New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is jetting down to Invercargill this morning to hold a "Save Tiwai" rally in the city.
Peters declared his intention to fight the closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter shortly after Rio Tinto announced it would close.
A schism within the coalition government has delayed the $100 million jobs package for Southland at the last moment, with New Zealand First instead pushing for a government buyout of the smelter to be explored as an option.
Will Peters convince locals?
Gary Tong is the Southland District mayor.