Melissa Hill is the New Conservative candidate for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, one of New Zealand’s seven Maori electorates.
Melissa is a homeschooling mother of seven. Her children range in age from 15 down to 3. She is the wife of Richard Hill, who is standing as the New Conservative candidate for the Hauaki-Waikato Maori seat.
Ko toku Maunga Taranaki was originally Melissa’s stomping ground, but her and Richard now reside in the Manawatu. They both serve as members of a local Church in Palmerston North.
The family have a small homekill butchery business at the back of their property. All family members play a role in the business in the ways they are capable of helping. Since starting the business, Melissa recognises there is a lot of red tape that gets in the way of people having control over their own food. So it has been a journey for them. But as proponents of home-schooling, these experiences have also turned into teaching and learning opportunities for them and the children.
At the end of last year, the family took part in the Voice for Life Rally in Wellington. This was also an eye-opener for the children, and has helped them start to think about the future of New Zealand society. In addition to New Conservative’s policies on abortion and euthanasia, there are many other policies that matter to Melissa and family. This is why they have chosen to make a stand with thousands of other supporters to promote New Conservative and defend our sovereignty.
Melissa has told us she has barely any political background, but after seeing New Zealand in its current state, with tyrannical laws being put in place in a rushed and undemocratic manner, she decided that the only way to have a voice rather than just on election day was to get involved. And New Conservative looked to her to be the only party that wanted to speak up for the objective rights of all New Zealanders. So, she got a group together at her home at the start of the year, and from that meeting, the nucleuses of two general electorate teams were started: Palmerston North and Rangitīkei.
Melissa has also decided to stand for the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Maori electorate to give voters on the Maori roll more choice when they vote.
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti voters are encouraged to give their party vote to New Conservative and their electorate vote to Melissa Hill.