Mary-Jane is originally from a small town called Inglewood in Taranaki, she grew up on a dairy farm, with cats and dogs as a part of her family. Right from a young age she fell in love with animals and knew that when she grew up she wanted to work with them. After finishing school she moved to Hamilton for 2 years to complete a diploma in Veterinary Nursing. On completing that in 2017 she started working in Taupo and building her life here. Her hobbies include Netball, swimming and she also played Badminton competitively.