Newshub political editor Patrick Gower sums up the past decade of John Phillip Key, "the politician who defied political gravity".
It all began 15 years ago, the back-story had it all: a self-made multi-millionaire who grew up in a state house raised by a solo-mum.
It was up, up, up, and after three terms it was over and out.
He had a vice-like grip on the centre voter, he was a pragmatic politician who loved being popular.
He missed his two big goals - the flag and the TPP.
His legacy in his own words: a more confident New Zealand that punches above its weight. A reflection of himself.
Key went out on top like no other politician you can think of, he got out on his own terms.