Steven Joyce is the fifth MP to put his name forward to lead the National Party, joining Amy Adams, Simon Bridges, Judith Collins and Mark Mitchell in the battle for the top job.
Bill English will step down as Opposition Leader in a week as the leadership vote among the party's 56 MPs takes place.
Mr Joyce called in to The AM Show to tell New Zealanders why he thinks he has what it takes to lead the National Party.
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"I’ve actually had a lot of people, both inside and outside the caucus, step up and encourage me to do so," he told The AM Show.
The former Finance Minister said that he would be a strong National leader because of his experience, “strong track record” of delivering results and “the ability to bring the team together”.
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“I’ve been lucky enough to see New Zealand’s great potential,” Mr Joyce said.
"I believe I have the skills not just lead the caucus, but to lead the country positively," he said. "We have such an amazing future in this country, if we get it right."
Watch the full interview with Steven Joyce above.
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