John Key: Life as a lowly backbencher
After a prolonged summer holiday, former prime minister John Key is back to earth with a thud - returning to Parliament as a lowly backbencher.
Mr Key has been in Hawaii with his family, but he also found time to travel to Munich for some International Democratic Union meetings and pork knuckle.
The man who replaced Mr Key as Prime Minister, Bill English, tweeted a picture of himself and his former boss at Parliament on Tuesday.
The new Prime Minister wrote: "Checking in on one of our bright, young backbench MPs before the political year gets underway."
Mr Key will now have to endure political life without the grandiose trappings he's become accustomed to these past eight years, with a flash office on the ninth floor of the Beehive.
He's given up his spacious office for a far pokier room, and has many less staff to wait on him hand and foot.
As the National Party MP for Helensville, Mr Key's attentions will now switch from national and international matters to ones of a far more semi-rural and localised nature.
How are the locals of Kumeu dealing with that new takeaways shop?
How is the parking situation of that ever-popular craft beer restaurant in Riverhead?
Should the main turn-off to Muriwai Beach have a set of traffic lights?
Just some of the many questions Mr Key will soon be trying to get to grips with.