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What Auckland Is Doing Wrong & Southland Right

Friday June 6 2003


What Auckland is doing wrong and Southland are doing right will form the basis of an address by well known Mayor Tim Shadbolt at the up coming New Zealand Property Institute's conference being held at the Hyatt Hotel, Auckland, on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th July 2003.

New Zealand Property Institute CEO, Conor English said today, "Auckland has challenges that it needs to address. It wants many outside of Auckland to contribute towards solutions. Southland has also had many challenges, which it has attempted to address.

"Tim Shadbolt has been everywhere. He has been Mayor in both cities and has done a range of things in between!! He has experience in both metropolitan and provincial New Zealand. Based on the success in Southland, Tim will give his insights and views on what Auckland can learn from provincial New Zealand and what it needs to do to get itself sorted out.

Tim Shadbolt said today from his Chambers in Invercargill, "There are some simple solutions for Auckland, if only they were united and innovative with a Mayor Robbie protege at the helm".

"This will be another excellent conference session which will give highly relevant insights into the difference between metropolitan and rural New Zealand's needs and property issues. We expect that serious property people will not want to miss it," Mr English concluded. continued over…..

Contact: Conor English, CEO, New Zealand Property Institute, Phone 04 384 7094

Proud sponsors include: Aon Insurance, AMP Henderson, Bayleys Real Estate; Beca Valuations; CB Richard Ellis; Datacom Employer Services; DTZ New Zealand Ltd; Headway Systems Limited; Jones Lang LaSalle; Opus International; Vision Computers; Stack; Lincoln University, AGM; Maltbys

Profile of His Worship Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Invercargill

Timothy Richard Shadbolt was born 19 February 1947 in Remuera, Auckland.

Tim's father was a schoolteacher and a pilot in the Free Air Arm and the family moved to England during the Korean War. Mr Shadbolt Snr was killed on a training flight in 1952. Mrs Shadbolt was Dutch, prompting the family to live in Holland for a year after Mr Shadbolt Snr's death. They then moved back to Shadbolt Farm, (now Shadbolt Park) in New Lynn, West Auckland.

Tim was educated in England, Holland, New Lynn Primary, Blockhouse Bay Primary, Glenavon Primary, Avondale Intermediate and Rutherford High. At High School he was elected on to the School Council and made a prefect.

In 1966 Tim attended Auckland University but spent 1967 working on the Manapouri Power Project in Southland. In 1968 he returned to university where he was elected to the student executive, became Editor of Craccum and was made a life member of the Auckland University Students Association, for services to students.

Tim left university in 1970 to found a commune and a concrete co-operative at Huia (Waitakere Ranges).

In 1975 he moved to suburbia and by 1983, with three children, had been elected onto the Konini School Committee and Glen Eden Intermediate School Committee. He was later elected Mayor of Waitemata city and Te Atatu's representative on the Auckland Regional Authority.

The Auckland Regional Authority and Waitemata City were abolished in 1989 as a result of restructuring when New Zealand's 800 local authorities were reduced to 80.

Tim lost his position to the Mayor of Henderson, Assid Corban and went to work on a dairy farm. He was then invited by friends from Manapouri to run for Mayor of Invercargill. Tim won the mayoralty and served from 1993-1996. He served a second term from 1995-2001 and was re-elected unopposed for a third term in 2001.

>From his days as editor of the High School magazine, Tim has enjoyed writing. He was a columnist for The Sunday News for three years and on several other newspapers for 15 years. He has also written a best-selling autobiography (Bullshit and Jellybeans) and several other booklets.

Tim has fronted several television documentaries and a series called 'That's Fairly Interesting' produced by Neil Roberts. He has also fronted promotional campaigns for Mitre 10, Anchor Products and Kiwi Music.

Since the late 1960s when he was arrested 33 times for radical student activities, Tim has been a household name in New Zealand. Sometimes he has been a hero, sometimes an anti-hero but for one reason or another he is always in the public arena.

He says during the last nine years in Invercargill the highlights have been to build an international airport, an aquatic centre, a zero-fee educational programme and numerous promotional campaigns.


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