Watch: Birthday boy John Key's TV3 debut

Watch: Birthday boy John Key's TV3 debut

Today the Prime Minister celebrates his 55th birthday. 

We know everyone loves a good throwback, so Newshub took a look back through the archives to find what we think might be his first appearance on TV3. 

It came on March 18, 2002 - John Key was announced as the man to take over Brian Neeson, the National candidate for what used to be known as the Waitakere seat, now known as Helensville. 

Mr Key appears alongside then National Party president Michelle Boag in a somewhat ill-fitting suit. 

He's introduced as a "40-year-old millionaire" who's had political aspirations since his early 20s. 

Mr Key explains he knows Helensville is a "blue-ribbon National seat" but he's got "hard work to put in" to win it in the election which took place in November that year. 

His trademark accent is the same and one of his catchphrases - "the strong message" - even makes an appearance, however he does seem a little less confident as a rookie politician. 

He's come a long way since then, in November he'll be celebrating another milestone - 14 years in Parliament. 

Happy Birthday Prime Minister.