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Tim Shadbolt earns mayoral record

Published: 4:32PM Saturday October 09, 2010 Source: ONE News/NewsTalk ZB

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Tim Shadbolt has won the mayor race again in Invercargill, making him New Zealand's longest-serving mayor.

It will be Shadbolt's 8th term as a mayor and the 6th in Invercargill.

He beat off challenges from singer Suzanne Prentice and supermarket worker Carl Heenan.

Shadbolt scored 16,275 votes, overwhelming Prentice with 5311. 

But Prentice is unperturbed. She says she stood to give the people of Invercargill a choice. She says she has thoroughly enjoyed the campaign and learnt a lot about the city, its people and herself.

Prentice says she will be more gutted if the Southland Stags lose the Ranfurly Shield tonight against Canterbury.

That match kicks of at 7.30pm at Rugby Park in Southland.

Shadbolt is just as enthusiastic about game tonight, saying he will be wasting no time getting on with the mayoral job.

"It's the Ranfurly Shield defence so I'll be leading the march, holding the shield. My work will be beginning in the next couple of hours," he says.