Jul 04

Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop

Personal Life:

Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop is the first person to hold a Pacific chair at a New Zealand University and is New Zealands first Professor of Pacific Studies.



Fairbairn-Dunlop holds a T.T.C (Teachers Certificate), and has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts Honors 1st, and Master of Arts – all three degrees from Victoria University in Wellington, and a PhD from Macquarie University in Australia.


Professional Career:

Fairbairn-Dunlop has extensive teaching, research, publication and advocacy experience in Development issues – notably gender, poverty and the influences of changing times. She had been living in Samoa for at least 25 years from 1981-2005, and was a key player in the Pacific Womens movement.

Fairbairn-Dunlop was also the Director of Va’aomanu Pasifika at Victoria University in Wellington. She was then appointed as Professor of Pacific Studies at AUT in late 2009.


Highlights and Awards:

  • Received the Insignia of a Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to research on families


Source – AUT


  1. eleni

    a role model who has achieved alot, a most admired woman whom as a pacific woman is out there in the forefront paving the way for pacific woman intellectually in the world arena. So proud of you Peggy…

  2. Consulata Sakaria

    A down to earth woman who keeps it real in the face of all challenges in life and is able to translate for all at all levels.
    An inspirational lecturer, a fierce netball coach and player.
    An all round beautiful Pacific island woman not just in appearance but especially with a big heart.
    Thank you Peggy 🙂

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