PM grounded by Wellington fog

Fog at Wellington Airport has led to the cancellation of Prime Minister John Key's visit to Nelson.

Mr Key was to open the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology's (NMIT) new $7.9 million applied technology building this morning, and the Cawthron Institute's new envirotech wing this evening. He was also due to speak to a Grey Power meeting at Annesbrook Church this afternoon.

However, heavy fog that closed Wellington Airport last night and this morning forced the cancellation of the visit. Nelson MP Nick Smtih was also stranded by the closure.

The new three-storey NMIT building in Hardy St especially caters for the engineering and marine-based trades.

The institute still held a ceremony this morning to open the building with speeches from chief executive Tony Gray and its council chairman Ross Butler.

The Dominion Post