Judith Collins gets stuck into 'spin over reality' Government, insists election 'easily winnable' in AGM speech

Opposition leader Judith Collins said on Sunday she's confident the National Party can win the next election, using her leader's address at the party's conference to slam the Government's record on delivery.

During her keynote speech at the party's AGM in Auckland, the National Party leader got stuck into the Government's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine - while also accusing Labour of being "spin over reality".

"They promised we would be front of the queue for the COVID-19 vaccine. We're currently last in the OECD," Collins told National Party faithful.

"The Government choosing the Mongrel Mob to rehabilitate methamphetamine addicts over organisations with no gang affiliations has made New Zealanders angry.

Judith Collins.
Judith Collins. Photo credit: Getty Images

"Labour fell 9.7 points in the latest TV poll, one of the largest drops for a governing party that I can remember. Because they are not listening to New Zealanders."

Collins insisted the National Party will prove triumphant in Election 2023, despite the aforementioned poll - the Newshub-Reid Research Poll - only registering them at 28.7 percent. 

"It is an election that is easily winnable - if National focuses on the things that matter to New Zealand - to those Kiwis who deserve more. 

"You see, Labour is a party that is failing to deliver in almost every area that matters to New Zealand and New Zealanders. They're rushing through changes and making announcements they didn't campaign on.

"And you can't trust Labour on taxes. They ruled out any new taxes before the last election and then announced a ute tax afterwards."

Collins promised National would continue to "demand the debate", referring to a campaign launched by the party last month. The campaign calls on the Government to give New Zealanders more of a say on issues that weren't campaigned by Labour ahead of Election 2020.

"We are the party New Zealanders can rely on to get things done. Labour cannot use their majority to do whatever they want," Collins said. "Kiwis don't want to be left out.

"They want the debate. They want a say in the future of their country."