Mayor Tim joins Westie walk of fame

BY JARED MORGAN
Last updated 05:00 08/06/2010

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Tim Shadbolt is to be recognised for his role as mayor, albeit in a different city.

Mr Shadbolt's handprints will be immortalised on the Waitakere Walkway of Fame in September, marking his past role as mayor of the soon-to-be-part of Auckland's super-city.

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey said Mr Shadbolt and former All Black Inga Tuigamala were the latest two Westies to be recognised in the walkway.

"It is an extraordinarily proud moment for Waitakere to have two more of its finest join the distinguished walkway lineup," Mr Harvey said. "Both of them have left an indelible mark on the West. Now they are going down in our history alongside old friends, with Tim joining his cousin, author Maurice Shadbolt, and Inga his fellow All Black Michael Jones."

Mr Shadbolt served as Mayor of Waitemata City from 1983 to 1989, as Mayor of Invercargill he is in his fifth term in office. His career in mayoral robes is chronicled in his second autobiography A Mayor of Two Cities.

He and Tuigamala's mitts will be cast in concrete on September 25, joining a host of high-achieving Westies already included on the walkway outside the council's civic building.

Others already on the walkway are:

Fashion designer Karen Walker, musician Neil Finn, racing driver Paul Radisich, All Black legend Michael Jones, politician Jonathan Hunt, Chief Justice Sian Elias, businessman Tom Clark, community worker, sportswoman and teacher June Mariu, sportswoman Beatrice Faumuina, author Maurice Shadbolt, athletics great Roy Williams, community leader Graeme Douglas, long serving councillor Assid Corban and Maori Party leader Pita Sharples, All Black coach Graham Henry and neurosurgeon and lecturer Alan Barber.

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