Eleitino Paddy Walker
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Eleitino Paddy Walker, OBE
An advocate for Pacific women in Aotearoa, Eleitino Paddy Walker (known to many as Paddy) had a lifelong commitment to education, Pacific women and peace within the Pacific. She was one of the founders, and the first president of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A (Pacific Allied [Women’s] Council Inspires Faith in Ideals Concerning All) in 1976.
This influential woman was the first Auckland City Councillor of Pacific descent and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
In this excerpt from a Tagata Pasifika profile, Paddy Walker talks about the Pacific Island Youth Leadership Trust she helped establish which gives scholarships enabling Pasifika students to go to university.
Find out more about Eleitino Paddy Walker:
Listen to an RNZ tribute to Paddy Walker.
Read a tribute about Paddy Walker from the Auckland University, Education and Social Work Department.
Image: Screengrab from Tagata Pasifika courtesy of TVNZ.
Catalogue Reference TZP348869
Director: Lisa Taouma