'Poor darling' - Judith Collins' cat Minnie dies aged 17

Judith Collins' cat Minnie has died aged 17.

Minnie, Judith Collins cat.

The new National Party leader posted a tribute to her pet on Twitter this evening.

"Dear Twitter friends, Minnie Collins, aged 17 & a half years has passed away."

"Poor darling," she wrote.

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The bad news comes just one day after she was voted in as National leader following Todd Muller's shock resignation.

Minnie's death comes after Ms Collins' dog Holly passed away in April. She also tweeted a tribute to Holly.