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Community service ... Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon presented 13 recipients with awards last week, including former mayor and mayoress David and Marilyn Ayers. Photo: Supplied

David and Marilyn Ayers were among the recipients at last week’s Waimakariri District Council community service awards.

Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon introduced the “Mayor’s Award”, with Mr Ayers being one of the first recipients in recognition of his 36 years in local government, including nine as mayor.

Mrs Ayers received a community service award in recognition of her work as mayoress, her involvement in Community Watch, fundraising for Dudley Pool, with the Rangiora and Districts Early Records Society, the Methodist Church and Rangiora Rotary.

The other recipients of the Mayor’s Award were Gary Boot and Brian Hoult.

Mr Boot provided 18 years of service to the council as utilities manager from 2002 and project delivery manager after the quakes, overseeing the infrastructure recovery work in Kaiapoi.

Mr Hoult has served on the Community Arts Council since 1988, and was central in setting up the Waimakariri Art Collection Trust in 1995 and art exhibitions in the Chamber Gallery since 1997.

Nine others received community service awards:

Bob Balanos has been an advocate for migrants since his arrival in 2006 and has worked with organisations such as DairyNZ to help improve relationships between migrants and employers.

Liz Duke has been active in North Canterbury Riding for the Disabled for 12 years.

Since moving to Rangiora in 2001, Clay Griffin has helped protect properties from flooding and has assisted the council’s Civil Defence team in flood events and with organising training.

Judith Hoult, a former Rangiora-Ashley Community Board member, has assisted organisations with grant funding applications, and has supported the arts and heritage buildings.

Nick Ledgard has spent more than 20 years caring for braided-river birds. He chairs the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group and is an expert on trees, being actively involved in wilding pine control.

Tim Reynolds established the Kaiapoi Civil Defence Rescue Team in 1995, a predecessor of the NZRT-12. He joined the Kaiapoi Volunteer Fire Brigade in 2000, has been chief fire officer since 2015, and is deputy principal fire officer for the North Canterbury and Christchurch-Selwyn rural areas.

Glenn Scott has been active in the Northern Bulldogs Rugby League Club for many years.

For more than 35 years, Armin Svoboda has been with the Cure Boating Club.

John Ward has been a member of the Rangiora New Life Fellowship Trust since 1995 and he and wife, Dorothy, provided monthly church services at Rolleston Prison’s Kia Marama special treatment unit and in rest homes from 2000 to 2019.