Is Judith Collins the right person to lead National into the next election?

MP Judith Collins is the first candidate to put her name forward for the National Party leadership.

She tweeted today: "I'm announcing my candidacy for Leader of the NZ National Party."

With National kicked out of power, questions are inevitably being asked about Bill English's next move. Source: Breakfast

Our political editor said there were no surprises with some portfolios and some big surprises with others. Source: 1 NEWS

"We're going to need strong & decisive leadership if we’re going to win in 2020. I'm that person."

The Papakura MP is considered one of the possible front-runners to replace leader Bill English, who on yesterday announced he would be leaving parliament in two weeks.

National MP Simon Bridges, meanwhile, has also hinted he may soon be announcing a run.

"At the moment I am talking to colleagues," Mr Bridges told media as he arrived at parliament on Wednesday morning.

"We'll just see what happens. It may be that I have more to say later today."

The member for Tauranga was not at Mr English's resignation - unable to make it to Wellington due to weather grounding flights.

Meanwhile veteran MP Nick Smith was staying tight-lipped about the race on Wednesday while Otaki MP Nathan Guy and Auckland Central's Nikki Kaye have ruled themselves out. 

Mr English also wouldn't comment on his possible successors.

Judith Collins has this morning tweeted she’ll be running as a candidate for leader of the National Party. Source: 1 NEWS

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Full List of sewage-affected Auckland beaches: Mission Bay is good but St Heliers, Herne Bay and others are a no-go

Half-a-dozen popular beaches across Auckland remain contaminated by sewage leaks, and unfit to swim, after heavy rain overloaded wastewater systems early this week.

The popular St Heliers Beach in Auckland's east is one of six with an active water quality alert on council's Safeswim online monitoring system.

Most of the prohibited beaches are along the south coast of Waitemata Harbour, directly east and west of Auckland's CBD.

On Monday this week, an unusually high 12 beaches in Auckland had water quality alerts on Safeswim's website including the very busy Mission Bay, and Mairangi Bay beaches.

However, these two popular Auckland beaches have now been cleared as safe to swim.

The description of the conditions on the Safeswim website is: "Real time sensors or manual inspections of the wastewater (sewage) network have detected wastewater overflows affecting swimming spots – swimming is not advised."

Contamination of Auckland's beaches does regularly occur following large storms when overflowing storm water seeps into the city's sewerage system.

Auckland Council typically discourages people from swimming in the city's beaches for 48 hours following a major storm event.

The six Auckland beaches with water quality alerts are:

- Herne Bay
- Home Bay
- Okahu Bay
- Point England
- St Heliers
- St Mary's Bay

To keep up to date with the water quality of Auckland beaches visit Auckland Council's Safeswim website.

Water quality forecast - arrow in alert zone Source: Te Karere

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'I thought I was dying': Victim in Auckland quarry abduction case recalls panicked wait for police to find her

A 23-year-old woman abducted and assaulted at a quarry northwest of Auckland last year has tearfully recounted her ordeal to the High Court this morning.

The woman was picked up and driven to Riverhead quarry last February, where she was bashed over the head and knocked out. After coming round, she described her desperate call to police once her attacker had gone.

"I just kept saying I'm bleeding...my whole body was covered in blood I thought I was dying so I was saying this on the phone," she said.

Police are seeking a man and this vehicle over the shocking attack, which took place in Riverhead on Sunday morning. Source: Supplied

"I was in shock that they couldn't find me cause I guess on the movies it seems like you call in and you're found."

She eventually made her way to the road where police were able to track her down.

A 59 year old Auckland truck driver is facing 3 charges including kidnapping and assault with intent to commit sexual violation.

The accused, Colin Jack Mitchell is a former branch president of the RSA.

Colin Mitchell was described as a prowler as the Crown laid out its case against him. Source: 1 NEWS


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