Mayor of Waimakariri

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The Mayor of Waimakariri is the head of the municipal government of Waimakariri District in New Zealand's South Island. The mayor is directly elected using a first-past-the-post electoral system. The current mayor is David Ayers.[1]


Waimakariri District was established as part of the 1989 local government reforms. It was formed from Rangiora District, Kaiapoi Borough, Oxford County, Eyre County (based on Ohoka) and part of Hurunui County - although Rangiora District and Eyre County had already amalgamated earlier that year.[2]

The first mayor, Trevor Inch, had been Mayor of Rangiora since 1986. He died shortly after resigning on health grounds in 1995.[2] He was succeeded by Janice Skurr, who was in office 1995–2001. Skurr died in 2008.[3] Former Member of Parliament Jim Gerard defeated Skurr in 2001 and was re-elected unopposed in 2004. In 2007 he was defeated by Ron Keating[4] who in turn was defeated by David Ayers three years later, in 2010.[5]

List of Mayors of Waimakariri[edit]

Waimakariri has had five mayors since its establishment in 1989.

Name Term
1 Trevor Inch 1989–1995
2 Janice Skurr 1995–2001
3 Jim Gerard 2001–2007
4 Ron Keating 2007–2010
5 David Ayers 2010–present


  1. ^ "Profile - Mayor David Ayers". Waimakariri District Council. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Mayors of Rangiora Borough" (PDF). Waimakariri Library. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Ayers, David. "Archive for September, 2008". David Ayers' Weblog. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Waimakariri District Mayor". Elections NZ. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "David Ayers". Elections NZ. Retrieved 4 January 2011.