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Welcome from Pippa

Pippa Coom In 2010 I was first elected to the Waitematā Local Board as a community independent on the City Vision team . I served two terms as Deputy Chair. In October 2016 I was elected Chair of the Board. 

I am committed to working full time for the heart of our city and Auckland’s central suburbs both on Council and with several voluntary organisations.  I was chair of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market committee for five years until October 2015.  I am a strong advocate for community-led development, sustainability and transport choice (my profile here).

My blog is where I put my monthly reports, speeches and updates about issues relevant to my activities as Chair and my portfolios of environment and transport.

My approach is collaborative, inclusive and open.  I maintain a full declaration of interests here and report monthly on my activities.  Please get in touch if there is anything you would like to discuss.


Pippa Coom: Chair, Waitematā Local Board
Report covering the period 9 October until 7 November 2017.  (Attached to the November business meeting agenda) Highlights  Good Citizens Awards Every two years the WaitematÄ Local Board hosts the Good Citizen Awards first initiated in 2013 by Shale Chambers with great support from former member Tricia Reade. The awards are the Boards way of […]
From the fringe to mainstream: the politics of gaining community support and delivering successful cycling infrastructure for the future At the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress held in Christchurch 17-20 October 2017 I presented in a session on the theme of Community Engagement in collaboration with Christchurch City Councillor Phil Clearwater. We thought it would be interesting to present […]
Report covering the period 11 September until 9 October 2017. Highlights Opening of Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place The biggest project that the Board has delivered was opened on 15 September.  In my speech I looked back on the journey to create an inner city community hub and acknowledged the many people involved with […]
NZ’s road toll is tragically rising.  A new road safety approach is needed that will work. The Waitemata Local Board is with Brake, Cycle Action Network and NZ School Speeds in backing Vision Zero. Media Release: Brake Road Safety Charity New Government urged to take more action on road safety as support for Vision Zero increases Date: […]
Report (on the September business meeting agenda) covering the period 7 August until 10 September 2017. Highlights Local Board plan hearing Consultation on the draft WaitematÄ Local Board Plan 2017 concluded with a hearing held on 8 August.  15 submitters presented to the board on a range of topics. At the hearing meeting we also […]