John Key has announced that he will resign as Prime Minister of New Zealand, after eight years in the job. Prime Minister Key called it “the hardest decision i have ever made,” adding “I don’t know what i will do next.” Bill English is expected to take over until the national party holds a caucus to choose a new prime minister. John Key is stepping down at the request of his wife Bronagh, the New Zealand herald reports. He won a third term for the national party at elections in September 2014. John Key made the announcement during his weekly press conference and cited family reasons for the surprise decision. He set a date of 12 December for the formal resignation.