Trevor Mallard was in the wars at the weekend - Stuff reports:
Labour MP Trevor Mallard has suffered serious injuries in a bike crash.
During Cycling Otago's third annual R&R sport tour on Saturday, Hutt South MP Mr Mallard broke his right femur and right shoulder blade on the Taieri Plains when he accidentally touched wheels with two fellow competitors near Henley.
"We were going over 40 kilometres [an hour] at the time," he said. "Three of us went down. The other two were fine. I broke my right femur up near the hip and also broke my scapula. I bounced along on my right side."
The accident happened on the first of five stages in a two-day event.
Mr Mallard, 56, Labour's Rugby World Cup spokesman, was in Dunedin to discuss World Cup prospects with organisers today and to meet up with the party's Dunedin North candidate for this year's general election, David Clark.
Mr Mallard, a keen recreational cyclist, was operated on in Dunedin Hospital on Saturday afternoon. A plate and and screws were inserted below the hip to knit his broken femur together.
He said yesterday he was waiting for his surgeon to advise when he might be allowed to fly back to Wellington. "I'm not very good at taking advice but I'll be listening to the doctor."
We wish Trevor a speedy recovery. He's not our favourite politician by any stretch of the imagination, but his absence from Parliament will give Lockwood Smith some breathing space, given Mallard's self-confessed difficulty in taking kindly advice from Mr Speaker!
We're sure to that an enforced period of rest will give Mallard plenty of time to blog on Red Alert, which might be a good thing, or going by some of his less temperate offerings of late, might not! We're sure though that he will express a view on the state of the public health system!
Get well soon Trevor.