Meet Pippa

Fresh leadership for Waitematā and Gulf

“I’m 100% committed to standing with you on local issues and to getting things done. I will be an effective, positive voice around the council table. I will work hard for strong Local boards and to ensure Council is accountable, efficient, open and inclusive of everyone.”

With a background in law, and as the current Chair of the Waitematā Local Board, Pippa has extensive experience in governance, a network of community relationships, and an understanding of the issues that matter to us all.

A vote for Pippa Coom is a vote for experience and a fresh voice for the Waitematā and Gulf.

What I stand for

I’m a progressive aligned with City Vision, a coalition of Labour, the Greens and community independents like myself, but my primary allegiance is to the people of Waitematā and Gulf.

Transport choices
An efficient, reliable public transport system with affordable, integrated fares covering all parts of Auckland including the Gulf Islands.

Climate Action
A just transition to a low-emissions and climate-ready city; every decision of Auckland Council must contribute to fighting the climate and ecological crisis.

Environmental sustainability 
Cleaning up our waterways and harbours; protecting the qualities that make the Gulf Islands and Hauraki Gulf special.

Strong local boards and local decision making
I will meet regularly with the three local board chairs, attend local board meetings and effectively advocate for local issues.

A city with a heart
Continuing with the revitalisation of downtown with a Quay Street boulevard, new public spaces and people-friendly streets.

Safe streets
Healthy, safe, connected and accessible streets with slower speeds that encourage kids to walk, scoot and bike to school.

The Access for Everyone project will be good for business and make the city centre more liveable for the growing residential population.

Ending homelessness through support for initiatives such as Housing First.  Quality, affordable housing developments and effective use of brownfield sites.

Good governance
Holding the Council Controlled Organisations such as Auckland Transport to account; ensuring value for money, council efficiencies and getting the basics right.

Careful financial management
As local board chair I have met community priorities within budget through careful financial management.

There is much more to do building vibrant, inclusive, accessible and resilient communities.

Fresh leadership on Council

Pippa Coom:  Your Councillor for Waitematā and Gulf Ward

After almost nine years on the Waitematā Local Board, currently serving as Chair, I am delighted to be City Vision’s candidate for councillor for the Waitematā and Gulf ward.

It has been a privilege to serve the communities of Waitematā and to lead a local board that has built a reputation for being brave, adventurous and effective.

Among its achievements have been the transformation of the Ellen Melville Centre into a vibrant community hub , the development of the Weona-Westmere coastal walk and other new pathways, and improved playgrounds. Find out more about my focus here.

What can you expect from me as a councillor?  

I will build on extensive experience in governance, a network of community relationships, and an understanding of the issues that matter to Aucklanders. My leadership style is inclusive and respectful, I seek consensus rather than division, and I value teamwork and open communication. I will be a councillor who is available and accessible, and I will be there in person for community events, big and small.

I’m also transparent, maintaining a full public  declaration of interests and monthly reports on my activities.

My background

My path into local government started early on with community activism, volunteering and community-building and this activism continued during a 15 year legal career. Find out more about my background here.

In 2010 I was elected to the Waitematā Local Board in the first Super City election.  In 2013 and 2016 I was the highest polling candidate.

Our community, your voice

About City Vision:  We are proud Aucklanders and will fight to ensure our local communities get heard. Our values are well known, and we know how to get things done.

Enhancing your spaces and places:
We are your advocate for great parks, urban design that is accessible for  everyone, and embracing our heritage.

From maunga to moana:
City Vision cleans up, protects, and enhances Auckland’s environment,
from the mountain to the sea.

Together, let’s build Auckland:
Supporting local businesses, affordable homes, and delivering better infrastructure for our communities.

Your vision, our city:
We’ll stand up for our local communities representing your voice, your views,
and your vision.

Getting Auckland moving:
City Vision champions public transport and investment in giving Aucklanders
travel choices.

City Vision’s policies and principles 

Meet City Vision’s full team of candidates



My Values

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My background

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Waitemata Local Board achievements

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Contact Pippa

To get in touch, call me on +64 22 39 38 763 or use the contact form below to send me an email.

You can also find me on Twitter  @pippacoom or on Facebook