Labour Party parliamentary leader David Shearer has been given a daunting day out in Napier today for his first Hawke's Bay visit since taking over the job from Phil Goff nine months ago.
In an itinerary not available for public release last night, he is to make six stops in six hours, with workers and people in the street among his targets, before meeting with party supporters and friends for a social gathering in the evening.
Former Chief of Staff and former one-term Napier-based List MP Stuart Nash, expected to seek Labour's candidacy for Napier at the next election in 2014, realised last night the knees-up may have some competition with Hawke's Bay's challenge for the Ranfurly Shield on at the same time.
"Aw ****," he said. "But, there'll be a few TVs around."