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Reaction to John Key's resignation as PM

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016

WHAT POLITICIANS ARE SAYING ABOUT PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY'S RESIGNATION:

"John Key has served New Zealand generously and with dedication. I wish him and his family the best for the future." - Labour leader Andrew Little

"In the long term, all Prime Ministers are judged for the policies they leave behind, and John will be judged well." - ACT leader David Seymour

"I fought every day against John's politics but always supported his right to be a dad and a husband first. I wish him and his family well." - Greens co-leader Metiria Turei

"John Key's intelligence, optimism and integrity as leader of the National Party and Prime Minister of New Zealand means he will be judged by history as one of New Zealand's greatest leaders." - Deputy Prime Minister Bill English

"Clearly the Prime Minister does not believe the superficial polls any longer." - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters

"I sent him one very short message "Say it ain't so bro." - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

"John Key has been a good friend to Australia. I wish him and his family all the best." - Australian Labor Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten

"Will miss [Prime Minister John Key] but [Deputy PM Bill English] will be a great PM." - Xero chief executive John Drury.

"It has been under the leadership of John Key that the Maori Party has been able to secure gains for Maori and advance kaupapa Maori over the past eight years." - Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell

"Thank you [Prime Minister John Key]. From my interactions with you, you remained true to yourself and that's all any of us can really do. All the best." - London silver medallist BMX rider Sarah Walker

"An incredible Leader during very testing times in NZ and the world.I'm fortunate two have and spent time with you. All the best [Prime Minister John Key]." - Ex-Warriors skipper and Aussie rugby league international Steve Price

"Huge thanks to [Prime Minister John Key] for years of service to his country." - Wellington Mayor Justin Lester

"Thanks to [Prime Minister John Key] for his service to the country. I wish him and his family all the very best." - Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

"His leadership of National has been exceptional and he leaves an amazing legacy of a country that is now the envy of many others in the world." - National Party president Peter Goodfellow

"A very good man. Sad to see him go." - Former Australian rugby international and journalist Peter FitzSimons

" Valerie for PM." - Olympic dual shot put gold medalist Valerie Adams


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