Christchurch, New Zealand


Our people

Get to know Melanie

Melanie has many years of project management experience in the creative sector, including journal publication, magazine redesign, complex international filming shoots, website production, and creating and running events. As an award-winning writer, Melanie is passionate about putting effective word use at the heart of all clear communication.

Melanie understands the pressure to deliver products and programmes on time, to budget, with strategies that create meaningful change to drive organisations forward. She is currently director of Hagley Writers’ Institute – one of New Zealand’s most highly respected adult creative writing programmes, which is going from strength to strength under her leadership.

Her key skills include building rapport within groups and teams, goal setting in and out of the workplace, teaching across a broad range of subjects, and mentoring. She has special expertise in explaining complex topics in a way that is easily understood, and in motivating students to bring out the best of their capabilities. She has extensive teaching experience in the workplace and in educational settings, including at a tertiary level. In her teaching, she is guided by the Māori principal of āko – the reciprocal learning that occurs between student and teacher – and she encourages questions and healthy discussions in her learning sessions. Her students value her open, collegiate style and the mutual trust and affinity she helps create within groups.

Of interest

When she’s not tutoring, running projects, or writing, you can find Melanie out in the wilderness, hiking, biking, running and kayaking. A keen adventurer, Melanie is always planning her next trip, preferably somewhere way off the beaten track.

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  • Leadership

  • Mentoring, Tutoring and Training

  • Creative projects and programming

  • Content

  • Sustainability

Industry Experience

  • Film

  • Print – books magazines, journals

  • Websites

  • Events

  • Education

  • Environmental

  • Non-profit

  • Quango


  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®

    Master of Creative Writing

    Master of Science (Oxon), Environmental Change and Management

    Bachelor of Science, Biology