About David Ayers

This blog is here mainly because I am a Waimakariri District Councillor again. 


First elected to the Rangiora Borough Council in 1983, I served continuously on that Council and its successors until 2001. 

I was Waimakariri Deputy Mayor from 1995 to 2001.

Between 1986 and 1995 I chaired the Finance committees of the Rangiora and Waimakariri District Councils and from 1998 to 2001 I chaired the Audit Committee. At the time of the 2001 local body elections, I decided not to seek re-election.  I was finding that the time demands of the dual role of Councillor and Assistant Principal of Rangiora High School were too much.

Between 2001 and 2007, I chaired the Council’s Rangiora Ward Advisory Board.

My working life has been in education.  After gaining an MA (Hons) in History, I taught at Mairehau, Cashmere and Rangiora High Schools, being Assistant and/or Deputy Principal at the latter two. 

After retiring as Deputy Principal of Rangiora High School in 2005, I worked as a teacher adviser for the University of Canterbury. 

I am involved in a wide range of community groups: the Rangiora Community Watch, the Rangiora Methodist Parish, the Rotary Club of Rangiora, the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group, the Ashley Community Church restoration committee and the Waimakariri Community Arts Council.  I am also a patron of the North Canterbury Musical Society and a trustee of the Waimakariri Art Collection Trust.  One little job that I do is as an attendant every two or three months at the Rangiora Museum.  I am also an Alternate Civil Defence Controller for the District.

In my work as a teacher, I coached cricket and hockey for many years

A bit more: I have lived in Canterbury all my life, in either Christchurch or Rangiora.  I am married to Marilyn and we have lived in the house on the corner of High and King Streets since 1976 – although people still often refer to it as “Dr King’s house”, as indeed it used to be before we bought it off him.

Our sons, Matthew and Daniel, both received good educations at Rangiora Borough and High Schools before going on to the University of Canterbury.

Although I was not born in Rangiora, the Ayers family has a long association with the District.  My great great grandparents arrived in Woodend from Bedfordshire in 1858 and my great grandfather, Samuel Ayers, settled in Rangiora with his new bride, Sarah Ann Judson, in 1875.  The house he built still stands. He was a Borough Councillor as was one of his sons (and my great-uncle), Cecil.

8 Responses to “About David Ayers”

  1. Helen Stanley Says:

    Hi David,

    I can’t see that you have mentioned that you are a member of the Landmarks Team!!!

    Great site though, where do you get time?

    I learnt something too, we hadn’t realised that there was a website for the dudley pool.



  2. Philip Wood Says:

    Hi David,

    Can you please make absolutely clear where you stand on the Woodend By-pass route options. This is, and always has been for the last 20 years, the number one issue for Woodend.

    After the disgraceful behaviour of our current mayor and deputy mayor concerning this matter people in Woodend want to ensure that they will get what they think they are voting for. We won’t get fooled again.

    So no fluff please, put your cards on the table, and gain the support of the town.

    • David Ayers Says:

      Hi Philip

      I strongly support a State Highway 1 bypass around the town. I always have – and I voted for it when it last came up at the Council. I regard the current route through the town as totally unacceptable.

  3. Kristen Says:

    Hi David,

    I am a Kitchen designer from Rangiora and we are building a bar for the new Manderville Tavern, In Kaiapoi. I am looking to do a very large splash back feature on the back wall with printed old photographs of Kaiapoi on the back. Do you have any high resolution photographs that may be ideal for this? As I was raised in Kaiapoi I really want to have photographic reminders of our history in the new buildings as our historic buildings no longer stand.
    Thank you for your time.
    Kind Regards

  4. Margaret Bean Says:

    Hi David

    Have read some of your blogs and wonder if your interests extend as far as the history of the Rangiora Brass Band. I know they played for a benefit concert for a J P Matthews sometime in the 1920s. I have the programme but unfortunately it is undated.
    I would like the date and the reason why Matthews was given a benefit concert?

    Will await your reply with interest.


    • David Ayers Says:

      Hi Margaret. I’m intereted in all local North Canterbury history! I don’t know much about the history of the Rangiora Brass Band, although I have been patron of it for about a year. I’m digging around and will reply to you direct by email to let you know how I have got on. Regards David.

  5. Doug Clarke Says:

    Hi David, my dog gets rather cold in the winter, he’s a Keebler spaniel and as I’m sure you are aware, this particular breed of doq, hailing from the plains of southern Sri Lanka is more susceptible to the bitter colds of our Canterbury winters than most.
    It has been suggested to me to knit him a woolen coat to compensate for his short and patchy hair, but being a born and bred North Canterbury lad, I’d prefer not be seen with such a pansy looking canine. I’ve left him be for the previous two winters in the hope he would ‘harden up’ but alas he is as shivery and blue as ever. I’m at a loss David, what should I do?

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