The Team


Nic Parkes, Dip Pharm, MPS, is the co-owner of Weleda Pharmacy.

Nic's training as a traditional pharmacist over 30 years ago, was a springboard into wider possibilities for health and wellness. She completed a Certificate in Holistic Healthcare at Taruna College. Other studies include a Certificate in Organic Growing and  training as a Bowen Therapy practitioner.

Nic is deeply connected with the land. She lives and manages her six hectares of garden and farm including cows, sheep, pigs, geese and chickens under permaculture principles with an emphasis on using biodynamic preparations and methods. 


As part of this adventure she has become adept at using homeopathic remedies with animals and pets and also consults with veterinarians prescribing homeopathic and anthroposophic remedies. Nic is happy to share this knowledge with you if you have questions about your own animals or pets health.

Nic believes in a good balance and so divides her week with 4 days working on her land, 3 days a week  she comes into town to hone her pharmacy skills with the anthroposophic  pharmacopeia. Nic also offers a pharmacist based consulting service at the pharmacy shop.


Anita Bhikha-Willan-- BPharm, BHSc (CompMed) DipNat, DipHerbMed

Along with her work as a practising pharmacist, Anita is a naturopath, medical herbalist and massage therapist. She worked for Weleda NZ for some years then took time out to start a family and in 2014 started part time for Weleda Pharmacy.

Her extensive pharmacy and integrative medical expertise has led her professional work to focus on preventative medicine as a key consideration to optimal health rather than relying on the more common practice of ‘taking a drug to fix a health problem’ behaviour.

Anita is very interested in helping people learn to manage their own health challenges and with her wide scope of practice can often offer insights that might otherwise be overlooked.

Anita combines her work at the Weleda Pharmacy with seeing private clients in her naturopathic practice. You can find her online at


Lisa Barnett


Lisa comes to us from a local pharmacy where she had been working as a Pharmacy Technician while waiting for a position to become available at Weleda Pharmacy. She is currently studying to upgrade her pharmacy qualification to Level 5 so she will be able to do compounding within her role. As part of her study she works in Denton’s Peak Pharmacy as it is an accredited Community Pharmacy which has also opened the door to some cross fertilisation between the two pharmacies and their staff.

 Prior to her pharmacy employment, Lisa worked for Health 2000 both in Hawke’s Bay and in Tauranga becoming well versed in functional medicine and supplements.

She is enjoying the challenge of learning the system of anthroposophic medicine and its remedies. Lisa works full time in the pharmacy and is the living thread that holds the rest of the staff, all working part time, together.

In her spare time she enjoys walking up Te Mata Peak, socialising with friends and keeping in contact with her extended family back in the Bay of Plenty.


Wendy Dowling
Wendy grew up in Hawkes Bay. Her passion for biodynamic and organic viticulture led her to study grape growing and wine science at EIT from where she received her Bachelor of Wine Science degree. In 2005 Wendy and her husband jumped from viticulture to horticulture by starting their own organic apple business Bayleaf Organics.

Becoming a mum with two children enlarged her focus on caring for the earth and farming well, to human health prompting Wendy to take up study for a Diploma in Homeopathy which she is currently completing. As a child Wendy’s family was always under the care of the local anthroposophic doctor and used Weleda medicines. Having the opportunity to work at the Pharmacy allows her to  share and further develop her integrative medicine skills and fits in well with her understanding of human beings, nature and how they support each others health and wellbeing.

These days she works part time in the pharmacy and part time for their business, while juggling kids and a host of animals.