Defeated Simon Bridges has shared a heartwarming response after being ousted from his job as National Party leader.
Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller has been elected National Party leader over Bridges. Auckland MP Nikki Kaye was elected as his deputy, replacing Paula Bennett.
After the announcement, Bridges tweeted a photo of his wife Natalie and daughter Jemima, saying: "More time for the most important job I have. Thank you New Zealand."
More time for the most important job I have. Thank you New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/q47X9r3bK8— Simon Bridges (@simonjbridges) May 22, 2020
Bridges, who met his wife while studying at the University of Oxford, also has sons, Emlyn and Harry, and lives with his family in Matua, Tauranga.
The tweet was met with overwhelming support for the former National leader, from Kiwis praising his work and wishing him luck in his future endeavours.