Jannette (nee Flavell) grew up in Highcliff, and attended Andersons Bay School, Tahuna Intermediate, and Bayfield High School. She has worked and managed restaurants and bars, and has managed and owned and operated catering firms at the Dunedin Town Hall, and Continental Caterers at Forbury Park Raceway. Jannette and Michael married in April 1989 in Hope and Sons Chapel. Jannette has coached basketball, and is a life member of the Andersons Bay Basketball Club. She played at
age-group and senior representative level basketball for Otago.
Her whakapapa is Nga Puhi and Ngai Tahu. Jannette’s favourite place in Dunedin is Whetu Nui, Karitane – because it is a true holiday spot – you can lie in bed until lunchtime with no guilt, then catch up with friends later in the day for a vino – what more could you want.