Christine was born in England (the eldest of three children) and emigrated to New Zealand when she was five years old. Her family settled in Whangarei which is where Christine did her schooling. She and her sister spent many happy times riding their ponies during their teenage years.
Christine started working for the National Bank in Whangarei when she was 16 and she continued working for the National Bank most of her working life, while in NZ. She also worked at Te Puke, 11th Avenue and Tauranga branches until she retired in 2005.
She has always loved travelling and went on her first overseas trip for almost two years in 1971/72, returning home with the travel bug. Since then Christine has travelled to over 80 countries from the Arctic to Antarctica; her most recent trips being to the sub-Antarctic islands of New Zealand including Macquarie Island. Christine prefers to travel to more remote places which few people visit.
Christine is an avid tennis player, being involved at the Otumoetai Tennis Club since 1980, where she has been treasurer and club captain at different times. She enjoys keeping fit with cycling, walking and swimming.