By ROBYN BRISTOW
Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers will retire from local government in October next year, ending three decades of service to his community.
He announced his retirement during the Easter break, saying he and his wife Marilyn, who were both in their early 70s, had reached a stage where they wanted to step back rather than commit to a further three years in the mayoral role.
“I am looking forward to the next 18 months, but it will then be time for someone else to take on the responsibilities.”
He 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 from 1995 to 2001, filling 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.
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.
“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.”