'I didn't actually complain' - Judith Collins plays down leadership contest spat

Judith Collins is playing down the National leadership contest spat over shows of support for contenders, saying her comments have been exaggerated.

Judith Collins is playing down the leadership contest spat over shows of support for contenders, saying her comments have been exaggerated and it's "just part of a bit of rough and tumble".

One of her rivals for the National Party leadership, Amy Adams, announced her bid on Wednesday flanked by four supporting MPs.

Ms Collins, who had tweeted her own announcement, suggested on Thursday Ms Adams had broken a caucus agreement by turning up with her backers.

That's been denied by Ms Adams and party whip Jami-Lee Ross, who said there was no agreement that MPs would keep quiet about their preferences.

Ms Collins said she wasn't complaining about Ms Adams' tactics.

"I didn't actually complain, that's the weird thing," she told Newshub's AM Show on Friday.

"I was asked a question about why I didn't have anyone with me, I simply answered it and now there's an `allegation' that I haven't really made at all.

"I just think it's part of a bit of rough and tumble."

Ms Collins said she was confident she had "a good shot" at winning the leadership.

"My colleagues who have put their hands up are pretty confident they've got some good numbers too."

The third contender is Simon Bridges.

Steven Joyce and Mark Mitchell are still deciding whether they'll enter the race.

The 56-member caucus must elect a new leader by the time Bill English's resignation takes effect on February 27.

1 NEWS political reporter Andrea Vance has the developments. Source: 1 NEWS


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Pirate involved in 'Water Rats' who stormed Sir Peter Blakes' boat caught by police - reports

A pirate who took part in the death of New Zealand sailing legend Sir Peter Blake has been caught by police, after 16 years at large. 

International Business Times reports Jose Irandir Cardoso was a member of 'The Water Rats' who went aboard Sir Peter's boat in 2001 in the Amazon. 

He was shot by Ricardo Colares Tavares who was sentenced to murder. 

Sir Peter died from a single gun shot. It sent shock waves around New Zealand. 

Source: 1 NEWS


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Meet the man building one of NZ's most luxurious superyachts in landlocked Palmerston North

Carl Ferguson is building one of our most luxurious boats in a couple of second hand sheds in landlocked Palmerston North.

A 39 metre luxury catamaran known as "the beast" has taken nine months of building for 20 guys. 

Carl says his operation is "simple, kiwi shed kinda stuff".

"We are originally a commercial boat builder, so cray boats and fishing boats, this pleasure boat market is new to us," Mr Ferguson told Seven Sharp.

The boat includes a lower lounge, two guest cabins below a bunk room and a double, a gally, a sky lounge, a media and cinema room, outside dining, two large cranes, a 43 foot sport fisher, an amphibious tender, rescue boat and kayaks and more. 

The boat has been brought by a kiwi business man and his family who is remaining unnamed.

Carl's answer to the tiny issue of getting the boat to the water is to put it on a truck.

"They go down the road with the sides of the boat about an inch or two off the road and they're hydraulically controlled trailers. It's pretty special to watch."

There are 12 months to go before the boat will float.

Carl Ferguson is building fancy-pants boats in a couple of second hand sheds. Source: Seven Sharp