Tanya is Interim Executive Director – Community and Public Health at the Canterbury District Health Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree, a post graduate Diploma in Public Health and a Masters of Business Administration.
Prior to working for the Canterbury District Health Board, Tanya was solicitor in Christchurch practicing in the criminal, family and civil jurisdictions before taking up a role with the Official Assignee’s Office administering bankruptcies, liquidations and the management of restrained and forfeited assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 1991.
In addition to her current management role, Tanya contracts to Health Legal, the legal arm of Ministry of Health in New Zealand. She is also a member of the selection panel for Rhodes Scholarship applications. Tanya has held various governance roles and is the current Chair of Tangata Atumotu Trust, a not-for-profit Pasifika health and social services provider based in Canterbury. Tanya is of Samoan (Siusega)/ Cook Islands (Aitutaki) descent and is a public health consultant to the Ministry of Health in the Cook Islands. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys yoga and karate and holds the rank of Sandan (3rd dan black belt) in Seido karate.