Leanne is a middle-aged woman, mother to Nicole and her two sons Eric and Peter. She has lived most of her life in Tauranga, where she also raised her children. 

When her husband Clyde died, Leanne soldiered on by herself, looking after Eric who suffers from schizophrenia, and her aged mother, while also holding down a part-time job as care-worker at an old persons’ home.

Leanne finally moved from Tauranga to Ferndale in 2014.

Leanne is a down-to-earth woman with a strong sense of what's right and wrong. While she is warm, welcoming and upbeat, she doesn't suffer fools, and is more than capable of telling it like it is.

She considers herself generally opened minded and, through helping Eric, she is a staunch defender of those who suffer from mental illness.

But she isn't quite as liberal as she would like to think she is. She draws the line at homosexuality which she finds incomprehensible and disturbing. 

Leanne was deeply hurt when she found out about Clyde's affair. 

Leanne initially struggled to deal with Nicole's bisexuality but eventually, Nicole's obvious love for Maia finally won Leanne over. 

Gaining a job on the reception desk at Shortland Street, Leanne quickly ingratiated her way into Shortland Street – although she also has a knack for annoying people! 

Now that Vinnie and Nicole are together and have Michael and Pele, they've found Leanne's help to be invaluable. The family have become a tight knit unit. Nicole still finds her mum's meddling to be frustrating at times, but knows it's because she cares and wants the best for her family.