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 NZ Honey Group. The Happy Valley Team work across several locations in New Zealand and take care of all of our customers requirements. 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 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.
Rewarewa Honey – for its caramel taste
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.
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.
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
Retail, Admin & Contracts 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.
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.
Alesha was born on the same day as her sister... but they’re not twins! The coincidence runs in her family.
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.
She is the only member of her family - from immediate through to first cousins - with blue eyes!
Ashley is a true Kiwi, born and bred in New Zealand. She has always been fascinated with Europe, and specifically the UK. She moved over there for 2 years and did lots of travelling. Her dream is to settle permanently in England. She landed her job at Happy Valley while still in England, over video call! She says that her job combines her 2 ideal positions of customer service and admin. She loves to gym and play netball, but also enjoys her downtime by online shopping and watching Netflix.
In 2019, Ashley got on a health kick and lost 30kg! Go Ashley!
China Marketing Specialist & Queenstown Retailer
Ruth always has a big smile on her face which is perfect for spreading joy and love at Happy Valley’s Queenstown store. Before joining the Happy Valley family, Ruth worked for tourism company where she gained marketing and sale skills. She is at her happiest when spending time with close friends and families. When Ruth is not at the HIVE, she enjoys 5k running, hiking and music. If she wasn’t at Happy Valley, Ruth would either go back to university for further study, or go traveling and experience different cultures and food.
Ruth’s birthday is on Youth Day in China.
Digital Marketing Intern
Eleanor is of Welsh descent, born in England, grew up in Whakatane, and moved to Auckland for her final year of high school. As of 2019, she has completed her Bachelors of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Management and began interning at Happy Valley. She has aspirations to complete her Masters in Marketing in 2020. Eleanor has a huge passion for animals, including her dog Monty, and loves to travel.
Happy Valley's Squeezy Kids Honey, as it's a great sweetener for her morning coffee.
Eleanor's birthday is on Valentine's Day, which tends to make booking birthday dinners complicated.