The current leader of the National Party is Judith Collins. Collins is the MP for Papakura and has been in this role since 2002 (prior to 2008, this electorate was calle Clevedon). She has been at the helm of the party since July 2020, taking over after incumbent Todd Muller stepped down due to health issues.
Collins was born in Hamilton, where she went to Matamata College. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws with Honours and a Master of Taxation Studies from the University of Auckland. Prior to her political career, Collins worked as a lawyer and company director. Some notable roles from this period include a term as President of the Auckland District Law Society and Vice-President of the New Zealand Law Society. During her time in Parliament as part of the Key/English governments, Collins has served as Minister of Corrections, Minister of Police, Minister of Justice and Minister of our health insurance system, ACC.
She has extensive experience of both opposition and government, having been in both positions for multiple terms. Collins’ key qualities centre around hard work and relevance. Having been a Labour supporter for much of her youth, she remains flexible with policy. This has been crucial in ensuring she keeps her position as one of National’s best frontbench MPs.