rugby player and mum a hardworking nurse. My family is proud of our Maori heritage and we embrace our Austrian/German and Portuguese ancestry as well.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time on our family farm riding horses, rounding up cattle and being a wild country kid with my equally wild cousins. My love of horses and equestrian experiences helped me to find one of my first jobs, working as a horse trainer. I trained polo ponies, pre-trained thoroughbreds, school ponies and travelled overseas to transport the horses to their new owners.
I’ve also worked in the media over the years as a radio announcer, news correspondent, newsreader and producer.
One of my passions is music. I love to write and produce music and to sing. I have an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance from TAFE NSW Sydney.
My beautiful sweet daughter Cleo is 26 years old and loves animals and sport and has a degree in Sports Science Management … Mama’s still waiting for her daily personal training sessions darling!
Another passion of mine is animal welfare and dog psychology. I enjoy fostering greyhounds and so far have had Lara and Bowie taking up all the room on our couches and beds. Music and animals are very therapeutic and I’d like to develop programmes to use them in our early education service.