Our People

Executive Council

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President - Gay Richards

Gay is an Information Specialist (librarian) the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse based at The Univerisity of Auckland Grafton Campus   She is involved in her local community  as chair of a residents' group and trustee of the Devonport Peninsula Trust.  Gay uses public transport evey day and promotes the importance of the accessible journey and good walking links to connect communities and identifies as a disabled person with a vision impairment.

Vice President - Tim Jones

Tim Jones is a Wellington writer and activist for low-carbon transport solutions. A keen walker since childhood walks in the Southland hills with his father, Tim has lived in Wellington since 1993.
In 2005, Tim became Convener of the Sustainable Energy Forum. He was a member of the Government's Vehicle Energy and Renewables Group in 2007-08.   Subsequently, he joined the Save the Basin Campaign Inc, which with allied groups succeeded in defeating a proposal to build a motorway flyover at the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington as part of the then-Government's Roads of National Significance programme.
He is also involved in the Connect Wellington group which is campaigning for low-carbon transport choices in Wellington.

Secretary -  Paula Wilkinson

Paula conflates interest and experience in landscape architecture and sociology to promote design for social change in our urban environments. She has been involved in a number of public space projects, most recently Ponsonby Park, a community led design venture, which became Waitematā Local Board’s One Local Initiative for 2019.   She advocates walking is key for robust and resilient communities, who learn and grow together through the close interaction enabled on the footpath, public spaces, and accessible urban and rural walking tracks. 

Treasurer - Robin Rawson

Now based in Whangārei, Robin has lived and worked around the country and has advocated for more buses in Queenstown, footpaths clear of cars in Dunedin and shared paths in Whangārei.  Robin works as a Parks and Recreation Consultant, and has previously worked as a Landscape Architect, Planner and Infrastructure Planner.  Robin's younger self would never have guessed that in 2020 she would complete an engineering Diploma specialising in roading and transport. 

Dr Chris Teo-Sherrell

Chris is in Palmerston North. As a former City Councilor Chris promotes healthier, less polluting transport, waste minimization and enhanced neighbourhood vitality.

Dr Jean-Paul Thull FCILT

Jean-Paul is a civil engineer, specialising in transport & urban planning, logistics, energy & waste management. His expertise includes multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder projects associated within a multi-cultural environment. He is a free-lance advisor to governments, consultancies and logistics companies and prior to that, worked 10 years in German consultancies and as a senior academic at Lincoln University for 17 years. He has a strong affiliation to transport through the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Eastern Asian Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) of which he has been a board member for many years. His passion relating to Living Streets Aotearoa lies with urban planning and road safety. He is based in rural Tauranga.

Carina Duke

Carina lives in Christchurch and is a Rehabilitation Instructor with Blind Low Vision NZ.  She promotes Accessible/Universal Design and is a member of local accessibility advocacy groups.

Peter Bos

Peter is an engineering draughtsperson in Hamilton, has been involved with Cycle Action Waikato and Living-streets Hamilton for over a decade. He is interested in the urban design and the feel of mid-sized cities. He regularly posts onto the Hamilton Urban Blog site. Peter’s priority is to have zero road deaths in Hamilton. 

Ellen Blake

Kaituitui a Whanganui a Tara and previous Tumuaki tuarua, I've been a strong advocate for walking both nationally and in Wellington for many years. I'm specially interested in seeing the next generation of footpaths and public spaces develop into places that people want to live and move through as a first choice on foot. This means children, older folks and disabled people are part of the design of places and find them safe, comfortable and social.

Past President - Andy Smith

Andy was a software writer in the early 1970’s and worked in the Finance, Telemarketing and Data Warehousing industries around the world; getting their computer systems to sit up and beg.  More recently Andy spent his time in the Not For Profit (NFP) sector as a volunteer, attaining a Graduate Diploma in NFP Management.  He was a Trustee of the SkyPath project, maintained the websites and mailing lists for them, Living Streets Aotearoa, Walk Auckland and the Auckland Folk Festival.  Andy was the convener of the 2WALKandCYCLE conference series in NZ. The walking community and many, many others were deeply saddened by Andy's passing in July 2021.




About Us

Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.

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