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This Will Be My Last Term

5 April 2018

I have decided that this will be on my last term on the Waimakariri District Council.

The term ends in October 2019 and by then I will have been Mayor for nine years and a member of the Council or its predecessors for 30. I started as a Rangiora Borough Councillor in 1983.  Three years later the Borough amalgamated with the surrounding District to form an enlarged Rangiora District Council.  The Waimakariri District Council came into being in 1989 and included the former Rangiora District (by them amalgamated with Eyre County), Kaiapoi Borough, Oxford County and the southern part of Hurunui County.

In 1995 I was appointed Deputy Mayor alongside Mayor Janice Skurr.  In 2001, I stood down under pressure of work – it had become too much along with my job as Assistant Principal at Rangiora High School.  For the next six years I chaired the Rangiora Ward Advisory Board, an appointed predecessor of today’s Rangiora Ashley Community Board.

I was re-elected to the Council in 2007 and won the Mayoralty in the local government elections of 2010, just one month after the 4 September 2010 earthquake.

Today’s media statement follows.

Media Statement from David Ayers, Mayor of Waimakariri

David Ayers Announces Intention to Retire from Waimakariri Mayoralty

The Mayor of Waimakariri, David Ayers, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the current Council term in October 2019.

“Marilyn and I are at a stage in our lives, in our early 70s, where we want to step back rather than to commit a further three years to this role,” he said. “I am looking forward to the next 18 months of Council work but it will then be time for someone else to take on the responsibilities.”

David Ayers was first elected to the Rangiora Borough Council in 1983 and is the only Rangiora Borough Councillor to have served on the Waimakariri District Council.  By October next year, he will have spent 30 years as a councillor or mayor – plus six years in the early 2000s chairing the Council’s Rangiora Ward Advisory Board.  He was Deputy Mayor between 1995 and 2001 and was elected to the Mayoralty in 2010.

“Coming to the mayoralty one month after the September 2010 earthquake has meant that my time has been dominated by earthquake recovery, earthquake-prone buildings and town centre rebuilding,” he said. “However, the time to look back will be some time in the future. There is plenty ahead of us on the Council over the rest of the term, including the on-going post-earthquake projects in the Kaiapoi and Pines-Kairaki Regeneration Areas.

“I continue to enjoy the role and being out in our fantastic community, but announcing my intentions now gives others plenty of time to consider standing.  It is not a job to be taken on lightly as it requires a good 60 hours a week, including most weekends.”

David Ayers

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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.

I’m Seeking Re-election to the Waimakariri Mayoralty

1 April 2013

In a speech to the Waimakariri Combined Probus Club, I have announced my intention to seek re-election to the Waimakariri Mayoralty.

You should be able to find the media statement that I have subsequently issued amongst the pages to the right with the title Re-Election Sought – Media Statement 1 April 2013 – or by clicking on the link here.

The speech is also there: Re-Election Sought – Speech to Waimakariri Combined Probus Club 28 March 2013 – or by clicking the link too!

Facebook Page Up-and-Running Again

1 January 2011

I’ve changed the name of my Facebook page to:

David Ayers in Waimakariri – the Mayor’s Page .

This can be found at!/pages/David-Ayers-in-Waimakariri-the-Mayors-Page/117278721642302 – or click on the link in the blogroll at the right of your screen.

The Earthquake – What I Have Been Doing

16 September 2010

For those who follow this blog, you will know that, until yesterday, nothing has happened on it since before the Earthquake.

Many hundreds of people, possibly thousands, have been involved in the response since 4 September.  Much of it has been hidden from the public view.  At the end of last week I took two staff members into Kaiapoi and Pines to have a look.  They had both been working extremely long hours in the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Rangiora but had not actually seen the area and the people they were working to help.

The EOC was in operation very quickly – well before 6.00am on the 4th.  We have four Civil Defence Controllers, and most of the controlling work has been carried by two staff members, Nick Harrison and Bruce Thompson, and a volunteer – me.  My role as a Controller has nothing to do with my role as a Councillor.

I have been on duty every day except one, and outside my time as a controller, I have door-knocked in Kaiapoi (starting on Sunday 5 September) and Pines Beach, delivered information leaflets, started to plan for the Recovery phase and reported to various groups about what is going on. I have also tried to keep contact with the Welfare Centres in Kaiapoi, Pines Beach and Tuahiwi.  In the first week, my days were about 15-18 hours each.  Every morning has started at 7.00am.

Other things, like this blog, have gone by the wayside!

One Waimakariri District: My Position

29 August 2010

Ever since I was elected to the Waimakariri District Council in  its first elections, in 1989, I have regarded myself as a Waimakariri councillor not a Rangiora one (I had six years off in 2001-07).

As far as I am concerned, wards are a means of achieving a geographical spread of councillors.  Once elected, however, we are sworn in as Waimakariri councillors and we have to make decisions for the whole District.

One of the challenges has always been to be seen to be “doing” things for the entire District.  It is common for people to say that all the money gets spent in one part of the District rather than others. 

This is exacerbated by the fact that a large part of the District sees Rangiora as its service centre – shopping, professional services, secondary schooling, etc.  A consequence of this is that there is often a demand for improved facilities in Rangiora.

My own view is that there are some facilities that should be available in various parts of the District.  As Woodend and Pegasus grow towards something like their projected combined population of about 10,000, there should be a library facility somewhere there.  We should be looking into the possibility of adding a leisure pool to the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre,  just as Dudley Park has. 

We can also be looking at the complementarity of facilities, so that what is found in one part of the District can be complemented by what is found in another part.  You wouldn’t, for instance, want to replicate the Rangiora Town Hall in Kaiapoi, but a different, more flexible, kind of performance venue could be considered.

None of this has to happen this year or the next.  But we should be looking forward to the kind of facilities that a District with a population of 60,000+ (currently 46,000) will need.

The important things is that when we put a facility into one part of the District, it needs to be seen as being there for the whole District.

My Candidate Statement

27 August 2010

This is my candidate statement that will go out with the voting papers. Note that candidates are kept to a word limit.

I bring visibility, experience and forward-thinking to the mayoralty.

We need leadership that unites the District and doesn’t divide one part of the community from another. The mayor needs to be visible everywhere in the District and be available to the community.

We also need leadership that knows the community through the deep involvement in a wide range of community groups that I have had. 

As Mayor I would know what I am doing.  I offer 21 years’ experience as a Councillor, including six as Deputy Mayor and twelve chairing finance committees.  This experience will enable me to cope with the challenges of growth and with a changing local government environment.  

Waimakariri is a great place.  I will bring to the mayoralty the forward-thinking that will enable us to work together to make it an even better District in which to live, do business and farm. 

Go to

Make-over? The New Improved David Ayers

18 August 2010

Someone obviously thinks they can improve on the original.

Categorical Assurance!

11 April 2010

To those readers of Saturday’s Press:  I can categorically assure you that I have no interest whatsoever in the Christchurch mayoralty!

Mayoral Candidacy Announced

7 April 2010

    Media Statement Made Today


      [see also Biography as at April 2010 under About David Ayers in the list of pages to the right of your screen.]


 Long-serving Waimakariri Councillor, David Ayers, has announced that he is standing for the Waimakariri mayoralty in the elections that will be held in September and October this year. 

“The District is ready for positive leadership that acknowledges the District’s strengths and that will get the District back on the path of sustainable development,“  he said. 

“We need leadership that unites the District and doesn’t divide one community from another or urban residents from their rural neighbours.  While acknowledging that local communities have their own proud histories and may have particular interests, we also need to recognise that District facilities available to all will be financed from across the District,” said David Ayers. 

“The significant developments that have started in this current term of the Council, such as new water schemes for Oxford and Rangiora, and the Dudley Park Aquatic centre, were all initiated in the previous term.  The current leadership came into office determined to delay them and was only forced to back-track under pressure of public opinion.  We are sorely in need of forward-looking leadership,” he said. 

“I believe strongly in this District.  Our two largest towns have a long history of integration with the rural community and we now have a great, if challenging, mix of growing towns and townships, large farms and small holdings, beach settlements and rural-residential communities.  We live alongside internationally-significant braided rivers and wonderful beaches and hill country.  Waimakariri is a District of opportunity and this is why so many are coming to live here. 

“We can work together to make this an even better place to live, do business and farm.” 

Cr Ayers is descended from early Woodend settlers. He is the longest serving councillor in the Waimakariri District, having been first elected to the Rangiora Borough Council in 1983.  He stood down under pressure of work in 2001 and then chaired the Rangiora Ward Advisory Board for six years before being re-elected to the Council in 2007. 

He was Deputy Mayor between 1995 and 2001 and chaired Rangiora and Waimakariri District finance and audit committees for twelve years. 

A former Deputy Principal of Rangiora High School, David Ayers is involved in a wide range of community groups including Rotary, Community Watch, the Methodist Church, Ashley Rivercare, North Canterbury Radio Trust and the Waimakariri Arts Council.  He and his wife, Marilyn, also do duty in the local museum and he is an Alternate Civil Defence Controller for the District.  An interest in the District’s history is reflected in his involvement with the restoration group for the Ashley Community Church and with the Rangiora Landmarks group, which puts commemorative plaques on historic buildings. 

For the past three years he has been running an internet blog at that many locals have accessed for information. 

“I see my Council involvement and my Mayoral candidacy as an extension of this service to the community,” concluded David Ayers.

Spending One’s Life at the Council …

13 August 2009

Sometimes, my family must have wondered where my home is.  Marilyn and I will have been married 40 years next week – and come November I will have spent 20 years as a Rangiora or Waimakariri councillor.  Hmmmm.

This is why I can relate to this very funny page about an US senator on the American humour website The Onion:

Councillors’ Pay

12 February 2009

Not a subject that generates great joy among the public!

Contrary to popular belief, councillors have been paid for quite a long time.  When I was first elected to the Rangiora Borough Council in 1983, I was surprised to find that I was paid meeting payments.  It was not much in those days, but it increased dramatically after the reorganisation of 1989 and has gone up steadily since then.  I am currently paid substantially more as an “ordinary” councillor than I did as Deputy Mayor eight years ago.

I estimate that I spend about half of my week doing Council work.  When I started in 1983 it was probably about 12-15 hours a month.

Another thing to remember is that the Waimakariri District now has 11 councillors, including the mayor.  In the 1980s there were probably 35-40 in the various authorities in what is now the District.  Rangiora Borough Council alone had 10, including the mayor. 

And yes, we have just had an increase.  When I find out how much extra I’ll be getting (I’ve already sent in an enquiry), I’ll be donating the year’s increase to the Dudley Park Aquatic Centre fundraising committee.  That’ll mean ratepayers will have to fund that much less.

A Week in the Life …

26 October 2008

Last week in a councillor’s life:

Monday evening: Southbrook Sports Club

Tuesday morning: briefing for Resource Management & Regulation Committee.

Tuesday afternoon: meetings and briefings for Community & Recreation and Utilities & Roading Committees.

Wednesday afternoon: joint meeting of Waimakariri District Council and Environment Canterbury in Christchurch.

Thursday afternoon: Community Housing Working Party.

Thursday evening: meeting with interested groups and high schools regarding performance facilities and the Rangiora Town Hall.

Friday morning: Financial Review Working Party.

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