Tracey Lee


Ko Pūtauaki te maunga
Ko Tarawera te awa, te Awa o te Atua
Ko te moana ā Toi ki te huatahi
Ko Mataatua me Te Arawa ngā waka
Ko Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa ngā iwi
Ko Te Tawera, me Ngāti Umutahi, me Ngā Maihi ngā hapū
Ko Oniao me Tu Teao ngā marae
Ko Matata me Te Teko te kāinga

Ko Pateriki rāua ko Pirihita Ngamare te whānau
Ngā mihi nui

My passion for helping others came to light at the age of 14 years old. Life experiences pre 14 served as a platform to recognize there were a lot of things wrong in the world, wrong in some families and wrong with some people. I also held the belief our children needed "saving". "I planned to save them all".

As a teenage mother and a wife coupled with more life experiences I began to see the world from an adult lens - a lens I didn't like. This view only reinforced my desire to be a social worker.

After raising five beautiful children with the support of my amazing whānau, my journey into social work began in 2010.

I graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work with First Class Honours.

My journey with Te Tuinga Whānau began in 2016.

I am passionate about people - I see my role as working alongside whānau to support them to prosper, what ever that may look like for whānau.

I take a holistic approach to my practice which puts people first. The deficit model in my books is gone and recognizing that every one has strengths to help them move forward takes precedence.

I believe HOPE is the seed our whānau need to support them to grow into amazing whānau and amazing individuals.

As for saving them all … Lesson learnt

My philosophy:

One day.. one person.. one whānau at a time..