27 Feb 2018

National's new leader: What the public are saying

1:40 pm on 27 February 2018

People are taking to social media to have their say on the new National Party leader Simon Bridges.

New National Party leader Simon Bridges

New National Party leader Simon Bridges Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

He beat four other contenders, Amy Adams, Mark Mitchell, Steven Joyce and Judith Collins in a secret ballot.

Paula Bennett will remain the party's deputy leader.

Simon Bridges, 41, is the MP for Tauranga and was first elected to Parliament in 2008.

He is the first Māori leader of the National Party.

Many on social media are questioning whether he is the right person to take on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Another member of the public said the new leader turned him off the National Party.

Others are more positive and have congratulated the new leader.