Daryl Tarte

Daryl Tarte is the fourth generation of his family to live in Fiji. After education in Melbourne, he worked for a number of years on the family estates on Taveuni. He became an executive in the Fiji sugar industry in 1968 before retiring in 1999 to devote more time to travel, corporate activities and writing. He has contributed to many Fijian magazines and is author of three historical novels about the Pacific, one biography of the late President of Fiji, one coffee table book about Fiji and co-editor of 20th Century Fiji: People Who Shaped the Nation.

Daryl has been happily married to Jacqueline for 57 years. They live in Suva and spend as much time as possible with the fifth and sixth generations of the family. He is an avid golfer and gardener.

Fiji: A Place Called Home »

Authored by: Daryl Tarte
Publication date: November 2014
Few people have been in the unique position of being able to observe and record the dramatic changes that have taken place in the islands of Fiji over the past 80 years than fourth-generation citizen, Daryl Tarte. He writes emotively, in great detail, about his personal experience of growing up on a remote island during the colonial era, when races were segregated, and white people lived an elite existence. Following independence, he has been personally involved with many of the key economic, political and social activities that have evolved and enabled the nation to progress during the 20th century. These include the sugar industry, tourism, commerce and industry, religion, the media, women and of course, the coups. His observations into the complexities of leadership in these areas of national development are fascinating and perceptive. Much of the story is told through the eyes of the many people of all races with whom he has interacted. Fiji is made up of over 300 unique islands. Tarte has been to many of them, and in a final chapter he gives an insightful commentary of how different they all are.