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The resignation of National Party leader Todd Muller sent shock waves through New Zealand politics and left his party scrambling. How did it come to this?

Over the past month, Herald senior writers interviewed Muller and those who know him best. Here, they trace his life and career from boyhood in Te Puna to the burning spotlight of political leadership

There is a tale about Todd Muller's time as a staffer in Prime Minister Jim Bolger's office in the 1990s - that he once sat in Bolger's chair and announced it would be his.

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THE BOY FROM TE PUNA

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FIRST TASTE OF POLITICS

INTO THE BEEHIVE: The 'effervescent' staffer in the Prime Minister's office

RETURN TO NEW ZEALAND: Swapping the backpack for the suit

THEN THERE WERE TWO: Todd meets Michelle

INTO PARLIAMENT

INTO OPPOSITION: A tragedy and new opportunities

The rise and fall of the 13th leader of the National Party