'Time for a drink' - Judith Collins signs off after leadership announcement

"Time for a drink" - Those were the final words of Judith Collins tonight after being confirmed as the new National Party leader this evening.

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Ms Collins thanked media for staying up so late after she was named leader with Gerry Brownlee as her deputy. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms Collins was selected as leader by the National caucus and Gerry Brownlee will serve as deputy leader, following Todd Muller's shock resignation this morning.

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Ms Collins was tonight elected to replace Todd Muller in charge of National. Source: 1 NEWS

The new National leader took time at the end of her first press conference as leader to thank the gathered media after a long day.

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"Thank you everyone for being here tonight, thanks for staying," she said.

"I think it might be time for a drink."