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Janice was also involved in many other Oxford societies, including Plunket, Country Girls’ Club, the A & P Association and the Oxford Hospital.[Kaiapoi Advocate 20.9.2008, and David Ayers’ Weblog 2.8.2011]
Janice died in 2008.
As a farmer he had been involved in Federated Farmers. He also served on the Lincoln University Board, the Canterbury Business Board, and had been an Oxford County Councillor.
After losing the Mayoralty to Ron Keating at the 2007 election, he played a major part in the campaign to build the new swimming pool at Dudley Park Rangiora. As Chairman of the Waimakariri Covered Pool Committee he led a very successful fundraising campaign.
After graduating from Lincoln University with a degree in agricultural science, he worked for three years at the North Canterbury Catchment Board, the forerunner of Environment Canterbury. He then set up a consultancy, specialising initially in agricultural management before moving into land use and resource management.
Keating spent many years working with the mining industry in New Zealand and overseas on land rehabilitation, travelling to study the environmental impact of mining and other industrial activities.
Mr Keating had recently retired, and the idea of running for council or mayor never entered his head. However, he did not think any mayor should be re-elected unopposed and so tried to talk a number of people into standing. For various reasons they declined but instead asked him to stand. [`Humble winner’ by Geoff Mein, Northern Outlook 20.10.2007]
He was defeated by David Ayers at the 2010 election.
He has a long history of public service in the region through such organisations as Rotary, Community Watch, Ashley Rivercare, North Canterbury Radio Trust and the Waimakariri Arts Council.