Pita currently practises as a junior barrister at Shortland Chambers in Auckland, New Zealand. He is of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu and Samoan descent.
An alumnus of Victoria University of Wellington, he graduated LLB(Hons)/BA and top of his class, being jointly awarded the Medal for Academic Excellence. He has worked at a range of public and private sector organisations, including the Crown Law Office, the Law Commission, the Parliamentary Service, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and at law firms Russell McVeagh and Morris Legal. He has most recently served as a Judge's Clerk to the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court, and as Clerk to the Judicial Steering Group on COVID-19.
Pita is passionate about all areas of the law and legal thinking. He has authored several published articles, including on the law relating to compulsory assessment for substance addiction, intentional infliction of emotional distress, the role of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and parliamentary accountability.Back to speakers