Having lived through the turbulent times of the Roger Douglas reforms and then the Ruth Richardson era Tracey saw what the move from valuing people to valuing money above all things did to our nation. Tracey saw the divide grow between those that have choice because they have money and those that do not even have hope because they have no money. Tracey saw New Zealanders and their well being be placed second to rounds of applause at the UN and claps on the back at the New York stock exchange and it was these things that brought her to volunteer her time and skills to support New Zealand First - the only party who sets the interest of New Zealand and all New Zealanders above interest groups and foreign agents.
Tracey was born in Levin, the daughter of a Primary School Teacher and Liquor Industry Brand Manager. The family moved to Auckland when Tracey was young, settling on the North Shore. Tracey attended Torbay Primary School, Northcross Intermediate and Long Bay College.
After achieving University Entrance, Tracey accepted a position with the Sheraton Auckland Hotel and Towers. Tracey rose through the ranks, from waitress to beverage supervisor for the 24 hour Restaurant and on to become the Room Service manager for the 409 room hotel before resigning at the age of 21.
After a short period of self-employment she moved into the administration and accounts field through a place with Fletcher Challenges Cook Street’s Placemakers in central Auckland. In 1987 Tracey gained a central administrative role with Brown and Garvey Liquor Merchants. As with many companies in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the company did not survive the economic transition of that period and went into receivership. Tracey then working for Murray Sandman Wines and Spirits in Newmarket but this company was also placed into receivership by the first debenture holder. She was retained on contract by the receivers, KPMG Peat Marwick, to wind up the company and then offered a place in their Insolvency Division, Auckland Branch.
Looking for new challenges Tracey successfully gained the position of Credit Controller in the Auckland offices of Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young, Barristers and Solicitors. In 1995 Tracey left to stay at home to raise our first and subsequent children. Tracey remained out of main stream employment instead concentrating on being the main caregiver to her three children and becoming deeply involved in community work.
From early beginnings with the various administrative and fundraising committees of Helensville Playcentre, Mahurangi Kindergarten, Warkworth Primary School and Mahurangi College PTA’s, Tracey was successfully elected onto the Warkworth Primary School Board of Trustees in 2004, a position she held for seven years after re-election, holding Policy and Finance Portfolios of that Board during this time.
Tracey resigned from the Warkworth Primary School Board in 2011 due in part to the introduction of National Standards. During this time, Tracey ran and was successfully elected to the Board of Trustees of Mahurangi College in 2007 and during that term was elected Chair of the Finance sub-committee and the Board’s liaison to Te Whanau O Mahurangi, a support group for Maori, families, students and issues inside the school. Tracey was elected Chair of the Board in 2009 and currently retains that position.
Tracey is a past Treasurer and current member of the national Council of Women’s Hibiscus Coast Branch. In 2008 and 2011 Tracey was the New Zealand First Candidate in Rodney. Since 2009 Tracey has served as the Party’s membership secretary and was elected to the Party’s Board of Directors later that year. In the 2010 Local Body Elections Tracey won a place on the new Rodney Local Board, Warkworth Ward, of Auckland Council.