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Live: Prime Minister John Key resigns video

5:32 PM  John Key shocked his National Party colleagues, New Zealand and the world by announcing his resignation today. As the new contenders line up, we crucnh the numbers onKey's 2939 days at the top.



Key, the entertainer

Resignation speech

Key quits jokes

In photos

$60m wealth

Reaction on the street

Market reaction

Christchurch legacy

Party leaders back English video

Is this the country's next Prime Minister? ACT, UnitedFuture and the Maori Party are all backing Bill English for the ...

2 min ago  Bill English is a popular pick for prime minister amongst National's support partners.

How world was shocked too video

The Prime Minister's resignation made headline around the world.

9 min ago  John Key's shock resignation hits global headlines. Here's how the world's media are reporting it.

Key gone: As big as it gets video

Wife Bronagh played a huge part in his decision to step down, says Key.

19 min ago  OPINION: This changes everything. And can Bill English forge the same relationship with Kiwis as John Key?

Next PM: The contenders video

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English is the frontrunner to take over from John Key.

5:12 PM  Finance Minister Bill English is the frontrunner, but others may be lining up for a shot to replace John Key as PM.

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John Key Resigns

A week's notice video

05122016 News Photo Monique Ford / Fairfax NZ
Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key 
announces his resignation at ...

0 min ago  The National Party will meet next Monday to choose John Key's replacement as leader.

John Key: The boy from Bryndwr

4 min ago  OPINION: 10 years ago, John Key promised to improve New Zealand for all New Zealanders. But what is his legacy?

Is this the country's next Prime Minister? ACT, UnitedFuture and the Maori Party are all backing Bill English for the ...

Party leaders backing English video

3 min ago  Bill English is a popular pick for prime minister amongst National's support partners.


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    05122016 News Photo Monique Ford / Fairfax NZ
Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key 
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    A week's notice video

    0 min ago  The National Party will meet next Monday to choose John Key's replacement as leader.


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    Livestock company employees are made to pay $105,000 for price fixing roles.

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    John Key the leader of the national Party waves ot he faithful as he arrives to deliver his finance policy going into ...

    4:32 PM  From breakfast TV to Talk radio, John Key provided us with some pretty entertaining times.

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    Pompeii wheelchair access video

    New paved passageways make the world-famous archaeological ruins disabled friendly.

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    South Island travellers look skyward to save themselves time on the long inland bypass.


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    There's very little to identify the hybrid version of the Corolla from the outside. That's kind of the point.

    We count down the best cars of 2016, culminating in our Top Car on December 16.

    Coolest AMG cars ever made

    Mercedes' AMG arm has ticked up quite a number of seriously good performance cars over the past 45 years.

    A McLaren F1 crashed on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Rd at Closeburn on Saturday December 3.

    McLaren had crashed before video

    The driver of a McLaren supercar that crashed on a NZ road was not at court on Monday.

    stuff nation

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    05122016 - Heather Knox - Foot It submission to win a free scooter. Photo of her son Joshua on a ...

    Unless there is heavy rain or stupidly strong Palmy winds, Joshua bikes to school.

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    When he took the photo, he knew it was the one. It captured the beautiful Wellington evening.

    Canela grew quickly and began sleeping in strange positions on her back with half her body in one direction, half in the ...

    Canela the contortionist

    Canela grew quickly and began sleeping in strange positions on her back.


    Time was right for exit video

    Ernie Merrick waves to the crowd as he leaves the Westpac Stadium for the field for what would be the final time as ...

    5:48 PM  OPINION: Timing of Ernie Merrick's resignation a shock but he always had the club's best interests at heart.

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    Stephen Fleming brings his Melbourne Stars team to Wellington for a match against the Firebirds on Wednesday.

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    Trump's controversial conversation with Taiwan's leader broke nearly four decades of protocol.

    Will Trump's unusual take on diplomacy be a hinderance or a help to international relations?

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