Tara is a real cosmopolitan. She was born in Austria, grew up in Ireland and after a year of travelling the world with her family as a 12-year-old, moved to New Zealand. Tara completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations at Victoria University, Wellington. After graduating, her interest in global affairs led her to intern at the European Parliament in the Directorate General for External Affairs. Tara returned to New Zealand in 2016 to start her career as a lawyer at a large national law firm. There, she specialised in corporate and commercial law with a particular focus on capital markets, business sales and acquisitions, as well as corporate structuring and governance.