15 Jul 2020

Judith Collins takes over National Party leadership

From Morning Report, 7:09 am on 15 July 2020

The National Party has a new leader.

For years Judith Collins has had her eye on the top prize and it took a complete leadership meltdown just 10 weeks out from an election for her National Party colleagues to give her what she's always wanted.

She had been labelled the nuclear option - not hugely liked within her own caucus but loved by the party base.

The shock resignation of Todd Muller after just 53 days in the job saw the party push the big red button.

RNZ political reporter Jo Moir was at Parliament as it unfolded.