New Zealand's National party anoints ex-airline boss Chris Luxon as leader

Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Luxon, who has spent just a year in parliament, will be the party’s fifth leader in as many years after he replaced Judith Collins

New Zealand’s opposition has announced a new leader, former airline boss Christopher Luxon, after its leader Judith Collins flamed out of the role last week.

The National party emerged from its caucus meeting on Tuesday to announce Luxon, a political novice and former Air New Zealand chief executive, would be taking the party’s helm. He will be National’s fifth leader in as many years, and will work alongside deputy Nicola Willis. The party was forced into a new leadership vote last week, after leader Judith Collins self-destructed in an ill-fated attempt to take down political rival Simon Bridges.

Luxon emerged from the caucus meeting with a promise to unite the party. “The unified National Party that Nicola and I lead will work every day to represent all New Zealanders, earn back their trust and confidence, and deliver for them,” he said in a statement. “Now, more than ever, New Zealand needs the National Party to offer them hope, ambition and drive to meet the challenges of the coming decade.

Related: No surprises as combustible Judith Collins crashes and burns as National leader | Tim Watkin

Luxon is a relative political unknown, with just a year in parliament under his belt. He is the fastest MP in New Zealand political history to transition from entering parliament to leadership of a major party.

“It’s a huge risk for National. A calculated risk, but still,” says former National government staffer and political commentator Ben Thomas. “He’s an unknown quantity.” The swiftness with which Luxon has been pushed from new entrant to party leader reflects a narrow suite of options on National’s frontbench – and also drives home the risk the party is taking. Luxon may have preferred to hold off on a leadership bid, but the party’s chaotic leadership spill left them with few options going forward. If Luxon’s inexperience sees him toppled or stepping down from leadership before the next election, National may have burned through one of its brightest new talents at the outset of his political career.

New Zealand National Party MP Simon Bridges withdrew from the leadership race and backed Chris Luxon. Photograph: Lynn Grieveson/Getty Images

“[Some]thing we haven’t seen in recent history is a party losing an election and their leader staying … so it’s a really tricky space for him to be in,” said Dr Lara Greaves, associate director of the Public Policy Institute. “I don’t want to use the cliche ‘do or die’ for 2023 but that’s really his position here.”

But the MP has some factors working in his favour – including his years at the helm of Air New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s best-known companies. Luxon emphasised that track record in his first comments as leader.

“I came to politics because I know how to solve problems and get things done,” he said. “I have built a career out of reversing the fortunes of under-performing companies and I’ll bring that real-world experience to this role.”

“He has the perfect backstory for a National MP,” Thomas said. “[Running] that kind of business and the implied fiscal and economic experience that that brings ideally bolsters National’s credentials as a traditionally strong economic manager, which is an area where it’s kind of fallen off the pace in the last few years.”

In Luxon, the party will be hoping for a fresh start, after months of bleak polling and internal strife. He will have an uphill battle ahead of him – while support for Jacinda Ardern’s hugely popular Labour party has decreased in recent months to about 41 to 47%, Luxon will inherit a party that is still languishing about 20 percentage points behind, and shedding voters to its right. In a 1 News Colmar Brunton poll released in November, Ardern was sitting at 39% in the preferred prime minister stakes, while National’s prospects sat in the single digits: then-leader Judith Collins was at just 5%, alongside Luxon’s 4%. Both were being soundly beaten by David Seymour at 11%, the leader of the smaller libertarian Act party.

Related: In a crisis, you want Jacinda Ardern. That’s why her poll numbers will remain robust | Morgan Godfery

The MP has also taken the top job without a protracted battle over leadership, which Thomas said was a “promising sign” for the party’s hopes of unifying the caucus. Greaves said it was “Really positive that they figured out a way to do this that makes them look united – these kinds of processes can be disruptive and destructive to people’s political careers – and for public perception of the unity of the caucus.”

Bridges, the subject of Collins’ attack, had initially put his hat into the ring for leadership, but withdrew his candidacy on Tuesday afternoon, saying he would back Luxon for the role. “This morning I met with Chris Luxon and had a great discussion. I am withdrawing from the leadership contest and will be backing Chris. He will make a brilliant National leader and prime minister,” Bridges said.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Anil Kapoor: Completing nine years of 'Race 2' brings back some fun memories

© IANS Anil Kapoor. Mumbai, Jan 25 (IANS) Anil Kapoor’s film ‘Race 2’ has completed nine years in Hindi cinema. The actor says the movie clocking nine years brings back ... Read more »

Norway says will put 'tangible demands' on Taliban

© Stian Lysberg Solum Taliban representative Anas Haqqani (L) meets with Norwegian officials in Oslo Norway said it will put “tangible demands” on the Taliban during talks in Oslo on ... Read more »

Arsenal 'narrow down midfield shortlist to four' as Gunners weigh-up moves for Ruben Neves, Douglas Luiz, Tyler Adams or Bruno Guimaraes before transfer window shuts

Arsenal are yet to make any significant signings in the January transfer windowGunners want striker and are chasing Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin They have also narrowed down their midfield shortlist to four options  Ruben Neves, Douglas Luiz, Tyler Adams and Bruno Guimaraes are options  Read more »

Rodrigo Bentancur's Juventus clause causing complications for Aston Villa transfer

Steven Gerrard has opened talks for midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur after the star’s latest impressive midfield display for Juventus in front of Aston Villa scouts. Uruguay international Bentancur,24, made his 13th ... Read more »

UPSC ESE Prelims 2022: Exam Schedule Out on upsc.gov.in; Here's Direct Link to Download

© Sumaila Zaman | India.com Education Desk UPSC ESE Prelims Exam 2022 schedule out. UPSC ESE Prelims Exam 2022: Union Public Service Commission on Tuesday released the UPSC Engineering Services ... Read more »

S.African corruption probe flags COVID contracts worth $137 million

© Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a press conference after the G20 Compact with Africa conference at the Chancellery in Berlin JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African ... Read more »

'Few Indian journalists had told me Kohli may be forced to leave Test captaincy': Shoaib Akhtar's shocking revelation

© Provided by Hindustan Times Shoaib Akhtar says he saw Virat Kohli’s big decision coming.  (Getty/Instagram) Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has made a startling revelation, saying that he was ... Read more »

Daniel Craig Unveils Release Date Of His Upcoming Movie Knives Out 2

© Provided by Lehren Daniel Craig Unveils Release Date Of His Upcoming Movie Knives Out 2 No Time To Die actor Daniel Craig has recently confirmed his upcoming movie Knives ... Read more »

Sold at Rs 100, This British Airways Plane is Now a Lavish Bar Hosting Parties

© Provided by News18 Sold at Rs 100, This British Airways Plane is Now a Lavish Bar Hosting Parties A 747 jet of the British Airways, which was once acquired ... Read more »

Isolating from a world filled with omicron makes less and less sense

Coronavirus variant omicron is much less likely to put you in the hospital, especially if you recently had COVID-19 or are vaccinated and boosted. Read more »

Pakistanis calling Imran Khan ‘corruption king' after latest Transparency report

© Provided by The Print New Delhi: Pakistan’s score in Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2021 has fallen 16 spots to 140, from 124 in 2020, out of 180 countries. ... Read more »

Video: Now POLICE investigate Partygate: Scotland Yard chief says criminal investigation is being launched into Downing Street and Whitehall lockdown breaches as 'upset' Cabinet minister refuses to defend Boris's June 2020 birthday party in No10

Read more »

Shark Tank India memes flood social media as show becomes the new rage for young India

© Provided by Pinkvilla It has barely been a month since Shark Tank India has made its way to Indian television but the show has already piqued interest in the ... Read more »

Video: Met Police apologise to Nottingham University philosophy lecturer who was ridiculed during strip search: Officers mocked academic's 'smelly knickers' and called her 'rank' after cutting off her clothes

Read more »

Lelaki simpan sisik tenggiling didenda RM28.2 juta

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Ribuan sisik tenggiling yang dirampas SFC dan dijadikan bukti pendakwaan terhadap seorang lelaki. (Gambar Facebook Perbadanan Perhutanan Sarawak) PETALING JAYA: Mahkamah Sesyen Sibu menjatuhkan ... Read more »

Nick Kyrgios speaks out on Rafael Nadal snub at Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios has responded to Channel 9’s “unexpected” move to snub Rafael Nadal for his doubles match with Nick Kyrgios. The host broadcaster for the Australian Open left the 2009 ... Read more »

Pupil joked about having affair with my teacher boyfriend – then I found naked pics of her and learned they had sex

A SHAMED teacher had sex with one of his pupils while his girlfriend was at work. Kim Smyth, 32, discovered her partner Ross Spittal, 31, had been having an affair ... Read more »

England midfielder Jill Scott joins Aston Villa on loan from Manchester City

© PA Wire England’s Jill Scott has joined Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of the season (Tim Goode/PA) – PA Wire England midfielder Jill Scott has joined Aston ... Read more »

Republic Day 2022: Police to deploy multi-layer security in Coimbatore on January 26

As the country celebrates its 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday, the Coimbatore City police have arranged for multi-layered security arrangements within the city, keeping in view various celebratory events. In ... Read more »

Morocco XI vs Malawi: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup, injury and Covid latest for AFCON tie today

© AFP via Getty Images moroccocomoros1401a.jpg Morocco are sweating over the fitness of Ilias Chair ahead of tonight’s last-16 meeting with Malawi. The Queens Park Rangers star came off injured ... Read more »

Ben Brereton Diaz transfer ‘dead in the water' for West Ham as David Moyes suffers telling blow

© PA Images Ben Brereton Diaz celebrates goal for Blackburn West Ham United’s reported wishes to secure a £28m Ben Brereton Diaz transfer this month has suffered what looks to ... Read more »

Kaji semula kaedah JKMPay elak golongan OKU tercicir

© Provided by Sinar Harian SHAH ALAM – Kerajaan dicadangkan untuk kaji semula pendekatan dan kaedah pelaksanaan JKMPay supaya tidak memberi sebarang kesulitan atau kesukaran serta tidak ada orang kurang ... Read more »

Journalists praise Jessica Soho for ‘great, incisive' presidential interviews

From election-related matters to past controversies, a lot of issues were unpacked in GMA Network’s “The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews.” The three-hour program has been praised by a number of ... Read more »

C4 refuse to pull Katie Price's mental health documentary despite arrest and public attack on Peter Andre's wife

Channel 4 have refused to pull Katie Price's mental health documentary despite arrest and public attack on Peter Andre's wife Emily. The former glamour model, 43, has two shows due ... Read more »

[OPINION] A thorny issue - It's time to get on our knees

© Provided by CapeTalk Once again this summer, when walking or running in my neighbourhood, I have noticed many grass verges riddled with weeds – specifically those which I find ... Read more »

Video: Is that you, Shrek? Woman who is usually 'pale as a ghost' reveals hilarious fake tan fail after 'darker than dark' shade turned her skin GREEN  

Read more »

Rassismus im US-Eishockey: 30 Spielsperren und Entlassung für Affen-Gesten

© Bereitgestellt von Blick 30 Spielsperren und Entlassung für Affen-Gesten Was geht nur in den Köpfen von Spielern wie Krystof Hrabik (22) und Jacob Panetta (25) vor? Beide haben bei ... Read more »

#DemiMalaysia: Peminat gembira BAM restu Lee Zii Jia, tiada lagi penggantungan 2 tahun

BEBERAPA hari lalu, Lee Zii Jia menjadi topik hangat para peminat sukan negara. Ia susulan tindakan Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) membuat keputusan untuk tidak mendaftarnya dalam mana-mana kejohanan untuk tempoh ... Read more »

Servette und die heilsame Wirkung eines Trainerwechsels

© keystone Teaserbild © keystone Der neue Cheftrainer Jan Cadieux und sein Assistent Rikard Franzén im Gespräch mit den Spielern. Ein Trainerwechsel kann auch Wunder wirken. Beim Weg aus der ... Read more »

Sektor pelancongan mungkin dilonggarkan lagi jika 'booster' selesai, berikut 9 info ringkas mengenainya

PEMBERIAN suntikan dos penggalak sedang rancak berjalan di seluruh negara. Sehingga 24 Januari, 10,906,259 individu telah menerima suntikan berkenaan di seluruh negara yang melibatkan sebanyak 33.4 peratus populasi keseluruhan. Pemberian ... Read more »

LOOK: Thebe Magugu hangs out with Kanye West at Schiaparelli fashion show

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Thebe Magugu is a gone boy. The multi-award-winning designer who won the LVHM Prize 2019 is not just a success but has been embraced ... Read more »

Black artists highlight how the trauma of empire still echoes in Britain

In April 1819 a French slave ship called “Le Rodeur” departed West Africa for the Caribbean. On board were 22 crew, and around 160 enslaved Africans. In the cramped conditions ... Read more »

FCB-Cabral mit Fiorentina einig – Millionen-Deal soll Weg frei machen

Diashow ein Abschied: Arthur Cabral wird den FC Basel wohl verlassen. Der Topscorer der laufenden Super-League-Saison steht vor einem Wechsel zu Fiorentina. In Florenz soll Cabral den abwandernden Dusan Vlahovic ... Read more »

Perkara buruk bakal berlaku, kata Kit Siang selepas penurunan indeks rasuah

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman berkata, kejatuhan lima anak tangga dalam CPI 2021 memalukan, manakala Faiz Fadzil mendakwa ia menunjukkan prinsip Islam mencegah rasuah ... Read more »

Maida Vale: Tributes paid to woman killed as family say ‘she didn't deserve to die'

The devastated family of a mother-of-two stabbed to death before a motorist mowed down her attacker in west London said on Tuesday: “She didn’t deserve to die.” The driver, 26, ... Read more »

Londoner Polizei leitet Ermittlungen zu Downing-Street-Partys ein

Eine Reihe von Festivitäten an der Londoner Downing Street wird von der Polizei untersucht. Das verschärft die Krise von Boris Johnsons Regierung. © Foto: Andy Rain (Keystone/21. Januar 2022) Die ... Read more »

Downing St parties: Met chief confirms No10 criminal investigation

Commissioner Dick said the decision to investigate was made as a result of information provided by the Cabinet Office investigation into the gatherings and 'my officers' own assessment.. Read more »

City's Alvarez talks progressing well over £17m deal

© Associated Press Manchester City are in talks to sign 21-year-old River Plate striker Julian Alvarez Manchester City’s talks to sign River Plate striker Julian Alvarez are progressing well, with ... Read more »

Ikea to open new London store next month

© PA Wire A new Ikea store will open in Hammersmith, west London, next month as the company increases its presence on the high street.(Andrew Matthews/PA) – PA Wire Ikea ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic