Our People

Prudence Walker



Close up image of Prudence Walker smiling against a background of greenery

Prudence is the Chief Executive of the Disabled Persons Assembly New Zealand (DPA). Prior to her appointment with DPA in July 2019, she spent 11 years working for CCS Disability Action in a variety of roles in the Southern Region and nationally including service provision, disability awareness education, training, and disability leadership.  

Attending a Be. Information session in 2011, Prudence was attracted to the Be. Lens and the different approach to thinking about accessibility and possibility. In 2013, she was a participant in the Be. Leadership programme and has been an active part of the Be. Alumni since.

In her early 20s, Prudence was the Chairperson of CanTeen – The New Zealand organisation supporting young people living with cancer as well as a BoardMember of the Child Cancer Foundation of New Zealand and the Chairperson of an international child cancer survivor group.

She is driven by intuition, empathy, possibility, opportunity, people, and a sense of her own mortality. Prudence lives in Wellington and seeks out diversity, change, uncertainty, accessibility, and inclusion, while striving for equity. She is an experienced Facilitator facilitating many a tricky conversation with a diverse range of people.

A proud disabled woman, Prudence comes from strong social justice perspective. She believes that if people and organisations work together to design a more accessible Aotearoa for everyone, we will thrive in possibility.


Nō Iuropi, no Ingarihi, no Kōtarani, no Itari, no Hūrai ahau.

Ko Peter Denny, Ko Lady Nugent te waka o te tipuna.

I whanau mai ahau ki Papaioea, I Ōtautahi ahau e noho ana, kei Whanganui-a-Tara ahau e noho ana.

I tipu ake ahau ki Pahiatua, ki Whakaahu-rangi, ki Oha-a-Maru.

I tipu ake ahau ki te taha o te pae maunga Tararua me te maunga Taranaki.

I tipu ake ahau ki te raro o te awa Mangatainoka me te awa Patea.


My ancestors are generally European, English,Scottish, Italian, and Ashkenazi Jewish.

My ancestors arrived in New Zealand on the shipsPeter Denny (1858) and Lady Nugent (1841).

I was born in Palmerston North, lived in Christchurch, and now live in Wellington.

I was raised in Pahiatua, Stratford, Taranaki, and in Oamaru.

I grew up beneath the Tararua ranges and Mount Taranaki.

I grew up beside the Mangatainoka and Patea rivers.


He aha te mea nui o tea o? He Tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.


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