Judith Collins happy to take on Labour 'without even getting paid'

Judith Collins says she'll happily take on the role of National Party attack dog for free.

The failed leadership contender is currently awaiting her new responsibilities, as new leader Simon Bridges looks to stamp his signature on the party.

Though experienced, Ms Collins was an outsider to win the contest, with pundits suggesting she had only two votes out of the 29 needed for victory.

She called those reports a "load of bollocks", telling The AM Show on Friday while she was disappointed, she got enough votes to make her "feel good".

"It was a great process - I really loved every minute of it," she said.

"It was full-on. I did everything I could. That's the result, and I'm happy to support Simon… Simon and I have a very good relationship. I expect he'll want to make best use of my skills."

Just what portfolios the former Minister of Police, Corrections, Justice and Ethnic Communities will pick up in Opposition remain to be seen.

"Anything I get I always like to enjoy. Whatever you get, you make the most of it. I expect that I will be given some portfolios that suit my skills, my experience and also my interests."

Asked by host Duncan Garner if her job might be just to attack the Labour Party, Ms Collins said it would be "so easy".

"I could do that without even getting paid to."

Mr Bridges is expected to reveal his shadow Cabinet in the next couple of weeks.