New National Party leader Christopher Luxon lists his strengths and weaknesses

Christopher Luxon had a cheeky answer when quizzed on what his weaknesses are.

The new National leader appeared on The Project on Tuesday night just hours after being chosen to replace former leader Judith Collins. 

He was asked to do a 'SWOT' analysis of himself and had a surprising answer for his weaknesses. 

"My weakness is custard squares and mince pies," he joked

When asked what his strengths are, he listed being from "outside the system". 

He felt that was exactly what National needed after a tumultuous last four years saw multiple leadership changes.

"I think one of my strengths is I come from out of the system," Luxon told The Project.

"After being down here for 12 months, I can tell you Wellington and more importantly New Zealand needs some real changes and that is coming from an outside perspective and I think that is a real strength in this case. 

"Being someone who has actually worked in large organisations and led teams of people is pretty helpful given the recent history of the National Party but today was a really important day because we were able to turn a page and focus on going forward together as a team."

Luxon was very confident that he had the skills to turn the National Party around and get New Zealanders to trust them again. 

National has been in freefall over the last two years and the poll results over the last few months have been especially alarming.

Even despite problems with the Government's COVID-19 response, the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows the National Party has failed to capitalise and get voters onside.

Labour held steady on 42.7 percent - down just 0.3. And instead of exploiting the Government's weaknesses, National was only getting weaker itself, on 26.9 percent - down 1.8.

Luxon feels his time in large corporations like Air New Zealand - where he was chief executive for seven years - means he is ready to unite National and get Kiwis to trust the party again.

"Look it's no different from past jobs I've done in the sense of you have large teams, a range of personalities and a range of skills and competencies and what I can tell you is there are actually 33 really incredible people," he told The Project. 

"We have to stop the behaviour of the past four years and we are ruling a line under that. Today [Tuesday] was actually a really important day because we had what we call an uncontested leadership change and that fundamentally means that all of our caucus united behind me as the new leader.

"We are going to do it and I'm going to bring my skills from outside and really use the skills of the team and all those different competencies that exist there. 

"I get it, we've got to demonstrate and earn that trust with New Zealanders but I think it's really important because the Government is doing a lot of announcements and PR and spin and New Zealanders actually want us to get on and get things done. 

"I know how to define problems, get results and do that with and for people."