Tim Shadbolt Biography – Tim Shadbolt Wiki
Tim Shadbolt (Sir Timothy Richard Shadbolt) is a New Zealand politician. He is the Mayor of Invercargill and was previously Mayor of Waitemata City. He 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 organization, and was arrested 33 times during political protests, most famously for using the word “bullshit”; this incident influenced the title of his 1971 autobiography Bullshit & Jellybeans. After 1970, he founded a commune and concrete cooperative at Huia.
He 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 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 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 at the 1990 New Zealand general election as an independent. He placed fifth with 3.06 percent 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 and also for Mayor of Dunedin, where he finished third place in both elections but performed marginally better in Dunedin. Later that year, he stood in the Wellington Central by-election as an independent candidate, polling less than half a percentage point.
In 1993, Shadbolt 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, Shadbolt 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 centered on ‘Freebie the Bus’ traveling the ‘Purple Circle'”. He said he hoped that in the future all buses in Invercargill would be free and accessible.
In 2004 and 2007, he won his fourth and fifth mayoral terms by huge margins. In 2010, he won his sixth Invercargill mayoral election. He received 16,466 votes over mayoral candidates Suzanne Prentice (5,361 votes) and Carl Heenan (682 votes). 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 councilor who had also been an investigative journalist, so it was pretty tough opposition.” He was returned for another term in 2019. In November 2020 however an independent review of the Invercargill City Council commissioned by the Department of Internal Affairs raised concerns about the council’s performance and in particular said mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt is “struggling to fulfill significant aspects of his job”, and as a result, there is a leadership void at the council. Shadbolt has rubbished the report, saying it is flawed and he has been singled out as a scapegoat. Tim Shadbolt is New Zealand’s second-longest-serving mayor, after George Perry who was mayor of Hokitika for 31 years.
He was hospitalized for two weeks in April 2006 after rolling the mayoral car near Winton while returning from a work trip to Queenstown. He suffered three broken vertebrae, a bruised lung, and damage to his kidneys. His two passengers were uninjured. He was charged with careless driving and could have faced a maximum fine of $3000, however, he was instead discharged and ordered to pay $300 each to St John New Zealand and the Winton volunteer fire brigade. He was knighted in the 2019 New Year Honours List as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM).
Tim Shadbolt Age
He was born on February 19, 1947 in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
Tim Shadbolt Wife
He has been married twice. He married and split with his first wife and then met his second wife, Miriam Cameron, in 1970. They have two sons. Cameron left Shadbolt in 1989 after alleged repeated domestic violence. They divorced three years later. Shadbolt’s current partner is lawyer Asha Dutt.
Tim Shadbolt Parents
His father died in a flying accident in 1952.
Tim Shadbolt Children
He has four children. He has one son from an early marriage. Two sons from his second marriage and one son with his current partner lawyer Asha Dutt.