Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu
Kaiwhakahaere – Whare Tukutuku
Born in Ōtautahi and raised in the Kaiapoi takiwā Tracey met and married Tuari Potiki. They have 3 adult children, Aperira, Meremoana and Taoka. She is Taua to her mokopuna Aotea, Vanni, Tahumataa, Kotuku and Jaycee. She is passionate about working with Māori having spent years working for iwi in the area of health and whānau development.
Tracey has a background in the AOD sector and has been a strong advocate on behalf of vulnerable whānau for many years. Prior to her current role as Project Lead for Whare Tukutuku, an approach to elevate an alcohol and other drug (AOD) workforce, Tracey worked as Māngai ki Te Waipounamu for Te Rau Ora, a role in which she advocated for wellness and wellbeing programs. She has a passion for enabling whānau and communities to take control of their own lives, of their own mana, in being the best them, they want to be.
Tracey is an experienced project manager and has been responsible for the successful implementation of national services into the regions. Tracey is respected by her whānau, hapū and iwi and the many people she has worked with over the years in the AOD sector. She brings with her an eclectic range of skills and insights and compassion and empathy garnered from both her personal and professional life in helping others navigate their pathways to oranga.