Watch: National Party's leadership candidates tell Kiwis why they should get the top job ahead of tomorrow's vote

The National Party leadership candidates made pitches on TVNZ1's Breakfast today about why they would be the best person for the job.

MPs Mark Mitchell, Amy Adams, Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins spoke on TVNZ1's Breakfast. Source: Breakfast

The party will vote tomorrow on whether Amy Adams, Simon Bridges, Mark Mitchell, Steven Joyce or Judith Collins will be replace Bill English as leader. 

The former hostage negotiator and cop wants to be the man to take on the government. Source: 1 NEWS

Mark Mitchell:

How are you different?

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All the candidates are very strong and we're lucky in the National Party you could probably go 15 or 20 deep into our caucus that are capable of leading. 

Amy Adams, Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges, Judith Collins and Mark Mitchell are the contenders. Source: 1 NEWS

I've got a very big international career. I know where opportunities are and I know where risks are. 

What have you achieved?

When I was chair of the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee I shepherded the foreign fighters Bill through parliament and managed to achieve cross party support, which I think is really important when it comes to matters of National Security. It was a very important piece of legislation in terms of protecting us as a nation. 

I made a recommendation back to the government saying we should bring our soldiers back from Malaysia who had been buried there, our veterans. The grave site wasn't necessarily secure and so we should bring them home. The government agreed with that. 

I also had a Private Members' Bill that stopped members wearing their patches in schools and public buildings. 

The leadership candidate says her 'integrity means a tremendous amount' to her. Source: 1 NEWS

Amy Adams

Why should you be the new leader of the National Party?

The thing I think I offer is the ability to appeal to the widest range of New Zealand voters, fundamentally I'm standing because I want National to win in 2020. To do that we have to appeal to voters right across the board. I think I'm the person amongst us who has the greatest broad base appeal to voters and as a leader I would show that. 

Are you the social-liberal choice?

No I don't think so, I think I take each issue on its merits. Fiscally I'm very conservative, on law and order I'm very conservative. When you look at those social issues I try and get a pulse of where our community is sitting and where it's going. 

Are you going to be strong enough in opposition?

I have no doubt about my ability to be tough and stern. But it's not about taking just taking on the government, it's about showing New Zealand our vision, what we would offer in government. 

Steven Joyce

Steven Joyce's announcement means there are now five candidates for the soon-to-be vacant position of National Party leader. Source: 1 NEWS

How are you different?

Firstly the experience, the vision for New Zealand's future. Perhaps I've been lucky enough to see first hand... what this country is capable of. There's a really exciting future for New Zealand over the next 20 [years] and I'm passionate about that. 

What does it take to beat Jacinda Ardern?

Firstly holding the government to account, they're an interesting bunch, so far they've talked a very big game and not done much. 

You've got to have strong vision set of policies for yourself and focus very much on Kiwi families and what they're looking for, and it's all about their security, incomes, and the opportunities they're going to get in the next 10-20 years. 

We've got to focus on all of those things and trust that we can bring the policy and earn the respect of the voters. 

He complimented competitor Judith Collins, and possible competitor Amy Adams. Source: 1 NEWS

Simon Bridges

Why should you be the new leader?

I'm the right blend of freshness and experience. I believe New Zealanders deserve better and we're the best team to do that in the 2020s.

Do you have the numbers?

I feel good about the support I've got. Ultimately this is a secret ballot. 

Your reason for voting against marriage equality?

I am a social conservative. [New Zealand is] a very broad church... that's our strength and our diversity in the National Party. 

Do you represent that broad church?

I've got that blend of some youth, I'm 41, I've got a young family, but also I've got a raft of senior portfolios.

We will, in the lead up to the election if I'm leader, be developing a comprehensive suite of.... policies that meet the context of the 2020s. 

Judith Collins on why she wants National's top spot. Source: 1 NEWS

Judith Collins

How's your support in the party?

I'm very direct about what I think about things. The fact that I've had leadership roles before parliament, I've had six years in opposition, pretty effective people tell me, maybe people don't always want to hear what I have to say from experience. 

But I think it's really important to stand up for what you believe. If you're in parliament just to agree with people you're in the wrong job. 

How are you different?

I was a leader in the legal profession and also business. No other candidate has had any time in opposition, and I don't count the last three months as meaning much. 

I'm incredibly strong in my views about what I believe and I also listen certainly to the National Party base. 

Most watched: Meet the Iraqi immigrant family learning Te Reo Maori - 'We have a responsibility to speak the language'

This story was first published on Thursday September 13.

Mariam Arif and her whānau are immersing themselves in te reo, as a way to feel more at home. Source: Seven Sharp

This last year has seen the number of people wanting to learn the Māori language skyrocket.

From the cape to the bluff - people are queueing up to get into Te Reo Māori classes.

One of those is an Iraqi immigrant and her whānau - who have immersed themselves in the Māori language.

"We are living on this land so we have a responsibility to speak the language of this land," Mariam Arif told Seven Sharp.

She's been living here for 20 years but has only been learning Te Reo Māori for two of those.

"When I started, I didn't really like talking, but I didn't give up and stop, didn't get shy and didn't get lazy and now I'm a lot better."

Ms Arif can speak three languages, English, Arabic and Te Reo Māori.

With her family also getting in on the act, she has plenty of people to help practice her newest language.


Auckland Girl Guides and Brownies 'shocked' to learn women had to fight for the vote 125 years ago

A group of Auckland Girl Guides and Brownies are learning about the biggest women's rights fight in New Zealand history, days out from the 125th anniversary of Kiwi women winning the right to vote.

There's a big celebration next week. It was September 19 1893 that New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

Te Atatu Girl Guide Leah Kim, 10, told Seven Sharp it really upset her to learn that women didn't get to vote until the law was changed 125 years ago.

"I didn't understand why men just got to vote and not women," she said.

Girl Guide Leader Nicola Igusa said when the girls realised that women didn't have the same rights "they feel really shocked and surprised and say 'why? why not?. That's really unfair'. Small children are really focused on fairness, so they really get it".

Kate Sheppard had tried and failed to change the law with petitions in both 1891 and 1892, but she refused to give up.

She organised 'the monster petition' of 31,872 signatures - 25 per cent of all adult women, whose collective voices created a mammoth paper protest, 274 metres long.

A new Electoral Act was passed  and in the General Election that followed a whopping 85 per cent of New Zealand women registered to vote, did so.

Next week will be 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. Source: Seven Sharp



Could the humble raffle draw be the solution to New Zealand's housing crisis?

A homeowner in the UK struggling to sell their property has come up with a novel way to get shift of it that could also take off in New Zealand.

The owner of a 1760 Georgian heritage-listed property is raffling off their multi-million-dollar home with tickets costing $25 a pop.

Seven Sharp looks at whether raffling houses could be the solution to New Zealand's housing crisis in the video above.

In the UK, a 1760 Georgian heritage-listed property is being raffled – could it happen here? Source: Seven Sharp

Powerball struck for fourth time in a month as winner scoops $7.2 million

Powerball was struck for the fourth time in a month tonight when a punter from Silverdale north of Auckland scooped $7.2 million.

The prize is made up of $7 million from Powerball First Division and $200,000 from Lotto First Division.

The winning ticket was sold at Pak'nSave Silverdale in Silverdale. 

It's the fourth time in as many weeks that Powerball First Division has been struck, following on from late-August’s $5 million Powerball win by a Christchurch couple. Those lucky winners plan to use their winnings to go on the trip of a lifetime to Italy. 

Four other Lotto players will also be celebrating tonight after each winning $200,000 with Lotto First Division. 

The winning Lotto tickets were sold at Kelson General Store in Lower Hutt, Richmond Night N Day in Nelson, Ilam New World in Christchurch and New World Gore.  

Meanwhile, Strike Four was won by two players in Waikato and Tauranga, who each take home $50,000. Both those winning Strike tickets were sold on MyLotto.

Lotto Powerball (file picture).
Lotto Powerball (file picture). Source: Lotto