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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!

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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 davidayers.wordpress.com 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.

Hello Waimakariri!

26 August 2007
Welcome to davidayers.wordpress.com . This is a blog for people interested in the Waimakariri District, New Zealand.

While it is currently related to my candidacy for the Council (Rangiora Ward), if successful in the coming elections I am considering keeping it going.

This is my first attempt at setting up a blog, so I am on something of a voyage of discovery.

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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.

I have been involved in education all my working life. After retiring as Deputy Principal of Rangiora High School in 2005, I have worked as a teacher adviser for the University of Canterbury.  Currently this is part-time and if elected, I will not seek work there in 2008.

For the past six years I have chaired the Council’s Rangiora Ward Advisory Board.

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.

I believe Rangiora and the Waimakariri is a great place to live.  I love its sense of community, its diversity and its productivity.  If elected, I will work, as I have done in the past, to make it an even better place.  I want to build on the start made by my pioneering ancestors who arrived in Woodend in 1858-1860.

As in everything in life, there has to be a balance.  We live in a democracy, and part of that involves people saying what they want and are able or prepared to pay for.  Assets have to be maintained and, if affordable, enhanced.  This applies to roads and drains, to parks and halls and to the whole range of infrastructure for which the Council is responsible.  Whatever is done has to be sustainable, both financially and environmentally.

We also have to acknowledge that in these early years of the 21st Century, people expect a reasonable standard of amenity, a clean environment and a local economy that is encouraging to business.  Councils can assist through sound planning, sensible regulation and careful maintenance and development of infrastructure.  They can also help provide the democratic environment that enables the community as a whole decide where it wants to go.

 I have little patience with the parochialism that bedevils some public discussion here.  As far as I am concerned, the fact that I live in Rangiora is irrelevent.  I could quite happily live in any other part of the District.  To me, the important question is always: is this good for the Waimakariri District?  As a councillor I will, if elected, be a Waimakariri councillor, not a parochial Rangiora one.

Finally, I would like to thank people for the huge number of supportive comments I have received since I announced my candidacy.

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


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