Jim Hopkins

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Jim Hopkins in 2009

Jim Hopkins (born 1946) is a New Zealand celebrity well known for his work in television, radio and theatre.

Biography[edit]

Hopkins was scriptwriter for Close to Home, presenter of Fast Forward, Don't Tell Me, The Inventors, Dateline Monday, a performer on The BNZ Festival Debates, and radio talkback host on Radio Pacific in Auckland and Radio Avon in Christchurch.

In August 1998, Hopkins released his first book, Blokes & Sheds,[1] which hit number one on the New Zealand sales list after only a week.[citation needed] The book profiles amateur inventors from across New Zealand. Hopkins followed it up with another book, Inventions from the Shed, in 1999,[2] and a 5-part film documentary series with the same name that featured inventors across Australia.[3]

Hopkins was elected as a councillor for the Waitaki District Council, based in Oamaru, in 2007, and became Deputy Mayor in 2010.[4] In July 2013 he announced his intention to stand for the mayoralty in the local body elections to be held later in the year.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hopkins, J., and Hopkins, J. R., (photographer) (1998). Blokes and sheds. HarperCollins. ISBN 1869502787. 
  2. ^ Jim Hopkins & Julie Riley (23 March 1999). Inventions from the Shed. HarperCollins New Zealand. ISBN 1869503236. 
  3. ^ Screen Australia. "Review". Inventions from the Shed (2004). Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Studholme, R. "Hopkins Waitaki deputy mayor," stuff.co.nz. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  5. ^ Bruce, D. "Hopkins enters race for mayoralty," Otago Daily Times, 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.