National's new leader talks new role

Drive 27/02/2018

National has a new leader - Simon Bridges.

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

He is the first Maori leader of the National Party.

Coming as something of a surprise, Paula Bennett will keep her current role and stay as the Deputy Leader.

Simon Bridges joined Stephen McIvor on RadioLIVE Drive to talk about his new role.

Mr Bridges says it's an "exciting opportunity for National".

I feel very privileged to be the 12th leader and the first Maori leader of a major political party.

In his first speech as leader, Mr Bridges talked about how he feels empowered by high education.

He explained to Stephen McIvor that without a good education he wouldn't be where he is today.

Listen to the full interview with Simon Bridges above.

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