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Who will be the new PM?

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016


Bill English

Age: 54

Currently: Deputy PM, Minister of Finance

Hailed as heir apparent by John Key. 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.

Paula Bennett

Age: 47

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

Bennett has been rumoured as a future leader for some time and this year took the reins as acting PM for a day when more senior cabinet ministers were all out of the country. Her Westie credentials may endear her to some but others may want a more experienced hand on the tiller.

Steven Joyce

Age: 53

Currently: Minister for Economic Development, Tertiary Education, Science & Innovation

National's campaign manager has been the government's Mr Fix-It, but this repair job may be too much for his toolbelt. The former radio station boss may be tuned in for other coming battles with his eye on next year's election and possibly taking over as Finance Minister.

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.

Amy Adams

Age: 45

Currently: Minister of Justice, Courts, Broadcasting, Communications

The lawyer has impressed many observers since entering parliament in 2008 and her Selwyn electorate has the biggest majority in the country. An outside choice.

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