About Us

 NELLIE TIER™ is only 17 years old but the history of friendship and business partnership shared by co – founders Ann Porter and Sara Sadd spans 30 years. Ann and Sara met in the early 1980’s – they shared a passionate interest in New Zealand art and in 1986 joined forces to open Masterworks Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand.

Over the next 23 years Masterworks grew into the best known and most respected applied arts gallery in the country.  They sold the business in 2009 in order to concentrate on the next chapter of their shared adventure.

Initially a hobby the NELLIE TIER™ part of their story was driven by curiosity, fun and a desire to create safe, natural, fresh, effective and environmentally acceptable skin care alternatives for their own use.  As a business it grew almost accidentally and today enjoys an enthusiastic and loyal clientele from around the world.

Victoria Porter-Andrews, Ann’s daughter, joined the duo as NELLIE TIER™ Sales and Marketing Manager.  Her enthusiasm and expertise has been hugely instrumental in guiding the business’s growth.


Named NELLIE TIER after Ann’s grandmother there are now three generations of her descendants working alongside a talented team in the Auckland workshop.  The names of both women’s mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, nieces and granddaughters from the background of the label in grateful acknowledgement of past influences and hopes for the future