New Zealand's second longest-serving mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt has been admitted to hospital in Invercargill.
His partner Asha Dutt confirmed to The Southland Tribune Shadbolt was currently staying at Calvary Hospital for short respite care.
"Tim has been admitted to Calvary for short respite care following a recent hospital stay. He is only receiving care there for a few days," Dutt told the outlet.
"Tim is otherwise well and dictating book anecdotes while he has some downtime."
Sir Tim is a high-profile New Zealand politician and activist who was awarded a Knights Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to local government and the community in 2018.
He was Invercargill's mayor for 24 years, losing the last local election to his former deputy Nobby Clark.