Melanie Hesseling

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Melanie leads our Funding and is based in Tāmaki Makaurau.

NBHD are always looking for sponsorship and funding support, if you have any funding related enquiries or opportunities please contact Mel below

Melanie leads Backyard and our funding, and is based in Tāmaki Makaurau.


She is passionate about public health promotion and community development, and strongly believes in equity in both opportunity and outcome.


She loves to foster community through hosting regular poetry nights and dinner parties and has a strong open door policy if you ever need a meal or a safe space. Melanie also aids her peers in launching and managing their creative endeavours.


If she’s not home you’ll find her at the yoga studio, at the gym, in the kitchen, or getting muddy in the garden.