Tessa was born on September 2, 1994 in Warkworth, New Zealand. She began her football career as a 5-year-old and went on to become the youngest person ever, male or female to play and score in the Premier League, New Zealand's top flight competition at just 11 years of age.
An Epsom Girls Grammar School graduate, Tessa attended Florida Gulf Coast University on a full scholarship, studying majors in business management and accounting with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average, gaining prestigious Presidents List honours. It was during her studies in the United States that her first business venture, The Merchandise Collective was born.
Upon returning to New Zealand, Tessa took up various positions on community trusts and environmental organisations and at just 21 years of age, she stood in the 2016 Auckland Local Body Elections as an independent candidate. Tessa was successfully elected to the Auckland Council Rodney Local Board, where she is currently in her first term whilst serving as the Director of Athletics for global education company, Crimson Education.
NEW ZEALAND FOOTBALL
Tessa, a Sponsored Adidas Athlete, has represented New Zealand on the international stage. Attending the 2012 FIFA Women's World Cup held in Japan and as a 16-year-old was named ASB Bank Young Sportsperson of the Year and to the New Zealand Woman's Football Ferns long-listed squad for the 2012 London Olympics. Tessa attended Florida Gulf Coast University on a full athletic scholarship, playing Division 1 Women's Soccer for the Eagles, a top 25 ranked team. She received the coveted All-conference first team, and freshman accolades, as well as best defensive player in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Tessa most recently captained Forrest Hill Milford United to victory on September 11, 2016 in the ASB Women's Knockout Cup and received the Maia Jackman trophy, named Most Valuable Player of the final.
Tessa was elected President of Mahurangi Action Incorporated in November of 2015, having previously served as the organisations Vice-President from 2014/15. She has worked on the Auckland Regional Council initiated Mahurangi Action Plan, the principal aim of which is to address the harbour’s elevated sediment accumulation rate. Implemented a Phase-1 and Phase-2 pilot programme funded by the Rodney Local Board in developing a web-based app and accreditation programme, aimed at reducing small-scale sediment mitigation on building sites.
MAHURANGI COASTAL TRAIL
Tessa is Chairperson and one of six trustees formally consented to serve on the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust. The Mahurangi Coastal Trail will link 900 hectares of regional parkland, with public transport at Waiwera. Tessa was elected as a committee member of FOR Parks in June of 2016. Friends of Regional Parks works alongside Auckland Council and volunteer groups in the parks as supporters and guardians of the Regional Parks network, providing vision and education, continuity, protection and a citizen’s voice for the Regional Parks.
THE MERCH COLLECTIVE
The concept of the collective was born in the US and later developed when Tessa returned home from college to New Zealand. The Merchandise Collective, a merchandising enterprise, was launched in February of 2015 at Tu Ngutu Villa. Offered are a range of merchandising services that seek to provide minimalistic pieces of the highest quality.
As Rodney continues to grow, there is a need for strong yet smart representation to produce the best possible outcomes. Rodney was ready to elect a candidate capable of bridging the gap between generations and championing the voice of the community. Nobody knows the wider Warkworth area better than the community itself, that's why my mandate is taken from you, the people and endeavouring to best represent everyone’s vision for Rodney. The way it should be.
In early 2017, Tessa accepted a position with Crimson Education, as their Director of Athletics. Crimson is a high growth edtech company that is revolutionising the way students learn. Using technology and a global network, students are able to receive in-depth guidance from a team of experts who match up directly with each student's individual goals. Allowing students around the world to access the best possible admissions support, Crimson operates more than 25 global offices, has received US$30M+ of venture funding and has built a network of 2,500+ coaches and mentors to support 20,000+ students.