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Tim Shadbolt

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Timothy Richard "Tim" Shadbolt born 19 February 1947 is a New Zealand politician He is the Mayor of Invercargill and was previously Mayor of Waitemata City


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Activist: 1960s and 1970s
  • 3 Local politician: 1980s–present
    • 31 Waitemata
    • 32 Invercargill
  • 4 Outside politics
    • 41 Family
    • 42 Notable activities
  • 5 References
  • 6 Further reading
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Shadbolt was born in the Auckland suburb of Remuera in 1947 His father died in a flying accident in 1952 He was on the school council and appointed prefect2

Activist: 1960s and 1970sedit

Shadbolt became a founding student of Rutherford College, Auckland, and attended The University of Auckland from 1966 to 1970, taking a year off in 1967 to work on the Manapouri Power Project in Southland He was a member of the Auckland University Students Association executive, and editor of Craccum in 1972 During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he became prominent in the Progressive Youth Movement, a radical left-wing organisation, and was arrested 33 times during political protests,3 most famously for using the word "bullshit"; this incident influenced the title of his autobiography

After 1970, he founded a commune and concrete cooperative at Huia He wrote an autobiography, Bullshit & Jellybeans

Local politician: 1980s–presentedit


Shadbolt claims he stood for Mayor of Waitemata City in 1983 because he did not want to see the incumbent Tony Covic re-elected unopposed He won the election He famously celebrated, much to some people's disgust, by towing his concrete mixer named "Karl Marx"4 behind the mayoral Daimler in the 1983 Henderson Christmas parade56 He won again in 1986 heading a political ticket called "Tim's Team", but in 1989 lost the following mayoral election in the newly formed Waitakere city an enlarged Waitemata city to Assid Corban7 During his term as mayor he became infamous by twice losing the mayoral chains8


In 1993, he ran successfully for the position of Mayor of Invercargill In 1994, he contested the Selwyn by-election as a candidate for New Zealand First, but was placed fourth, and remained Mayor of Invercargill3 He was defeated in 1995 In the 1996 general election he stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party3

In 1998 he was re-elected to the mayoralty and has remained the mayor ever since In 2001 he was re-elected unopposed

In October 2002 Shadbolt told a conference of New Zealand's Disabled Persons Assembly that Invercargill had "an innovative approach to public transport, currently centred on 'Freebie the Bus' travelling the 'Purple Circle'" He said he hoped that in future all buses in Invercargill would be free and accessible9 The Freebie and Purple Circle are zero-fare bus routes in Invercargill

In 2004 and 2007, he won his fourth and fifth mayoral terms by huge margins In 2010, he won his sixth Invercargill mayoral election Shadbolt received 16,466 votes over mayoral candidates Suzanne Prentice 5,361 votes and Carl Heenan 682 votes10 The 2010 election win made Shadbolt the longest-serving mayor in New Zealand, with this being his 8th mayoral term his 6th term in Invercargill11 On 8 October 2016 he again won re-election as Invercargill's mayor He said this was his toughest campaign yet “I’ve had two candidates both going flat-out and it was a tough election,” he said “In the past I’ve had either no contenders, but this time I had a television producer and a sitting councillor who had also been an investigative journalist, so it was pretty tough opposition" 12

Outside politicsedit


Shadbolt has one son from an early marriage He met his second wife, Miriam Cameron, in 1970 There are two sons from this marriage Cameron left Shadbolt in 1989 after alleged repeated domestic violence They divorced three years later213

Shadbolt's current partner is lawyer Asha Dutt and they have one child814

Notable activitiesedit

He has presented several television documentaries, and the series That's Fairly Interesting

In the 1990s he appeared in an advertisement promoting New Zealand cheese, where he humorously repeated the phrase "I don't care where as long as I'm mayor", referencing his dual mayoralties15 He admitted later that the phrase was developed by an advertising agency8

In 2001, he appeared as a contestant on a celebrity special of The Weakest Link16

In 2005, New Zealand Toastmasters awarded him the Communicator of the Year award2 He also played in the movie The World's Fastest Indian, portraying a good friend of Burt Munro who organised social events for Invercargill's motorcycling community2

He also participated in the New Zealand version of Dancing with the Stars where he placed 3rd8 In 2006 Shadbolt played the part of the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show by the Invercargill Musical Theatre He continued his theatre experiences by appearing in 2007 in the Invercargill Musical Theatres production of Sea Cruise

In 2010, Shadbolt appeared on the comedy gameshow 7 Days as the guest participant in the round Yes, Minister17

In 2012, Shadbolt set the Guinness World Record for the longest television interview He was interviewed for 26 consecutive hours by interviewer Tom Conroy In doing so the pair also set the record for the longest single event in New Zealand television history18 Shadbolt later said he would have liked to keep going19 The record was broken in 2013 by Norwegian novelist Hans Olav Lahlum20


  1. ^ Meng-Yee, Carolyne 17 June 2012 "Shadbolt a dad again at 65" The New Zealand Herald Retrieved 17 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d Cook, Stephen 12 November 2006 "Shadbolt bashed me, says ex-wife" New Zealand Herald Retrieved 19 October 2010 
  3. ^ a b c McNeilly, Hamish 4 October 2008 "Tinny Tim" The New Zealand Herald Retrieved 16 June 2010 
  4. ^ "Karl Marx and Daimler receive rousing reception" Western Leader 1983-12-01 p 1 Retrieved 2013-12-27 Description: Tim Shadbolt drove the Waitemata City mayoral Daimler towing his concrete mixer named 'Karl Marx' in the 1983 Henderson Christmas Parade 
  5. ^ "Designworks Visionary Leader - Tim Shadbolt" PDF January 2008 Retrieved 2013-12-27 He stood for mayor of Waitemata City in 1983 and won He celebrated by towing his trusty concrete mixer behind the mayoral car 
  6. ^ Bidois, Ngahi 17 August 2011 "Ngahi Bidois: Lessons from Tim Shadbolt" Rotorua Daily Post Retrieved 2013-12-27 my recollections of him were his 'incident' where he towed the concrete mixer with the mayoral car  
  7. ^ Bob Harvey 29 September 2010 "Report of the Mayor" PDF Waitakere City Council p 4 Retrieved 9 October 2010 
  8. ^ a b c d McNeilly, Hamish 4 October 2008 "Tinny Tim" New Zealand Herald Retrieved 19 October 2010 
  9. ^ "December 2002 and January 2003" Bites DPA 2003 
  10. ^ "Tim Shadbolt wins sixth term" Invercargill City Council 9 October 2010 
  11. ^ "Tim Shadbolt earns mayoral record" ONE News/NewsTalk ZB 9 October 2010 Retrieved 23 October 2010 
  12. ^ http://wwwnzheraldconz/nz/news/articlecfmc_id=1&objectid=11725078
  13. ^ "Shadbolt claims he bedded Kedgley" Television New Zealand 5 October 2008 Retrieved 12 November 2009 
  14. ^ Meng-Yee, Carolyne 17 June 2012 "Shadbolt a dad again at 65" The New Zealand Herald 
  15. ^ Roy, Heather 8 Oct 2010 "Heather Roy's Diary : Local Body Elections" ACT Party Retrieved 19 October 2010 
  16. ^ Tim a little red-faced after Weakest Link blue subscription required
  17. ^ Crayton-Brown, Kimberley 25 February 2011 "Comedians 'riff' about all things Kiwi" The Southland Times Retrieved 22 November 2011 
  18. ^ "Invercargill's mayor sets world record" Yahoo! New Zealand Retrieved 2012-04-29 
  19. ^ "Record-holder Shadbolt wanted to keep going" 3 News NZ 29 April 2012 
  20. ^ "Norway crime novelist talks his way to live interview record" Reuters 23 May 2013 

Further readingedit

  • Shadbolt, Tim 1971 Bullshit & Jellybeans A Taylor p 202 
  • Shadbolt, Tim 1980 Concrete Concrete Republican Press p 20 
  • Shadbolt, Tim 2008 A Mayor of Two Cities Hodder Moa p 238 ISBN 978-1-86971-100-9 

External linksedit

  • Tim Shadbolt at the Internet Movie Database
  • Shadbolt with two of his books: A Mayor of Two Cities and Bullshit & Jellybeans
Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Covic
Mayor of Waitemata City
Office abolished
Preceded by
Eve Poole
Mayor of Invercargill
Succeeded by
David Harrington
Preceded by
David Harrington
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Show started
Dancing with the Stars New Zealand third place contestant
Season 1 2005 with Rebecca Nicholson
Succeeded by
Danyon Loader & Hayley Holt

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