Sir Tim Shadbolt
Shadbolt in 2019
|42nd Mayor of Invercargill|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||David Harrington|
|Preceded by||Eve Poole|
|Succeeded by||David Harrington|
|35th Mayor of Waitemata City|
|Preceded by||Tony Covic|
|Born||19 February 1947|
Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
|Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis (late 1990s) |
New Zealand First (mid 1990s)
|Spouse(s)||first marriage (one son)|
Miriam Cameron (two sons, divorced)
|Domestic partner||Asha Dutt|
Activist: 1960s and 1970s
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, 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–present
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") behind the mayoral Daimler in the 1983 Henderson Christmas parade. 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 Corban. During his term as mayor he became infamous by twice losing the mayoral chains.
He stood in the electorate of West Auckland (which incorporated Waitemata) at the 1990 New Zealand general election as an independent. He placed fifth with 3.06 per cent of the vote. Later that year, he unsuccessfully stood in a by-election for Mayor of Auckland City, polling a distant eighth place. Two years later he stood again for Mayor of Auckland City, where he finished third place with a slightly increased share of the vote. Later that year, he stood in the Wellington Central by-election as an independent candidate, polling less than half a percentage point.
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 Invercargill. He was defeated in 1995. In the 1996 general election he stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.
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 accessible. (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 votes). The 2010 election win made Shadbolt the longest-serving mayor in New Zealand, with this being his 8th mayoral term (his 6th term in Invercargill). 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." 
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 later.
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 mayoralties. He admitted later that the phrase was developed by an advertising agency.
In 2005, New Zealand Toastmasters awarded him the Communicator of the Year award. 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 community.
He also participated in the New Zealand version of Dancing with the Stars where he placed 3rd. 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 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 history. Shadbolt later said he would have liked to keep going. The record was broken in 2013 by Norwegian novelist Hans Olav Lahlum.
- Meng-Yee, Carolyne (17 June 2012). "Shadbolt a dad again at 65". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Cook, Stephen (12 November 2006). "Shadbolt bashed me, says ex-wife". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- McNeilly, Hamish (4 October 2008). "Tinny Tim". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
"Karl Marx and Daimler receive rousing reception". Western Leader. 1 December 1983. p. 1. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
Description: Tim Shadbolt drove the Waitemata City mayoral Daimler towing his concrete mixer named 'Karl Marx' in the 1983 Henderson Christmas Parade.
- "Designworks Visionary Leader – Tim Shadbolt" (PDF). January 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
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Bidois, Ngahi (17 August 2011). "Ngahi Bidois: Lessons from Tim Shadbolt". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
[...] my recollections of him were his 'incident' where he towed the concrete mixer with the mayoral car [...]
- Bob Harvey (29 September 2010). "Report of the Mayor" (PDF). Waitakere City Council. p. 4. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
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- Part 1: Votes recorded at each polling place (Technical report). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 1990.
- Graham, Jill (10 December 1990). "Mayor on the road back to basics". The New Zealand Herald. p. 1.
- "Where the votes went in the local polls". The New Zealand Herald. 12 October 1992. p. 8.
- "By-election Special". The Evening Post. 14 December 1992. pp. 23–24.
- "December 2002 and January 2003". Bites. DPA. 2003. Archived from the original on 11 April 2003. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Tim Shadbolt wins sixth term". Invercargill City Council. 9 October 2010. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Tim Shadbolt earns mayoral record". ONE News/NewsTalk ZB. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
- "Shadbolt claims he bedded Kedgley". Television New Zealand. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
- Meng-Yee, Carolyne (17 June 2012). "Shadbolt a dad again at 65". The New Zealand Herald.
- Roy, Heather (8 October 2010). "Heather Roy's Diary : Local Body Elections". ACT Party. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Tim a little red-faced after Weakest Link blue[permanent dead link] (subscription required)
- Crayton-Brown, Kimberley (25 February 2011). "Comedians 'riff' about all things Kiwi". The Southland Times. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- "Invercargill's mayor sets world record". Yahoo! New Zealand. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Record-holder Shadbolt wanted to keep going". 3 News NZ. 29 April 2012.
- "Norway crime novelist talks his way to live interview record". Reuters. 23 May 2013.
- 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.
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- Tim Shadbolt on IMDb
- Shadbolt with two of his books: A Mayor of Two Cities and Bullshit & Jellybeans
| Mayor of Waitemata City
| Mayor of Invercargill
|Awards and achievements|
| Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) third place contestant
Season 1 (2005 with Rebecca Nicholson)
Danyon Loader & Hayley Holt