In this episode of Pacific Viewpoint, Pacific women's advocate Eleitino 'Paddy' Walker is interviewed about the success of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A, an organisation she helped set up in 1976. While at the fourth Pacific Allied (Womens) Council Inspires Faith in Ideals Concerning All conference, she talks about giving members a "sense of belonging" and fulfilling the group's goal to unite Pasifika women. The Samoan-Kiwi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 as part of the 1000 women project, and became the first Auckland City councillor of Pacific descent. Walker died in 2015 at age 98.
Her life-long commitment to education, Pacific women and peace within the Pacific is a testament of Paddy’s unwavering loyalty ‘to serve and to be of service to others’.– Auckland University's Manutai Leaupepe, on Paddy Walker, University of Auckland, 15 July 2015