One year on from taking the most difficult job in politics, Claire Trevett reads the tea leaves with Simon Bridges.

Driving away from National Party leader Simon Bridges' Tauranga home, the politician says he feels like the star in James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke".

He would be Paul McCartney, he decides. The song he would sing?

"Help! I need somebody."


He thinks this is terribly funny, this joke at his own expense and the polls in single figures.

Bridges has just marked his first anniversary as leader. It was a lamentable, horrible year in many ways. There was the Jami-Lee