Mayoral Update - An Anniversary to Commemorate

4 Sept 2020

Today marks 10 years since we were all rudely awakened with a major earthquake that significantly changed Kaiapoi, Pines Beach and Kairaki as well as the wider District forever.

This was a defining moment in our history and the impact of this event has been felt ever since – and not just with aftershocks.

Much has happened in those 10 years and I am particularly proud of the way our community rallied together and helped rebuild. Looking at where we are today I think it’s worth reflecting on the fact our recovery is testimony to the spirit and strength of you all.

The Council had a role to play in rebuilding and I’m also proud to have been part of the team led by David Ayers (as then Mayor) and the Chief Exec Jim Palmer who provided strong direction for recovery that focused on people and put community first.

They were supported by a united Council who came together to identify and deliver on solutions that would provide new facilities and upgrades - not only in Kaiapoi but across the District. We spoke to the community in depth and developed a plan that reflected what the community wanted.

Since then we’ve been working hard to rebuild our town centres, support businesses to recover and attract investment. We’ve also been delivering on the outcomes in the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan.

This includes building new facilities like parks and reserves, walking and cycling tracks, a BMX track, Dog Park, restoring a lowland forest as well as allocating mixed use business areas and the infrastructure that services them all. If you haven’t visited the Regeneration land in Kaiapoi recently I would encourage you to do so. It’s outstanding the progress that has been made here.

And work still continues with projects like softball courts, mahinga kai areas to be developed and the shovel ready project to reduce the impact of flooding on urban and rural areas of Kaiapoi, to just name a few.

Unfortunately the event planned to commemorate this anniversary has been postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions and will now take place on Friday 25 September.

It will be a great community event and will give everyone an opportunity to see just how far the community has come in the last 10 years.

I’m sure on such an important milestone all residents will take a moment or two to reflect on our journey as a community and just how far we’ve come together.

Dan Gordon
Waimakariri District Council