Archive for March, 2016

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

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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


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