Hon Judith Collins, Leader of the Opposition (National Party)
Hon Judith Collins was first elected to Parliament representing the Auckland seat of Clevedon in 2002. Following electorate boundary changes she was elected MP for Papakura in the 2008, 2011 and 2014 elections.
As a Government Minister she has held the Justice, Accident Compensation Corporation, Police, and Corrections portfolios.
She is currently leader of the Opposition.
Prior to her election to Parliament, Collins was a lawyer and company director.
Collins is a vice-patron of the Ex-Vietnam Services Association Children’s and Grandchildren’s Trust, supporting children of Vietnam veterans. She is also a member of the Fulbright New Zealand Alumni Association, a member of Global Women New Zealand and an honorary life member of the Long Range Desert Group and the New Zealand Sappers’ Association.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws with Honours and a Master of Taxation Studies from the University of Auckland. In 2013, Collins was selected to attend and completed the Leadership Decision Making (LDM) executive program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in the United States.
Collins is married and lives with her family in Auckland.