Sue Piper

Susan Margaret Piper (born 1951) is a retired New Zealand trade unionist.[1][2]


Piper was born in Wellington in 1951. Both her parents were active members of the Communist Party of New Zealand. Piper was involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement and became a member of the Labour Party.[1] She was on the organising committee of the 1975 United Women's Convention, working alongside leading feminist organisers such as Ros Noonan, Deidre Milne and Margaret Shields.[3]

Piper worked in a number of unions, including the Clerical Workers Union, the Early Childhood Workers Union and the Public Service Association (PSA), where she was an executive officer from 1982 to 1987. In 1988 she stood for president of the PSA and won with 56,027 votes to 36,790 for PSA vice-president Colin Feslier. She was the first woman to hold the position.[1][3] She contemplated standing for the Labour Party in the 1992 Wellington Central by-election.[4]

Piper was a member of the Wellington City Council from 1995 to 2004.[5] She was chair of the Local Government Commission for six years, and chair of Sport Wellington.[3] She has been president of Croquet New Zealand and served on the board of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Piper, Susan Margaret (16 November 1999). "Interview with Sue Piper". Interview with Sue Piper | Items | National Library of New Zealand | National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  2. ^ "New Zealand's Women in Power: Where are they now?". Stuff. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Sue Piper » PSA 100". www.psa100.org.nz. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  4. ^ Collins, Simon (12 October 1992). "Mayoral win opens up byelection". The New Zealand Herald. p. 1.
  5. ^ "The Commissioners | Local Government Commission". www.lgc.govt.nz. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  6. ^ "When you're in a hole, stop digging". Stuff. Retrieved 2 May 2020.

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