Amy Adams named National's new finance spokesperson

Amy Adams named National's new finance spokesperson

New Opposition finance spokeswoman Amy Adams will be a "fierce" marksman against a Government in danger of "squandering" New Zealand's economic gains, says National Party leader Simon Bridges.

"Amy follows in the footsteps of the National Party's hugely successful finance ministers, Bill English and Steven Joyce, and I have no doubt she'll do a great job on behalf of all New Zealanders".

He was not offered the Shadow Finance portfolio.

Mr Joyce said even if he had been offered his desired finance portfolio, which he served as the National's Minister for during their previous year in government, he would likely have departed before the next election. He said her appointment would show voters the economy remained the National Party's number one priority.

"The National Party will fight these changes and Amy is the best person to lead that effort", said Bridges.

But given Adams was Bridges' closest rival in the leadership contest, his appointment of her to finance could also be seen as something of an olive branch to unite her backers with the rest of the caucus.

Mr Bridges assumed the National leadership last week, and said it only took two rounds of voting for him to receive the majority of votes required to defeat the other four leadership candidates.

At the press conference this afternoon, Bridges said he did not expect any more resignations over the next few days and in the lead up to more announcements.

"No not at all, in fact one of the best things about standing for the leadership is a lot of people, and don't necessarily believe all the sprucing from all the sides on how brilliantly they did, but a lot of people were very supportive and spoke well and voted for me as well".

"I think it's about making sure we are blending that good experience - because we want to keep that - with new talent coming through". And you wouldn't want to see too much of either of those things. "You've got to get that blend right".

He said the appointment of Adams did not signal a significant shift in the way National would handle its policy. "We've built up an incredibly strong legacy in the economy for this Government".

Howie's departure would give Bridges room to choose his own chief of staff, an appointment which typically requires a strong relationship with the leader.

He said in the next few days and certainly before the end of next week, he would announce his reshuffle in total.

Bridges said it was an exciting line-up that will capture New Zealand's interests.

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