Rose grew up in Kaitaia on what was originally a dairy farm but later became a beef farm. She has worked in accountancy ever since she left school.

These days she lives in town with her husband and two boys. When she's not running the kids to and from rugby practice or supporting them from the side lines, she and the family enjoy long line fishing at the beach.

Any remaining spare time is filled with the various administration tasks she handles in her capacity of Treasurer for the Kaitaia Volunteer Fire Brigade.