In February this year, National picked Simon Bridges for the role of party leader.
First elected to Parliament in 2008, Simon Joseph Bridges, 41, is the MP for Tauranga.
He is also the National party’s first Maori leader.
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Mr Bridges sat down with RadioLIVE’s Trudi Nelson to share his career story so far.
Before starting his political career, Mr Bridges worked as a litigation lawyer and a senior Crown prosecutor in the District and High Courts.
Mr Bridges lives in the Tauranga suburb of Matua with his wife Natalie, who he met at Oxford University, and their three children.
He told RadioLIVE that a career in politics was something he wanted from an early age.
“I don’t want to sound like a weirdo - everyone has their gift and their talents. I was turned on by politics early.”
Discussing the party’s conference last month, Mr Bridges said: “Oppositions work when they’re united, when they’ve got energy and they’re doing the hard yards.”
Reflecting on the more than 100 public meetings with Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters, Mr Bridges says it’s sharpened him up a bit.
In response to recent news of business confidence declining, Mr Bridges believes it’s having an effect on New Zealand causing it to be at a cross roads.
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He says if you haven’t got a good economy, you haven’t got anything else.
Listen to the interview with Simon Bridges above.
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