New lay member Melanie Tarrant lives in Hokitika where she and her husband operate the New World supermarket. Melanie has had extensive experience of the maternity service, having 4 daughters aged between 10 and 3. Two other babies dies in utero at 20 and 27 weeks and it was these experiences that led Melanie to become involved in SANDS. She set up a SANDS group for the Hokitika/Greymouth area and is a member of the National Board. Melanie has worked in education as an economics teacher and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of her local school.

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Melanie was appointed as a lay member in 2018.