Magazine article New Zealand Management

Top 200 : Designworks Visionary Leader Tim Shadbolt -- Bold and Different

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Top 200 : Designworks Visionary Leader Tim Shadbolt -- Bold and Different

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Bold and different -- two words that sum up the Designworks 2008 Top 200 Visionary Leader.

This extraordinary and often controversial individual was born in Auckland in 1947. He was a foundation pupil and prefect at Rutherford High School.

He went to Auckland University from 1966 to 1970, majoring in history. But it was student activism rather than academic achievement that captivated him. He was prominent in the Progressive Youth Movement, opposed the Manapouri dam project, the war in Vietnam and a host of other issues.

He was arrested many times for his political protesting.

After university, he started his own concrete contracting business, managed the family orchard, wrote a controversial book entitled Bullshit and Jelly Beans and worked for various community and political causes.

Then he climbed into the political tent. He stood for mayor of Waitemata City in 1983 and won. He celebrated by towing his trusty concrete mixer behind the mayoral car. …

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