Mayor takes grandstanding to new level

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2013
Tim Shadbolt stand
JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has had a stand named after him in Stadium Southland.

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After 21 years at the helm of Invercargill, Tim Shadbolt has finally had something in the city named after him.

It was announced yesterday that the north stand of Southland Stadium would be named the Tim Shadbolt Stand.

The Invercargill Mayor said he was rapt with the announcement and it was the first city facility named after him.

"I am very honoured to be in the company of Ray Harper."

The east stand is named after Mr Harper, who was the driving force behind the building of the first stadium.

Mr Shadbolt said the new stadium was world class and fantastic for the local community.

Having a stand named after him was a reflection of the backing the city council had given the project. He was pleased the local body was being recognised, he said.

"I haven't quite reached the dizzying heights of [former councillor] Geoff Piercy with a great big concrete boat and a park named after me."

The Invercargill City Council contributed $2 million to the rebuild of the stadium.

Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust chairman Acton Smith said Mr Shadbolt was a standout candidate for the position.

He had contributed a lot to the community and his years of service were of a lot of benefit to the community.

"We felt it would be a great thing to do for Mayor Tim, he has been a real supporter for the stadium from the beginning."

Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said the construction of the stadium was progressing well and he was confident that it would be ready for the Christmas Variety Concert being held on December 20.

However, only part of the stadium would be completed, with the remaining finishing touches to be done in the New Year.

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