WITH two decades of governance experience in both the public and private sectors of New Zealand and the Cook Islands, and as the Managing Director of Southpac Group, a boutique wealth planning firm based in Tauranga, New Zealand, Tarita brings strong commercial and financial skills to VSA. 

A certified practising accountant (CPA), chartered member of Institute of Directors, and a member of the Society of Trustee & Estate Planners (STEP),  Tarita has a Bachelor of Business; a Masters of Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations. 

Tarita also has a keen interest in eliminating discrimination and improving the safety and security of Pacific people, particularly women and children.