Simon Bridges has been named as the new leader of the National Party. Paula Bennett will continue as deputy leader.
Simon Bridges is the MP for Tauranga and was first elected to Parliament in 2008.
He is the National party’s first Māori leader.
He is replacing Bill English, who resigned earlier this month.
Speaking after the announcement, Mr Bridges said he was humbled by his colleagues picking him to be the 12th leader of the National Party.
He tweeted “I’m honoured to be elected as @NZNationalParty Leader today – it’s an enormous privilege. My focus will be on presenting an ambitious and strong alternative Government heading into 2020.”