Fiji born, and of Rotuman heritage, Maria has a natural affinity with the Pacific and its people. Maria attended the University of South Pacific to graduate with a double major in accounting and financial management and management and public administration. After graduating from USP, Maria began working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Suva as an auditor for five years before immigrating to New Zealand in 2003. In NZ, she has worked for various organisations including Pacific Media Network as Finance and Administration Manager, Grant Thornton Accounting Firm, and at Pacific Business Trust as Finance Manager, where she connected with Laulu Mac Leauanae during his time there. Maria, a certified Xero Advisor, joins the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) as a contract Senior Accountant. She feels privileged to use her skills and experience to give back to Pacific communities.