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Stacey Ford

Rotorua & Tokoroa

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 has taught  the Certificate in Small Business Management (NZQA Level 4), and the Diploma in Small Business Enterprise (NZQA Level 5). She currently teaches the Certificate in Small Business Management and Project Management (NZQA Level 4) and the Diploma in Small Business Management and Project Management (NZQA Level 5).


Stacey 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 holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Diploma in Business Studies from the Open Polytechnic as well as Diplomas in Social Work and Counselling from Te Kaiawhina Ahumahi, and a Certificate in Social and Community Work from Waikato Technical Institute. 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, and the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education.

Stacey was the recipient of the Māori Excellence Award from the University of Waikato in 2006 and the Bachelor of Business Māori Scholarship for the Open Polytechnic in 1998.

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.