Year: 1958 - 1961
Peggy has been involved with research and training in Pacific development issues, in particular family relations, women & gender issues, poverty, youth participation in politics, womens informal sector activities for poverty alleviation and micro-credit systems; and human resource development for more than 30 years. Peggy is coordinator of the Pacific regional report for Beijing and the Pacific Platform of Action for Sustainable Development (PPA) and has extensive experience working with government planning departments, NGOs and the private sector. Peggy has worked with most donor and UN agencies and in most Pacific countries. After 25 years in the Pacific (including 15 years at the University of the South Pacific, Peggy returned to NZ in 2006 to take the post of inaugural director of Va’aomanu Pasifika, the Pacific Studies unit at Victoria University. In 2008 she received the Insignia of an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to research on families. In October 2009 she moved to AUT Auckland to become Professor of Pacific Studies. Peggy also coordinates the very successful national Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa seminar by the KAREN access grid.