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Pippa Coom May 2013I was first elected to the Waitematā Local Board in the first Auckland Council “super city” elections of 2010 and was re-elected in 2013.  As Deputy Chair I have responsibilities on the Board for the Community and Transport portfolios. I am committed to delivering initiatives that create neighbourhoods that we want to live in – safe, vibrant, connected and sustainable.

With a background as a corporate lawyer, I have been working full-time as a volunteer in the community since 2009. I was named Sustainability Champion at the Sustainable Business Network awards in 2011 for my cycling advocacy and involvement with the Grey Lynn Farmers Market (I was chair of the management committee for 5 years until October 2015)

I am also  currently on the Board of Trustees of  Connected Media and was a trustee of Grey Lynn 2030 until May 2016.

I enjoy the freedom of getting round Central Auckland by bicycle.

Board responsibilities

Portfolios:  Transport – Lead, Community- Lead

Committees: Chair, Grants Committee, Member of the Central Joint Funding Committee

Positions: Ponsonby Business Association, Newmarket Business Association (alternate)

I report monthly on my Board activities here

Other roles and memberships

Education

  • Currently studying te reo Maori (Te Kakano II) at AUT
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales, 2003
  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of NZ, 1993
  • Professional Legal Studies completed at Victoria University of Wellington, 1993
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Otago
  • Auckland Girls’ Grammar School old girl (I was honoured to be the guest speaker at the Old Girls’ Annual dinner on 4 November 2010)

My background
My community involvement goes back to my school days at Auckland Girls’ Grammar when I was a founding member of the Auckland City Youth Council.

Previous community and professional involvement:

  • Trustee of Kelmarna Organic City Farm in Herne Bay (until May 2012)
  • Coordinator, Frocks On Bikes – Auckland (until May 2013)
  • Committee member and Membership secretary, Cycle Action Auckland
  • Management committee, Citizens Advice Bureau (Wellington Central)
  • Wellington District Law Society Council 1996 – 1999
  • Vice- president of the Corporate Lawyers Association 1999
  • Volunteer for Community Law Centres in Dunedin & Wellington
  • Chair, Young Lawyers Committee (Wellington)
  • Full time volunteer at the Youth Law Project in Auckland
  • English as a second language tutor with the Home Tutor Project.
  • Secretary of the Otago Law Students Association 1991
  • NZ representative as an AFS student in Peru and at World Expo 92, Seville, Spain.
  • Secretary, Otago University Labour Club

Professional work

  • Over 15 years  legal experience
  • Specialising in regulated industries most recently at Vector Limited
  • I have also worked in-house at the Ministry of Fisheries in Wellington, Network Rail in the UK and for the Stevenson Group Ltd.

I maintain a register of interests here 

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