Social media was quick to react when Prime Minister John Key dropped his political bombshell today.
When word went out that Mr Key's weekly post-Cabinet news conference was going to be held hours early, plenty of speculation followed:
PM has called a 1245 presser. Is the reshuffle on?— Andrea Vance (@avancenz) December 4, 2016
Why is the PM holding an urgent 1245pm press conference. Get your bets in fast. pic.twitter.com/LHjL4uXgCK— Toby Manhire (@toby_etc) December 4, 2016
And then Mr Key dropped his bombshell:
Prime Minister John Key has resigned. @rnz_news— Mei Heron (@meiheron) December 4, 2016
Politicians in New Zealand and overseas were quick to offer their thoughts:
John Key has served New Zealand generously and with dedication. I wish him and his family the best for the future.— Andrew Little (@AndrewLittleMP) December 5, 2016
I fought every day against John's politics but always supported his right to be a dad & a husband first. I wish him and his family well.— Metiria Turei (@metiria) December 5, 2016
Congratulations @johnkeypm on outstanding service as PM of NZ.— Joe Hockey (@JoeHockey) December 5, 2016
Your country is stronger and richer.
I really enjoyed working with you.
Some were saddened by the news:
Sad about John Key but will be excited if Judith Collins stands as leader— Carolyn Farrell (@EnglishRoseNZL) December 5, 2016
First we lose Paul Henry and now John Key?? Wtf is going on in this world??!!— Steven Yee (@stevenyee123) December 5, 2016
We have been so lucky to have had John Key. The poison of identity politics could not work against his patent decency— Stephen Franks (@franks_lawyer) December 5, 2016
But there were those that could barely contain themselves:
I know this extreme joy is going to be replaced by rock bottom depression when his replacement is announced. But still. I'm taking it YAYYYY— Sim (@nz_sim) December 5, 2016
It's fitting that I would be wearing this Red Peak shirt on the day that John Key resigned. Good riddance.— Mike Jeffcott (@mwjeffcott) December 5, 2016
And then, of course, the jokers had some fun:
John key stepping down to record mixtape with son Max. Says he's looking forward to writing beats not policies.— Lucy Kate Smith (@LucyKateSmith1) December 5, 2016
John Key has been at the ponytail end of his political career— Geoffrey Miller (@GeoffMillerNZ) December 5, 2016
In the end, we are all this internet cat: