New Zealand Prime Minister John Key steps down in shock resignation

JOHN Key has resigned as Prime Minister of New Zealand after eight years in the top job and a decade as leader of the National Party.

Mr Key made the announcement at a shock press conference on Monday morning.

“I’ve never seen myself as a career politician” he said. “I’ve never wanted my success to be measured by how long I’ve spent in Parliament.”


“Ten years at the top is a long time. It’s a lot of lonely nights for (my wife) and I really feel I owe it to the family to come home.”

Mr Key will resign on December 12.