Banksy-style painting of John Key appears in Tauranga

A Banksy-esque picture of outgoing Prime Minister John Key has appeared in Tauranga.
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A Banksy-esque picture of outgoing Prime Minister John Key has appeared in Tauranga.

Street art resembling the famed work of the mysterious Banksy has appeared in Tauranga.

The painting emerged overnight and depicts outgoing Prime Minister John being beamed up by a UFO while flipping the bird, wearing a shirt saying "don't vote", SunLive reported.

The graffiti stencil has been signed off with "Banksy" and appeared after Key announced his resignation on Monday.

Banksy is a British street artist known worldwide for his stencil graffiti that usually features political messages.

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Banksy's identity is not formally known and there has been speculation that it could be the work of a group rather than one person. 

Rumours that the artist could be in the city have been circulating since another piece appeared down the alley between Bohemian Tattoo Arts and Goddards Arcade last week. 

It can be seen on an alley between Durham and Grey Streets, running behind the Trustpower building.

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