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.


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]


  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.