John Key's final speech to Parliament

Former Prime Minister John Key made his final speech in Parliament on Wednesday.

"My time here is done. I take away many memories of this most remarkable place. I'd like to think I leave having made a positive difference to the country and that's satisfying. I have few regrets in my life but one is that Mum did not live to see how it all turned out. I hope she would have been proud.

"So that's it. It's been a privilege, an honour, and a blast."

Mr Key also reflected on his mother's influence on his politics. 

"Mum taught me the things that allowed me to succeed that are echoed by so many Kiwi parents. That you get out of life what you put into it, that hard work can create opportunities and that you really can change your own life. Not by wishing it was different but by working to make it different."

He regrets voting against civil unions when in opposition, not getting the flag changed, and not getting the TPP across the line.

He's proud of voting for marriage equality, settling so many Treaty claims, and his government's response to the Christchurch quakes.

"The Christchurch earthquakes really hit home to me. It was my hometown and the death toll was so high. Right then New Zealand seemed a particularly vulnerable and fragile place."

He's had enough of the 3-way-handshake-selfies at university campuses.

He revealed he jumped out of an Air Force plane with a whole lot of paratroopers from 12,000 feet and didn't tell Bronagh, and his first death threat was faxed through, with the would-be assailant's phone number on the message.

He'll miss his diplomatic police officers picking up rogue golf balls.