Tiana became the President of the New Zealand Law Society in April 2019.
Tiana is the fourth woman to be President of the New Zealand Law Society. Since the first President was elected in 1897, the national lawyers’ organisation and regulator has had 30 Presidents. Tiana is the first President of Pacifica descent and one of the youngest people ever to serve in the role.
In December 2019, legal website “LawFuel” named Tiana ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for the positive impact her elevation to the role of President has had on the legal profession and bringing a “fresh voice” as a leadership figure.
Tiana was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in September 2000 after graduating from Auckland University with a BA in philosophy and history and an LLB. For many years she was a Crown prosecutor in Auckland and Wellington. She worked at Crown Law Office in 2008 working in the criminal law team before moving to Gisborne in 2012, where she now works as a criminal defence lawyer with Rishworth Wall & Mathieson. She was President of the Law Society’s Gisborne branch from 2014 to 2016 and was elected Vice-President, Central North Island in April 2016. She has also served terms on the New Zealand Law Society’s Criminal Law Reform Committee and Women’s Advisory Panel.