Mori has spent the last 62 years living on the Otago Peninsula. She is married to Coen and has three children and six grandchildren, who are now living in different parts of the South Island. Mori attended Otakou School and went on to complete her training as a Registered Nurse at Dunedin Public Hospital. Most of Mori's time while nursing was spent working with youth in schools, caring for health issues, family issues and truancy. During the latter years of her nursing career, Mori cared for the elderly. Between 2011 and 2019, Mori owned a cleaning business, during which time she worked in all areas of cleaning. Mori enjoys gardening, painting, kapa haka, regular exercise, and most sport.