Kia Ora ko Melysa tōku ingoa. He uri ahau nō Tuhourangi, Te Arawa me Ngati Porou. I currently live in Meremere and work in the community by advocating and enabling creative opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. I’m a painter at heart and completed a degree in Māori Visual Arts in 2015 and a post graduate degree in Professional Creative Practice in 2016. I’m the founder and project manager for the Creative Meremere project that started in 2020. I paint in the hope to inspire and stir the spirit within, my paintings are unique and come from a Maori perspective of the world.