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How Apt

Over the last three decades, in this field, my dedication and motivation to grow have led me to exceptional projects and experiences. Having worked within ‘top 5’ creative agencies in Europe on a vast array of material I bring a high level of experience to all my client projects. My creative services include consultancy/coaching for work you may have already embarked on, but need guidance with, to reach the final outcome.

Take a moment to explore my portfolio on this site, it includes collaborations with larger creative teams and marketing companies, commissioned work and side projects. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you too want to be noticed!


Call +64 (0)21 202 5493


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Design Agency Experience


Working within and alongside the teams from: Publicis Agency London, Publicis Worldwide, Publicis Dialogue, Publicis BluePrint, Carrē Noir, COMMA, Saatchis, Eventer Design Group



Clients include: Luxury Real Estate, Fletcher Living, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, Katie-Jeyn Romeyn International (AUS), Mahu Whenua, QLDC, APBA, The Lakes District Museum, The Grow Agency (AUS), Postmasters, The Fork and Tap, Utility, RDA Consulting, The Grow Agency (Perth, AUS/Christchurch/NZ), StreetSmart Marketing, EPIC, Virgin Holidays, Emirates Airlines, BUPA, Stena Sealink, Butlins, BBC Worldwide


Just wanted to let you know that the Annual Report was well received by the Board. One of them said to (us) it was the best Annual Report we had produced.
Client: Ajit Pilo, General Manager - Marketing, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon
Just wanted to thank you so much!!! Its wonderful to get this completed, you've been such a great support along the way and I really appreciate your patience as we figured out the details of the finance report :).
Client: Mary Mansell, Operations Manager, Head Light Trust
Hi Melissa - Trustees reviewed the report and once again commented on the fantastic graphics and design, so thank you!
Client: Julie Scott, Community Housing Trust
Thank you for all your support and fancy footwork to continue to create an INCREDIBLE brand.
Client: Katie-Jeyn Romeyn International
Your responsiveness and patience to our continued changes was very much appreciated and everyone is delighted with the final result.
Client: David Cole, CEO, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

WOO HOO! 💥💥💥 What an AMAZING weekend! Career Acceleration Mastermind - Increase Your Impact & Build Your Brand 2 Day Event.
THANK YOU to my AMAZING team .... and Melissa Hinves who are behind the scenes waving their magic.
Client: Katie-Jeyn Romeyn International

The PowerTip was a hit last night so much positive feedback about and the slides!  Deane my MC and David my photographer were super impressed.
Client: Katie-Jeyn Romeyn International

...just wanted to acknowledge the great work you did on this year’s Annual Report. Different format and feel but done with the usual effortless flair. In particular thank you for handling all the edits and changes with aplomb.
Client: David Cole, CEO, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

...thank you for your support of our annual Spring Flower Show. We really appreciate your help and design skills.
Client: The Arrowtown Horticultural Society

(regarding the Trust's annual report).... each year it just keeps getting better!
Client: Trustee, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust

...and one of my favourite NZ designers who has helped me with (my) much loved logo and printed banners.... the incredible Melissa Hinves.
Client: Kristy Christensen, She's Free to Bee (Aus/NZ)


Thank you Melissa! Love my new branding - you did an amazing job!

Client: Ruth Wilkinson, Ruth Wilkinson Fitness


"...Wonderful! I am very impressed with your work, where were you 12 months ago? :)) Let's get this thing live!"

Client: The Grow Agency/StreetSmart Marketing/Corrie Piripi, Centurion Standley

"Melissa I really am glad that you yourself took on my project as I am so very happy with it... I really appreciate how much you went above and beyond the call of duty for me..."

Client: The Grow Agency/StreetSmart Marketing/Scott Kilpatrick, Affordable Quality Homes


"...Campaign for AFWA we did was their best month EVER on record..."

Client: The Grow Agency/Arthritis Foundation Western Australia (AFWA)



Western Australia Division B State Renewal Campaign Winner, State and Territory Awards, Fundraising Institute Australia, FIA (

Campaign: Concept and Creation of "Love to Dream" - 2011

Client: The Grow Agency/The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (TCCP) WA

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