ECART members are appointed by the Minister of Health for a three-year term up to a maximum of six years.

The members represent a broad range of disciplines, professions and interests including expertise in ethics, health and disability, Māori health, and consumer advocacy.

Current ECART members are listed below:


Iris Reuvecamp. Iris Reuvecamp (Chair)

Iris was appointed Chair of ECART in August 2015.

Iris is a barrister and solicitor, and has many years of experience specialising in health and disability law in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Iris has worked as in-house counsel and as an external adviser for a wide range of health and disability sector clients. Iris currently practises as a sole practitioner at Vida Law.

Iris’ practice includes advising on administrative and public law issues; civil litigation and judicial review processes; complaints, inquiries, investigations and inquests; corporate and clinical governance (including conflicts of interest and legal compliance); health sector policy; privacy law; health sector procurement and contracting; health sector employment; mental health; personal welfare and protection of personal and property rights; personal injury, treatment injury and accident compensation; and professional regulation.

Iris has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Criminology from Victoria University of Wellington (1998), and a Masters in Bioethics and Health Law (Distinction) from the University of Otago (2012). She is a member of the Institute of Directors (2014) and an associate member of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (2016). She is currently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Auckland specialising in human rights.


Jeanne Snelling

Jeanne is an experienced academic with a wealth of knowledge in the health sector and bioethics.

Jeanne is currently working as a Lecturer for the Faculty of Law and the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago, where she has previously held a number of roles including the supervision of postgraduate students. She has also previously been a Research Fellow for the Bioethics Centre at the Dunedin School of Medicine.

Jeanne has been involved in a range of research projects covering topics such as medical law, law and genomics, and law and neuroscience.


Jude Venning Charlton. Jude Venning Charlton

Jude was born with a physical disability, and has always been a fighter for disability rights, particularly in relation to access, education, and employment.

Jude gained a degree in Sociology and Education, as an adult student at Canterbury University. Since then, she has worked in disability support on campus at CPIT and Lincoln University. During her time on campus, Jude traveled overseas, on a Churchill Fellowship, meeting disabled students, and disability support staff.

Her background also includes working as an educator for the Human Rights Commission, and an advocate in the disability sector.

Jude has also enjoyed working as a volunteer teaching English to Refugees and Migrants, and was a founding member of the Disabled Persons Assembly.

She is currently enjoying semi-retirement and spending time with her grandchildren, while working part time for CCS Disability Action, giving disability awareness presentations to schools and the wider community.


Mike Legge. Michael (Mike) Legge

Mike retired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry University of Otago where he now holds an Honorary Research Associate Professorship. Initially qualifying and working in Chemical Pathology in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, he completed his PhD in embryology in the United Kingdom on a Scholarship and has worked in IVF clinics in the United Kingdom, before returning to New Zealand to take up his position with the University of Otago.

As a previous past President of the New Zealand Infertility Society (now Fertility NZ) he has a strong interest in all aspects of assisted reproductive technologies. He has been involved with and Chaired a number of national and international scientific and ethics committees relating to health sciences and policy, including Deputy Chair of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology.

He is a Fellow of and Examiner for the Faculty of Science, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and continues his research, collaborations and publications with colleagues investigating aspects of metabolism, reproduction, bioethics and concepts of families using reproductive technologies.


Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia.

Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia

Mōkau ki runga, Tāmaki ki raro,
Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato, Te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere,
Mangatoatoa ki waenganui
Ngāti Maniapoto te iwi
Ngāti Paretekawa, Ngāti Unu ngā hapū
Ko Mania Maniapoto-Ngaia e mihi kau atu ana

Mania is a proud māmā of two, committed to working with whānau to develop and broaden opportunities that will benefit future generations, particularly of her hapū and whānau.

Mania graduated from Victoria and Massey Universities, and later worked between New Zealand and Canada developing and supporting capability of Māori, Pasifika, and First Nations iwi to enhance their health services and social outcomes. Her experience and background extends to the tertiary education sector, improving equity outcomes, undertaking quality assurance of tertiary education providers, evaluation and research.

He tina ki runga, he tāmore ki raro
Contentment above, firmly rooted below


Tepora Emery.

Dr Tepora Emery

Qualifications: PhD; Masters of Social Science (First Class Hons); Bachelor of Social Science (Hons with First Class Honours); Bachelor of Education; Diploma of Teaching (Primary); Certificate in Adult Learning and Teaching; Te Ataarangi 1 Theory and Philosophy of Te Reo Māori.

Tepora works at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Rotorua where she holds multiple roles. Namely, Kaupapa Māori Research Leader, Principal Lecturer (Masters of Applied Professional Studies) and Senior Researcher. Tepora has deep roots in the Te Arawa being affiliated to Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiwewehi and Ngāti Whakaue.  On her father’s side she is from Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Kahu ki Maniapoto – Tainui waka.

In 2018-2019 Tepora was the Principal Investigator for Toi Ohomai’s New Zealand Science Challenge Research Project – Toitū te Kainga, Toitū te Tangata, Toitū te Ora (Health homes, healthy people). She is Co-lead investigator for the Kōeke a ko ake nei – towards intergenerational positive ageing for Ngati Pikiao peoples research which is a collaborative venture between Ngati Pikiao Iwi Trust and Toi Ohomai. Supporting, creating and facilitating research and education pathways, opportunities and benefits for Toi Ohomai staff, and whānau, hapū, iwi and hāpori in the Toi Ohomai rohe, is central to her work.

Tepora’s rich research and learning and teaching background has led to an holistic approach to her work; she believes that research and education, leading to critical awareness of dominant cultural and societal influences, is foremost to leading a full, rich and meaningful life. Through her work she encourages people to critically question and examine social, political and economic structures in order to deepen their consciousness and understanding of the world around them.

Tepora was appointed in June 2019 as a lay member with expertise in Māori customary values and perspectives.


Dr Emily Liu

Emily is currently employed as a Senior Medical Officer in Women’s Health at Fertility Plus, Auckland District Health Board, where she has been actively involved in overseeing applications to ECART for the last two years.

Emily is a fertility specialist and gynaecologist with experience in both the public and private sectors. She is also employed as a gynaecologist and fertility specialist at Repromed Fertility.

Emily has developed her skills in research and has been actively involved in several trials in the area of fertility.


Professor Angela Ballantyne 

Angela is an Associate Professor in Bioethics at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Angela is currently serving as the ethics member on the National COVID-19 Immunisation Implementation Advisory Group and previously served on the Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee for eight years.

Angela is a previous member of ECART, but resigned as she accepted the opportunity to be Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore on an 18-month secondment. 


Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia

Analosa is a health professional with a wealth of governance, community and professional experience.

Analosa is currently undertaking a Health Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship which will enable her to create, pilot and evaluate a supplementary Pacific sexuality resource toolkit designed for New Zealand teachers of Pacific students. She is the Director and Founder of Manino Limited, and has previously been a Lecturer in the School of Counselling, Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland.

Analosa also recently finished her term as a member of ACART.


Richard Ngatai

Richard's whakapapa stretches from Ngāti Makino (Te Arawa) on his father's side to Ngāti Kahungunu (Tākitimu) and Ngāti Wehi Wehi (Tainui) on his mother's side. 

Richard holds bachelor degrees in laws and arts, trained as a secondary teacher and completed his master of laws with a focus on international law and indigenous rights. 

He is,an experienced strategy and policy practitioner with extensive experience in a wide range of social, health and operational policy sectors.

Richard has held roles with the Office of the Ombudsman (both in NZ and the UK), New Zealand Defence Force, Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB), as well as spending several years working for the Care Quality Commission (the national health and social care regulator) in London. Prior to working in the UK, Richard worked for the Human Rights Commission and Te Puni Kōkiri.

He currently works at NZ Police, while acting as a lay member for SWRB’s Professional Conduct Committees, a member of the Pharmacy Council of NZ's Te Tiriti Advisory Group, and is a whānau representative on Wellington High School’s school board. The rest of his time is taken by chasing his 6 year old around the house and garden, and chasing his teenage son off the X-Box…


Dr Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll

Annabel (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu) is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canterbury.

Since graduating with her Master of Public Health in 2000, Annabel has worked as a researcher in a broad range of areas relating to Māori development and advancement. More recently as part of her PhD research and a Marsden-funded research project, Annabel has investigated Māori experiences of closed adoption and whāngai, and the implications for whakapapa, whānau and identity. She is also involved in research relating to reproductive and maternal health, including donor conception openness and māmā and pēpi emotional engagement. 

Annabel was appointed in November 2022 as a non-lay member with expertise in health research.


Dr Simon McDowell

Simon (Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngati Oneone, Whangara) is a subspecialist in the field of infertility and reproductive endocrinology.  He is the Medical Director at Fertility Associates in Wellington, and helps people in the fertility area.  Simon is dually qualified, with subspecialty qualification in fertility and advanced laparoscopic surgery. More importantly Simon has 3 children, aged 4 to 14, he loves the outdoors, running on trails and spending time with his whanau.

He is also a laparoscopic surgeon. This involves laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic treatment of fibroids, hysteroscopic surgery and surgical treatment of ovarian cysts and fallopian tubes. An open procedure is avoided but is occasionally necessary.

Simon is a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (CREI), the highest qualification in Australia and New Zealand in this field. He aims to preserve and protect fertility in patients requiring treatment and surgery.

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