We are family, and we have family values interwoven throughout our company. Our customers, suppliers and partners are all part of our family. Our company strongly believe in Family Values, strong relationships, innovation, and honesty.

Happy Valley is the Brands and Consumer division of our parent company – The Melita Group. The Harvey family run and operate the division out of Auckland. It is here we have our Production Facility were we pack and finish all of our products for our happy customers around the world. Our Bee Keeping divisions are operated by Melita Honey out of the sunny Hawkes Bay – where 3 generations of Bee keeping knowledge and expertise operate our Hive & Land management and Extraction Services.

“ Our people are the heart of our hive ”

Mark Harvey

Mark Harvey

Group CEO

Mark has been steering the hive since 2009. A 4th generation kiwi with a passion for entrepreneurial business, being involved in start-ups and small businesses across a multiple of industries. Mark has been instrumental in bring together all companies that make up the Melita Group today and is a CEO that’s involved in all areas of our company and well respected. A lover of spreadsheets, sport and working outside on his lifestyle property. Happiest when away from phones and in the Greek Islands.

Favourite product

Rewarewa Honey – for its caramel taste

Interesting fact

At 10 years old he ran 10kms each way to get to rugby training, all so he could play for the best team in the district – but to get there on time he had to sneak out of school early.

Narissa Harvey

Narissa Harvey

GM Brands & Consumer

Joining the company in 2013, Narissa brings with her a wealth of experience working in Sales & brand Management across FMCG and luxury goods in multi-national companies both her in NZ and Internationally. Mother to 1 son, and a Dog named Larry. Most happiest when with her Family and friends laughing and dreams of returning to Tulum in Mexico and getting Croatia off the bucket list.

Favourite product

Honeycomb - on a cheese platter with blue cheese and Quince paste (thank her later) Royal Skin night Cream, and Propolis & Manuka Oil for the First Aid Kit.

Interesting fact

She has a sister born on the same day, but they are not twins as they are 5 years apart - and it runs in the family

Alesha Parkes

Alesha Parkes

Retail & Admin Manager

For Alesha, being part of the Happy Valley family means being able to work alongside her actual family as her husband Jason is also a valuable member of the team. Before arriving at Happy Valley, Alesha worked for another family business helping with race horses and discovered our company when working next door at the Famous Strawberry Shack. When not working with bees, Alesha’s passion for animals continues in her home life with horses which she has always ridden and is happiest when on the back of one. In between being a busy working mum, she indulges in netball, water sports, spending time with family and friends and traveling to Europe or getting away to New Zealand’s own Queenstown. 

Manuka Oil

For Alesha, choosing just one product is difficult as she uses so many. She uses Bee Pollen to keep her immune system in check and energy levels up throughout winter, she always has Manuka Oil in her first aid kit to use on both two-legged and four-legged family members and loves the Royal Skin Range. She is also a big fan of the Propolis Throat Spray.

Interesting fact

Alesha was born on the same day as her sister... but they’re not twins! The coincidence runs in her family.

Saskia Rae Brown

Saskia Rae Brown

Planning & Logistics Manager

Just like our honey, Saskia is New Zealand born and has been happily working at Happy Valley since she finished high school. When she isn’t dedicating herself to ensuring quality and honey production, Saskia enjoys playing netball, spending time with friends, attempting to sing her favourite songs. Her favourite travel destination is Amsterdam and if she wasn’t working at Happy Valley she would be either a personal trainer or in the Army. 

Comb Honey

Happy Valley’s Comb Honey with cheese and crackers and Liquid Wildflower in her breakfast protein shakes. 

Interesting fact

She is the only member of her family - from immediate through to first cousins - with blue eyes!

Hayley Fitzgerald

Hayley Fitzgerald

Sales SuperStar

Haley is happiest when she is eating food or enjoying a hot summers day, so it’s no wonder why she is a perfect fit in the Happy Valley family. With a love of the New Zealand country - specifically Mount Maunganui and Rotorua, and background as a production assistant, check out operator and assistant manager, her skills fit in perfectly at Happy Valley. In her down time, Hayley loves to play netball, enjoy the great outdoors or spend time with close friends and family. On rainy days, she cozies up in bed with a good movie. If she didn’t work at Happy Valley, Hayley would help her community in a different way as a police officer or bring a different kind of joy as a choreographer. 

Favourite product

Hayley can’t choose just one - she loves both the Manuka Blend and Clover.

Interesting fact

She is one of seven children - she has three half brothers and three half sisters.

Jason Parkes

Jason Parkes

Factory & Contracts Manager

Family and nature are a big part of Jason’s life. Together with his wife Alesha, they share a son Harvey plus another little one on the way, two dogs, one horse and a rabbit. Jason started his working life as a senior broom technician for an electrical wholesaler and worked his way up to Key Account Manager in ten years before joining the Happy Valley family. A true patriot, his favourite holiday destination is New Zealand’s own Coromandel and when he isn’t dedicated to producing the finest honey products he enjoys jet skiing, hunting and volunteers as a fire fighter. While he claims that if he didn’t work at Happy Valley he would be self employed and “living the dream”, he is integral in making our honey dreams a reality. 

Favourite product

Whenever he can feel a sore throat coming on, Jason uses Propolis Throat Spray and it’s gone within a day.

Interesting fact

While he is part of our big family, he is an only child. 

Tony Sangstar

Tony Sangstar

Financial Controller

Tony has spent his career in family owned businesses and is dedicated to honouring long lasting tradition. Before joining the honey family, Tony worked with bread, meat, heathy products and retail food stores as well as management and HR. He is happiest when he is spending time with his own family, helping them develop skills and embrace the challenges of life. These special interests motivate him professionally and personally, as when he is not at Happy Valley he is participating and officiating in triathlons, traveling and working on DIY house projects. Tony has a beloved cat named Stevie and loves to relax at the beach. 

Favourite product

Pasture Honey because of the great taste and ongoing health benefits. 

Interesting fact

Tony loves driving and even holds a bus license. 

Richard Kee

Richard Kee

Factory Support

Kevin Yang

Kevin Yang

Sales & Asia Market Superstar

While Kevin’s immediate family remains in China, he is a valuable member of the Happy Valley family and is making his mum proud with the work he is doing in New Zealand. After starting his career in selling health and beauty products, Kevin brought his knowledge and skills to Happy Valley to embrace the challenge of participating in a fast growing industry and company. Goal orientated and a music lover, Kevin enjoys road tripping, hunting and eating yummy food. When he does travel, he enjoys trying new dishes and finding ways to indulge his picky stomach. While he is new to the sport, if he wasn’t working at Happy Valley he would love to be a professional hunter. 

Favourite product

As he regularly suffers from both a sore throat and oral ulcers, Kevin loves the Propolis Throat Spray to instantly alleviate the pain. 

Interesting fact

Kevin loves to challenge himself and always works to minimise the risks. 

Boris

Boris

Head of Extraction

Brandon

Brandon

Sales & Bee Keeping Superstar

Claudia

Claudia

Bee Keeping Office Director

Grant

Grant

Head Bee Keeper

Gus

Gus

Extraction

Hamish

Hamish

Bulk Honey Director

Jesse

Jesse

Bee Keeper - Team Leader

John

John

Land Manager

Jules

Jules

Bee Keeper

Lars

Lars

Head of Beekeeping

Richard

Richard

Special Projects

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