Jonathan Coleman confirms he will not contest National Party leadership

Jonathan Coleman has ruled himself out as a contender for the National Party leadership.

He confirmed the news today that he is not going to be seeking the party's leadership at this time. 

Three candidates Judith Collins, Amy Adams and Simon Bridges have announced their official bids.

"I think we have three great candidates there and basically I've made my decision on the basis of who is going to be best to beat Labour in 2020," Mr Coleman said today.

"I'm not going to reveal who I'm going to be supporting but anyone of those three I think will do a great job."

Previously, Mr Coleman contested the National Party leadership when John Key stood down as Prime Minister in late 2016. 

Mr Coleman wouldn't reveal to media today who he would support. Source: 1 NEWS



Tonga's King Tupou VI, in unprecedented move, delivers water to cyclone affected Tonatapu residents

In an unprecedented move, Tonga's King, accompanied by members of his defence force and royal household, delivered water to Tongatapu residents affected by cyclone Gita.

The cyclone tore through Tonga on Monday night leaving widespread damage including destroyed buildings.

Tongan King George Tupou VI.
Tongan King George Tupou VI. Source: 1 NEWS

King Tupou VI stayed in his vehicle as his motorcade moved slowly through the village of Patangata one of the worst affected areas where nearly every home was badly damaged.

Pacific correspondent Ms Dreaver was sheltering on the floor during Cyclone Gita before it got flooded. Source: 1 NEWS

Soldiers ran to each house delivering trays of fresh drinking water to bemused but grateful residents King Tupou's motorcade also delivered water yesterday to households on the badly hit east side of the island.

King Tupou VI was accompanied by members of his defence force and royal household. Source: 1 NEWS