Ashley is the eldest daughter of Heinrich and Belinda Honig. Blake and Madison are her two younger siblings. They are a proud family with heritage from Ngai Tuhoe.
When Ashley was 14, her family moved out from Auckland to Gisborne. Changing communities and schools was a huge challenge for Ashley. The first school she attended in Gisborne wasn’t the right fit, so she initiated a change to Lytton High School and dived straight in to all the learning opportunities they had to offer. In a very short time, she was achieving and becoming a part of the community, which is a testament to her resilience and determination.
Charles Swindoll once said, "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it." Ashley has reacted well to the challenges in her life and she will be the first in her family to attend university.