resource aims to further enhance the communities understanding of intersex people and improve the health and well-being for intersex people in Aotearoa.

Both individuals and organisations have stood beside ITANZ over the past 12 months and together we have learnt new language, process and shared our stories through resources, conferences, hui and media. Thank you for standing beside us, listening and teaching together. May we all enjoy and celebrate IAD 2017 together.

‘All about Intersex’, the resource is included as part of a package of resources available through the I’m Local Project and on the Intersex Youth Aotearoa and ITANZ websites. This resource is aimed at young people and their whanau, guardians or families nationally. We were elated to work with the artist Sam Orchard and RainbowYOUTH to develop this resource. We also want to thank InterACT and Pidgeon Pagonis for their inspiring information and ideas. You can see a video produced by RainbowYOUTH here for IAD 2017. We also want to especially thank Dr Elizabeth Kerekere who has featured in the ‘All about Intersex’ resource. We appreciate the care you take to stand alongside and support intersex people and their whanāu.

Alongside the development of our newest resource over the past year ITANZ has:

  • developed submissions with the support of HRC NZ for the United Nations, with resulting recommendations for the NZ government, including:
    • implement a child rights-based health care protocol for intersex children that guarantees the rights to bodily integrity and self-determination
    • investigate incidents of surgical and other medical treatment of intersex children without informed consent, and provide redress
    • educate professionals on biological and physical sexual diversity and consequences of unnecessary interventions on children
    • provide free access to surgical intervention and treatment related to their intersex condition for intersex children
  • Been involved in the second Intersex Round Table with selected health professionals and human rights experts nationally
  • Attended the first Australasian Intersex Conference in March 2017, Sydney Australia, culminating in the ‘Darlington Statement’.
  • Attended the ilga World Conference in November 2016, Bangkok Thailand, with Tiwhanawhana and RainbowYOUTH to support the successful bid for the 2019 Ilga World Conference being held in Wellington.
  • Human Rights Watch – I Want to Be Like Nature Made Me
  • Upcoming events
  • IAD 2017 Wellington – Dealing with Difference a talk with Mani Mitchell Friday October 27th, 12 noon – 1pm at Wellington Central Library.
  • 2019 Ilga World Conference being held in Wellington March 2019.
  • Nov 11-12 2017 Auckland - AISSG Intersex Support Conference New Zealand

All media enquiries please Contact:

Mani Mitchell – Executive Director of ITANZ