Who is Simon Bridges, the new leader of the National Party?

The new leader of the National party is Simon Bridges, with Paula Bennett retaining her position as deputy leader.

Simon Joseph Bridges, 41, is the MP for Tauranga and was first elected to Parliament in 2008.

He is the National party's first Māori leader. 

At his announcement of his leadership bid he said he represents generational change for the party combined with experience.

In the previous National Government, he held a number of ministerial portfolios including Labour, Energy, Economic Development and Transport.

After the new Government took power he became National's spokesperson for Economic & Regional Development and Immigration, and the Shadow Leader of the House.

Mr Bridges lives in the Tauranga suburb of Matua with his wife Natalie, who he met at Oxford University, and their three children.

Before starting his political career, Mr Bridges worked as a litigation lawyer and a senior Crown prosecutor in the District and High Courts.

His sister Rachel is married to fellow National MP Simon O'Connor.

Mr Bridges attracted plenty of attention while he was Energy and Resources Minister, particularly for a heated Campbell Live interview in 2013 over the issue of deepwater oil drilling.