"A lot of people who are trans experience gender dysmorphia," says Max, from across a table in one of Wellington's finest bagel establishments.
"I don't personally feel that. Perhaps that has a lot to do with both my politics and the fact that I have been able to access transitional therapies easily.
"For me, being trans is an identity, not an illness. I definitely see myself as genderqueer as opposed to a traditional transsexual. That said, I'm having surgery to remove my breasts."
Max Prendergast, 23, is a genderqueer Maori Honours student, has a killer set of glasses frames, and loves his body. He began his transition this year, with the help of a doctor at Student Health.
Max is glad he did. "My GP was amazing, really friendly and amazing. She admitted to me that she'd never seen a trans student before and had no idea what to do, but in a way that was kind of great because we got to do it together."