National Animal Welfare Ethics Committee membership

Find out about membership in the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) and current members.

NAEAC members have a wide range of experience

NAEAC is made up of a chairperson and up to 9 other members. Members are chosen for their expertise and need a range of knowledge and experience including:

  • veterinary science
  • medical science
  • biological science
  • commercial use of animals
  • environmental and conservation management
  • ethical standards and conduct in respect of animals
  • education issues, including the use of animals in schools
  • manipulation of animals in research, testing, and teaching
  • environmental and conservation management
  • animal welfare advocacy.

NAEAC chairperson

Professor Natalie K Waran

BSc (Hons), PhD

Executive Dean, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Health Science, Eastern Institute of Technology

NAEAC members

Professor Laura Bennet


Professor of Physiology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland

Dr Angenita B Harding

BVSc, MBA (Dist)


Dr Janine A Duckworth

BAg Sc (Hons), PhD

Scientist, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd

Dr Joanne L Holter



Dr Jacquie L Harper

BSc (Hons), PhD

General Manager Research and Innovation, Bragato Research Institute

Ms Rachel A Heeney

BSc, Dip Tchg

Head of Biology, Epsom Girls Grammar School (nominated by the Ministry of Education)

Dr Michael R King

B Appl Sc (Hons), PhD

Senior Lecturer, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago (nominated by the Health Research Council of New Zealand)

Dr Dianne Wepa


Senior Lecturer, Adjunct, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Jessica K Walker

BAppAnimTech, GDipHE, MSc, PhD

National Science Manager at SPCA New Zealand

Who to contact

If you have any questions about NAEAC, email

Last reviewed: 18 Nov 2021