Donald Trump as US president, Bill English as Prime Minister and more hot weather. Here are RNZ reporters' picks for what might happen in 2017.
Prime Minister Bill English will try to win favour with middle and lower income New Zealand with bold budget policies for social equity.
Jacinda Ardern will romp to victory in the Mt Albert by-election on 25 February.
Kingmaker Winston Peters strikes again. After the general election in September, Mr Peters will court Labour, but, given their Greens allegiance, he'll likely go with National in exchange for a top job.
The economy will continue to grow, then hit a wall in the second half of the year as a Trump-style shock hits the global economy and concerns about the eurozone (specifically Italy) and China's economic health pose a threat.
There will be a significant company failure.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will officially notify the European Union that Brexit is happening. Britain will regret its decision, mainly because of the cost and complexity.
Climate change will spell another record hot year, including for New Zealand. More species will edge towards extinction, Arctic sea ice will melt in winter and more coral will die. There will be at least one megastorm.
Seventeen years after last winning sailing's America's Cup, Team New Zealand will captivate the nation in May and June when they compete in Bermuda. We're feeling optimistic - they will win.
The Hurricanes (or at least a New Zealand team) will be crowned Super Rugby champions.
Golfer Lydia Ko will lose her number one world ranking, but it will not change her star status.
Joseph Parker will suffer his first loss as a professional boxer, but will keep his dual national hero status (in NZ and Samoa).
The Kiwis will not make the final of the Rugby League World Cup.
The Lions tour hits New Zealand in June and July. The All Blacks will win the test matches 3-0.
Around the nation
Tourism numbers will put a strain on small towns - and their ablution facilities. Freedom campers will cop much of the blame.
Aftershocks, prepare for them.
Central Wellington buildings owners, council and insurers will argue about who should pay for seismic strengthening.
Wellington Airport's bid to extend the runway will get tied up in court wrangling.
Auckland house prices will keep marching upwards. Auckland's Task Force on Housing will make recommendations on how to accelerate building, but the house shortage will continue to worsen.
A government inquiry will get to the bottom of the Havelock North drinking water contamination.
Kaikōura will get back on its feet. Tourists will trickle back (some will not have heard about the earthquake), at least one business will quit the town, but once the marina is repaired things will look up. Repairs to State Highway 1, north of Kaikōura, will still be going when 2017 ends.
Christchurch's anchor projects will creak forward. The new Justice Precinct will open, while the Convention Centre, Metro Sports Facility and East Frame homes will start in earnest. A plan will finally emerge for the languishing ChristChurch Cathedral.
Dunedin fur seals will become even more emboldened and start sleeping in upmarket cafes.
Queenstown's traffic woes will get some relief with the first stage of the $22 million eastern access road opening. Plans for a $60m publicly-funded convention centre will get dropped in favour of a private one by Remarkables Park Town Centre.
Otago will get a shockingly early - and an appallingly late - snow dumping.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt will start riding a push-scooter to council meetings.