Christmas Tree Festival in the Council Foyer Again!

5 December 2016

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Classic American Machinery at Pegasus

6 November 2016

Today was the annual Classic American car show at Gladstone Park, Pegasus. There were lots of Mustangs, Corvettes, Impalas and the like, but this 1934 Ford V8 pickup really appealed to us.

Bouncy Castles Gather at Kaiapoi North School!

6 November 2016

Kaiapoi North School staged a fundraiser today in the form of a car boot sale. As you can see, there were things for the kids too!

Thank-You!

9 October 2016

​Thank you to all who have sent messages via different media. If you had asked me six years ago, newly elected to this position and one month after the September quake if I would have survived into a third term, I would have expressed my doubts. However, a unified Council and community have returned much the same council for three terms in a row and for this we are grateful for your support. 
The next three years will be dominated by the recovery of the regeneration areas in Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki, by a variety of water issues and by planning for current and anticipated growth. Fortunately we have a Council that has one of the soundest financial footings in the country. 
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working together as a Waimakariri District to meet our challenges.

FUnd-Raising Breakfast for Karanga Mai

4 October 2016

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Lesley Elliott Tells Her Story

3 October 2016

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This event is happening in Kaiapoi and Oxford next week. Lesley Elliott tells the story of her daughter Sophie’s relationship with Clayton Weatherston and the signs of abuse that friends and family did not recognise. Lesley has travelled all over New Zealand speaking to raise awareness of the signs of abuse in hope to avoid another tragic death like Sophie’s.

Oxford is Full of People Springing In!

2 October 2016

Classic cars have poured into #Oxford for Spring into Oxford – all ages, all makes. The town is buzzing with markets too!

84th Woodend Flower Show

2 October 2016

The amazing variety of daffodils that are out there were on full display at this year’s #Woodend Flower Show. A big crowd turned out for the premier flower show in #Waimakariri.

Council Services Affect You All Day, Every Day

30 September 2016

This comes form the NZ Herald and is about Auckland, but it actually applies to the whole country.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/transport/news/article.cfm?c_id=97&objectid=11719192

 

Canterbury Provincial Brass Band Champs in Rangiora Town Hall 

24 September 2016

On all afternoon and into the evening using the new removable extension to the stage. 

The Birds Are Back in the Ashley-Rakahuri

12 September 2016

birdsThis is the time of the year when endangered birds like the wrybill, black-fronted tern and black-billed gulls return to the Ashley-Rakahuri to breed.  Local primary schoolchildren have made their own birds – currently they are on the front lawn of the Council building in Rangiora, but expect the flock to land elsewhere in the district in the coming weeks!

Breeding areas are usually marked, so keep well away, and don’t let dogs off the leash.  The wrybill nests are isolated almost impossible to see, but the terns and gulls nest in colonies.

 

Six years on … the World Has Changed

4 September 2016

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Six years ago today, a defining moment in our history occurred. In this part of Canterbury, our communities often talk about things as before or after the earthquake.

So much has changed and we found ourselves going in directions we never thought we would. Some of those things have been for the better. Yesterday’s fantastic day in Rangiora, following the pain in the town centre, would never have happened (nor would have the pain). We, like other districts and towns in New Zealand, would be arguing over the strengthening of commercial and public buildings.  Not Kaiapoi or Rangiora. Not Oxford.

But we haven’t finished yet and some of what lies before us is exciting.  The plan for the regeneration areas of Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki await final ministerial approval, but there will be a lot more to do as a community when we get down to the detail.  I look forward to that!

The Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade are recruiting NOW!

17 August 2016
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The Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade are recruiting NOW!

 

Our Purpose is to protect life and property Our focus is on Fire Safety, Fire Prevention, Fire Extinction and Rescue You could be part of an essential emergency service in the Rangiora Community where you will be part of a team of enthusiastic, committed people who ensure the safe and wellbeing of our town. Your employer has indicated they would support an employee joining the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade. We are however realistic in that we cannot have everyone join but dependent on the number of interested people we would conduct an interview process to select the candidates that would best fulfill the role. More detail to explain about the process of joining the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade would be provided to the individual applicant to ensure they are well informed of what is required.

Below is some of the criteria required:

  • Applicants need to live and work in the Rangiora township
  • Strong commitment with values and integrity
  • Works as part of a team and has respect for the organization
  • Pass a medical and security check
  • Sense of humour and enjoy comradeship
  • Points of interest about our Brigade
  • We train every Monday night excluding Public Holidays and the Xmas / New Year period
  • Our values in order are Family, Employment and the Fire Brigade
  • Being a Volunteer Fire Fighter is an extremely rewarding role
  • You learn and develop a number of skills which also can assist within your employment environment
  • We have a strong social focus with particular emphasis on family

Our complete focus is to ensure we provide a professional Emergency Service for our community and to enjoy what we do. If you are interested please contact Chief Fire Officer Hamish Peter on 021 793 383 or email Hamish.peter@fire.org.nz or Deputy Chief Fire Officer Kerry Ealam on 021 814 758 or email Kerry.ealam@fire.org.nz Kind Regards Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade.

 

Still a Lot of Work to be Done in Kaiapoi-Pines-Kairaki Regeneration Areas

14 August 2016

The draft plan that Minister Brownlee has issued for comment (after being prepared by our community) is, in the common jargon, “high level”. The next doing stages will require more detailed engagement with community and planning. I think that is something we can all enjoy.

Waimakariri Experiences an Outbreak of Democracy

12 August 2016

Well, nominations have closed and we have elections for all positions except the Ohoka-Swannanoa subdivision of the Oxford-Ohoka Community Board  where there are three nominations for three positions.

It’s great to see a large number of people putting themselves forward to serve our community. 

Check the Council website for the names. 

Ice Sculpture at Blackwells: #Kaiapoi Arts Week

23 July 2016

A good crowd watching amazing work on a warm nor’west day.

The Fences have gone from the Junction: an Earthquake Survivor in #Rangiora.

23 July 2016

The facade of the former Junction Hotel  (later Robbies) has been saved and the construction fences have now gone. Great to have the old lady back! 

Kids Fest Rounds Off with the Annual Kids’ Market

23 July 2016

Lots turned up for the annual kids’ market at Rangiora Borough School yesterday. Toy boxes and wardrobes all over the Waimakariri District must be feeling emptier!

Kaiapoi Art Expo is on This Weekend

22 July 2016

One of the main arts events of the year in Waimakariri is on this weekend in Kaiapoi. A great range of talent is on display, including work from schools across the Waimakariri District.

Belgian National Day Recognised in Waimakariri 

22 July 2016

A pity the wind didn’t blow yesterday but the Belgian flag flew to commemorate Belgium’s national day. Waimakariri has a twinning relationship with the municipality of Zonnebeke on the Passchendaele battlefield.

Jeff Bell Caricatures at Chamber Gallery

20 June 2016

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Home  town caricaturist Jeff Bell is exhibiting his first solo exhibition at the Chamber Gallery in #Rangiora. Some well-known people!

Kaiapoi’s Darnley Club – 25 Year’s Service

22 May 2016

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The Darnley Club is celebrating 25 years providing day elder-care for the community of Kaiapoi and beyond. A huge number of volunteers have helped over the years: as carers, cooks,  drivers, committee members and so on. For most of that time they have operated 5 days a week in the Council-run Kaiapoi Community Centre.

Sefton Tug o War the Event of the Day!

22 May 2016

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The annual Sefton Tug o War is on again! A bit slippery underfoot but the cool day is probably helping the many teams from #Waimakariri and beyond! A fund raiser for the Sefton School.

Kaiapoi to Rangiora Fun Run and Walk

13 March 2016

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The annual #Kaiapoi to #Rangiora fun run/walk climbs the stopbank after crossing under the Skew Bridge. Great day with a new route. Well done to the Lions for organising this event which links our two main towns.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

I’m Standing Again

1 March 2016

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I have decided to stand for re-election to the Waimakariri mayoralty later this year.

It has been a privilege to serve in Waimakariri’s response and recovery after the earthquakes.  Our community and council have showed tremendous unity of purpose and have agreed on the priorities that we needed to set.  While we are not out of it yet, the way community groups, business and property owners, council staff and my elected colleagues have worked together has taken us a long way forward.

Over the last two council terms since the earthquakes a number of major repair and replacement projects have been completed by the Council, including the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre, the Rangiora and Oxford Town Halls, the Rānui Mews housing for the elderly complex in Kaiapoi, the former Rangiora Borough Council Chamber and the Trousselot Park playground and skate park, also in Kaiapoi.  Major repairs have also been carried out on war memorials in Cust and West Eyreton and on many pavilions and community buildings.  While not earthquake-related, a new bridge across the Ashley has been completed.

Within the next few months, major upgrades of Williams Street Kaiapoi and High Street Rangiora will be completed, following a long period of keeping town centre business alive through the use of temporary buildings, particularly in Rangiora.  There is a strong sense of anticipation in both towns.

In looking forward over the next three years, I see a continuation of the flood remediation work started in the second half of 2014 which should bring greater security for such areas as Fernside, Mandeville, Ohoka, Rangiora and Kaiapoi.

All of this has been against a background of unprecedented population and housing growth caused mainly by the red-zoning of about 7000 residential properties in Christchurch and Kaiapoi in the latter part of 2011.  While our underground infrastructure has been able to cope, there has obviously been a lot of traffic congestion. This has been caused by the unanticipated red-zone population shift getting ahead of planned motorway building in Christchurch.

I see at least two areas of work that will continue into the next Council term.  Staff and contractors have made great progress in repairing infrastructure and that will continue and should be helped by the finalising of the Red Zone Recovery Plan currently out for consultation. Working with the Government on that Plan is another major piece of work and is likely to continue into the new term.  I want to be part of that.

I have found the last five-and-a-half years working with our community a tremendously rewarding experience on a personal level. While many have been through very tough times, and in some cases still are, I am one of the many who feel that they have been able to make a contribution. I don’t feel that I have finished yet.

Authorised by D L Ayers, 279 High Street, Rangiora 7400

They’re Gone!

24 February 2016

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The temporary shops are gone from #Rangiora. They’ve served High St businesses well but new buildings have made them unnecessary.

The roadway will get a temporary seal so that High and Durham Streets can reopen to 2-way traffic.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

Flowers in the Avon

23 February 2016

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I hope the dropping of flowers into the Avon/Otakaro on 22 February continues into the future. We won’t always have the earthquake-caused road cones for them.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

The Temporary Shops are Leaving #Rangiora

18 February 2016

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Each night this week the temporary shops have been disappearing from Rangiora. Since mid-2012 they have been helping to keep High Street alive by providing spaces for dislocated retailers. Now, with the new shops being built, they are no longer needed. Most are to be used as sports ground facilities.

Waitangi Day in #Waimakariri

8 February 2016

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The weather was great and a good crowd celebrated our national day at Trousselot Park, #Kaiapoi.

David Ayers, Mayor, Waimakariri

Toddlers’ Big Day Out a Great Community Gathering in #Rangiora

31 January 2016


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