02 June 2019
TVNZ’s Sports and Events General Manager, Melodie played rugby union at an international level, winning two world cups with the Black Ferns. Playing blindside or openside flanker, she played in 18 tests with the Ferns from 1996 to 2002. While playing rugby at the elite level, she gained a BA from the University of Otago, as well as studying Journalism in Wellington. Her first work was in radio – working at the press gallery in Wellington covering politics.
In 1998 Melodie became the online sports producer for MSN and produced innovative sports websites like All Blacks and Team New Zealand. She moved on to Sky Sports in 2002 where she became the world’s first female rugby commentator and was a key member of Sky Sports’ commentary team. With this role, she was involved in covering major sports for many years, including Olympics and Commonwealth Games, rugby and netball World Cup tournaments, Super Rugby and Mitre 10 Cup rugby.
More recently, Melodie has completed an MBA at Auckland University’s Business School and is New Zealand’s first Maori Barbie as part of Mattel’s role model line. In her current role at TVNZ, she is leading the sport and event strategy for TVNZ’s coverage of global sporting events such as Rugby World Cup 2019, Paralympic Games 2020 and America’s Cup 2021.