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Book launch recalls tireless peace worker

Tuesday December 12, 2017 Written by Published in Local
One of the delightful illustrations by Nanette Lela’ulu which features in the new book Peace Bird by the late Eleitino Paddy Walker. 17121119 One of the delightful illustrations by Nanette Lela’ulu which features in the new book Peace Bird by the late Eleitino Paddy Walker. 17121119

The book Peace Bird by the late Eleitino Paddy Walker will be launched at the Beachcomber Pearl Market on Thursday.


The launch will include an exhibition of eight watercolour illustrations painted especially for the book by artist Nanette Lela’ulu. The original works will be available for sale.

This is Paddy Walker’s second Peace Bird book. Paddy (she disliked only her surname being used in media reports), was a remarkable woman, not only in her achievements, which ranged from being the founding president of Pacific Allied Women's Council Inspires Faith in Ideals Concerning All (PACIFICA), UNICEF leader and a peace ambassador, to being a mother, a mentor, a leader and a friend to everyone who visited her. 

She made everyone with whom she had contact with, feel like they were the most important person in her life. Paddy received numerous awards including an Order of the British Empire and a Distinguished Fellowship awards for Critical Studies in Education.  She also composed music and created a CD for children.

Peace Bird is a beautiful book with a powerful and moving message from Paddy of peace, love and friendship.

Artist Nanette Lela’ulu has exhibited her paintings in New Zealand and internationally for over 25 years. Her works are in permanent collections including the Tjibaou Cultural Center, New Caledonia, and the Museum of Anthropology in Frankfurt. Lela'ulu received the Creative New Zealand Artist in Residency for the Cook Islands in 2006 for which she did a series of life-size portraits of local people living in Rarotonga. 

One of those portraits was of Paddy Walker. During this time the two began to talk about writing and illustrating books for children. Nanette has illustrated both Peace Bird books, working closely with Paddy to create the feeling of the Pacific. 

“Paddy was a very dear friend to me. Creating paintings for her words was very healing,” says Lela’ulu.

“I wanted the second book to look and feel lighter and brighter than the first. So I chose to use watercolours, which allowed me to create a wonderful feeling of freedom within the images and a playfulness with the textures.  The colours are incredibly vibrant, reflecting that magical light that the Pacific casts on all life.”

The eight original watercolours will be exhibited and for sale, on the night of the launch.

The books will be available for $25 each or a Christmas gift special of five books for $100.

The launch will be held from 6.00pm-7.30pm.          - Release

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