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Those in the running to be PM

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016



Bill English

Age: 54

Currently: Deputy PM, Minister of Finance

Former National Party leader who presided over its disastrous 2002 election result which saw him replaced by Don Brash. Has been deputy PM since 2008 and Finance Minister since then, delivering eight budgets and has been praised for his management of the economy in the wake of the GFC and the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes. He has been endorsed by outgoing PM John Key and has the backing of a number of senior cabinet ministers.

Jonathan Coleman

Age: 50

Currently: Minister of Health, Sport and Recreation

A former head prefect of Auckland Grammar, Dr Coleman entered parliament in 2005 after winning Northcote and became the first doctor in 70 years to take the health portfolio when he replaced Tony Ryall in 2014. Put his name forward after sounding out colleagues who wanted to see a contest for the leadership.

Judith Collins

Age: 57

Currrently: Minister of Police, Corrections

Back in the fold after time out of cabinet, "Crusher" fell from grace after her close relationship with WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater with her resigning her portfolios in 2014 amid allegations she played a role in undermining former Serious Fraud Office director Adam Feeley. She was later cleared. She has the support of former National Party leader Don Brash.


Paula Bennett

Age: 47

Currently: Minister for Climate Change Issues, Social Housing, State Services

"In deliberations"

Simon Bridges

Age: 40

Currently: Minister of Transport, Energy and Resources

Assessing his options

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