Prime Minister Bill English is on Tuesday scheduled to be the first leader of a main political party to face 2017 pre-election questions at a planned series of Nelson Grey Power-hosted events.

Nelson Grey Power treasurer George Truman said the public was welcome to attend the election meeting at Annesbrook Church from 2pm, where questions would be accepted from the floor.

Members of Nelson Grey Power had been asked to provide written questions, which the National Party leader was due to receive when he arrived. There would also be a “roving mic” for queries from the audience.

On Thursday, it would be the turn of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters from 3pm, followed by Jacinda Ardern, of the Labour Party, on September 13 from 10.30am. All meetings were scheduled to be held at Annesbrook Church on Saxton Rd West, Stoke.

Truman said Green Party co-leader James Shaw had also been invited to a meeting and was keen to attend but a date was still to be determined.

With 8000 members, Nelson Grey Power had the largest membership of all Grey Power associations in New Zealand, Truman said.

There would be a gold coin collection at the door.

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