Kresten is of Samoan/Niuean decent and was born and raised in New Zealand by loving parents and supported by her four siblings and a typically large extended family. Thanks to her Catholic faith, support from her family and friends and completion of a certificate programme through the Māori and Pacific Achievement Scheme (MAPAS), she is currently completing her third year at the University of Auckland studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Following high school, Kresten was unsure which career pathway to take but she knew she wanted to pursue a career in health and so MAPAS was able to facilitate this. Into her final semester, the Bachelor of Health Sciences has provided Kresten with awesome opportunities which includes working with the highly skilled team at Hapai te Hauora. After graduation, Kresten is looking to complete post graduate study and is passionate about Māori and Pacific mental health issues and how it affects a large proportion of these communities; a topic that is not comfortably talked about. Her other passions include playing sports and spending time with family.