14 Sep 2020

The Elevator Pitch: 'We believe in people' - Judith Collins

7:40 am on 14 September 2020

In the first of a five-part series, The Elevator Pitch, RNZ reporter Charlotte Cook talks to National leader Judith Collins, who shares the party's bottom line policy and why she thinks her party deserves your vote.

This series is exactly as its name suggests - perfect for those, with a light appetite for politics, or just a short attention span.

In this episode Judith Collins had the length of the elevator ride - in an actual moving elevator - to pitch the strengths of her party, as it bids to make it to the ninth floor.

While travelling up and down in the black and white tiled lift in Parliament Buildings, she said in this election, the focus was people, and that's what sets them apart from the competition.

"We believe in people, more than we believe in big government.

"It's the people we should be there for, not the other way around."

Collins also reveals her cartoon crush and who she would like to bring over to the National Party given the chance - the answer might surprise you.

"I like that she's got challenging ideas, many of which I don't agree with, but I like to have people round me who don't necessarily agree with every single thing I say."

- The Elevator Pitch is a five-part series where leaders of the main parties pitch why someone should vote for them in the time it takes to ride the elevator.