Young to match Labours leader
It worries me that this alone seems to be a factor in electing someone. I don't consider it an asset automatically.
I partly agree. If Bridges does get it and Id wager the deputy is on the younger side, its to give a perception of vitality. However, the PM doesnt make all the rules, the MP's and support provide the information, and an MP of a Ministry will have more knowledge and will make a recommendation to the PM, along with any supporting Ministries, such as Finance. Unless any leader is an autocrat like Trump, the party team runs the show, the PM signs it off, and yes he does have sway there, but its a team effort, so I dont really see too much of an issue.
Why bother even having a leader then, just have a party? John Key was pretty knowledgeable. He had finance and business experience and was pretty well thought of as a trader on the markets, he was also personable and real and these are characteristics that made him a good leader. He didn't have the depth of knowledge of someone like English, but then I don't think there are many in NZ politics in his league (I thought Robertson showed some promise but comments in the past 2 weeks have proven otherwise). It worries me we don't really appear to have anyone coming through the ranks on either side, of his league. You at least need someone who can look at information given to them and know if they are at least in the ball park.
A pretty figurehead doesn't work for me. I expect my leaders to be intelligent and knowledgeable and have experience in leadership. I'd suggest our current leader MIGHT be one of those things. I know you aren't worried if people learn on the job, but for me, paying that sort of money and with that sort of responsibility, it's irresponsible.
I see today that Labour wants to review public CEO renumerations. Our PM would likely be in for a massive pay cut if her "qualifications" to lead were actually assessed.