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Stacey Ford

Rotorua and Taupō (Central North Island)

Stacey Ford (Ngāi Tūhoe and Tūhourangi) is the manager of Family Focus Rotorua. She teaches business education in Rotorua and Taupō.

Teaching Experience

Stacey has been a facilitator with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa since 2004. She currently teaches the Certificate in Small Business Management (NZQA Level 3) and the Diploma in Small Business Enterprise (NZQA Level 5). 


Stacey is highly qualified in business studies. She holds a Master of Management Studies (with First Class Honours) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Communication, both from the University of Waikato. She also has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Diploma in Business from the Open Polytechnic as well as Diplomas in Social Work and Counselling from Te Kaiawhina Ahumahi. In addition to these qualifications, Stacey holds a Diploma in Business Management from NZIM, and a Diploma in Adult Education from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. She also has a National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education.

Business Experience

Stacey is the manager of Family Focus Rotorua, a charitable organisation. Family Focus was formerly the Women’s Support Network, established in 1996 to reduce the level of family violence in the Rotorua community. She handles the day-to-day management of the organisation, including financial control, coordinating and training of employees, strategic planning, and implementation. She has worked for Family Focus for over 18 years.

Local Networks

In her role as manager of Family Focus, Stacey works with the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Justice, Community Corrections, and other bodies. Stacey also works in the role of woman’s advocate and counsellor. Stacey is a full member of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) and is a registered social worker with the Social Workers Registration Board. She has strong connections with her local community.