Judith Collins' message to caucus ahead of one-on-one meetings: 'I hope everybody's grateful to be here'

Judith Collins is heading into one-on-one meetings with each National MP and her message to the caucus is they should be grateful to be there. 

It comes as former National leader Todd Muller has for the first time taken his share of the responsibility for the party's crushing election defeat. 

"I hope everybody's very grateful to be here," Collins said on Wednesday morning ahead of National's caucus meeting. "It's a great privilege to be an MP."

A lot of National MPs didn't get that - courtesy of the party's disastrous election result. Collins is done talking about it, saying she didn't expect any of her colleagues to question her at their caucus meeting. 

"No," Collins said, when asked if she expected to be questioned about why the election loss was so terrible. "No," Collins said again, when asked if she expected her MPs to ask questions about her leadership. 

But there are still a lot of unanswered questions - not just for the current leader. Muller has now acknowledged his coup against Simon Bridges played a part in the party's downfall. 

"Oh look, I'm sure I'd do things differently," he said. "But that's for the reflection period and for discussions that occur within those caucus rooms."

The issues and challenges are not all over - Collins doesn't face an obvious challenge for the leadership, with Bridges and Mark Mitchell ruling it out. 

"Yes," Bridges said, when asked if he could rule out another bid for leadership. "Never again."

"I'm completely ruling out running for the leadership, absolutely," Mitchell said. 

But deputy leader Gerry Brownlee may have to practice his fend.

"Deputy leadership... um, yeah look, I'm ruling that out at the moment as well," Mitchell said. 

Collins said the deputy leadership is up to the caucus to decide on. 

"I'm very happy to have the decision made by the caucus," she said, when asked if she would like Brownlee to stay on as deputy leader. 

"I want what's best for the National Party," Brownlee said. "I've been a deputy before. I've stepped aside before."

And Collins' finance man is perhaps not so safe either after all those fiscal holes. 

"We are going to be very careful in doing this allocation of portfolios," she said, when asked if Paul Goldsmith will keep the finance portfolio. 

It's not just the National Party scrapping for jobs - the Greens are searching for ministerial treats. 

Newshub understands co-leader James Shaw has been offered the climate change portfolio - which he's held for the last three years - outside of Cabinet, in post-election discussions with Labour. 

"We can't speculate on speculation," he said after emerging from the talks on Wednesday.

Newshub has also learned that Green MP Eugenie Sage - currently Conservation Minister - hasn't been offered anything yet. But it's unclear if that's because her ministerial roles will be whisked away or whether the Green co-leaders aren't communicating their progress back to their caucus. 

There is still a big question mark over Marama Davidson.