The top five things we love about Bill English according to TVNZ's Tim Wilson

National Party leader Bill English will be remembered for more than just his political prowess in his 27-year career, Tim Wilson from TVNZ1's Seven Sharp has counted down what he believes were his top five moments.

From charity boxing matches, to finding worldwide fame for a social media post about homemade tinned spaghetti pizza, Mr English has had a colourful career.

Was it one of those moments that made it to number one on Wilson's list? Or was it his tinder-dry Southland humour? Maybe it was the fact he has fathered six kids?

Watch the video embedded above to find out and see if you agree!

Seven Sharp’s Wilson looks back the former PM’s long political career. Source: Seven Sharp

Bill English reveals his biggest regret, talks about being a 'big softie' and worldwide social media fame in Seven Sharp interview

National Party leader Bill English has looked back on his storied political career on TVNZ1's Seven Sharp, after announcing his resignation today.

Speaking to hosts Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells, Mr English said it was a "privilege every day" to be in Parliament and admitted to having a soft side when asked about his tears during his resignation announcement.

Seven Sharp’s Wilson looks back the former PM’s long political career. Source: Seven Sharp

"I've always been a bit of a softie and when I talk about my family I find it difficult and they were there today which was great" he said.

Mr English says his family back his decision and he will be able to spend more time with his kids, who he said have pretty well developed political views, although "some of them are quite wrong."

After hitting worldwide fame for his social media post of a tinned spaghetti pizza he whipped up and documenting his infamous walk run routine, Barry asked Mr English if would now retire from social media.

"Look I think I'd better leave that space for the next leader," he said.

Wells asked what Mr English's biggest regret was, to which he admitted it was not winning the last election, however he had enjoyed every minute of his time in politics.

The PM’s message came during Parliament’s Question Time. Source: 1 NEWS

"It's a privilege every day to be a member of Parliament, even more so to be a Prime Minister and I'm just pleased that I valued it and used the opportunity every day."

Mr English says he’s “very happy” with his decision to step down as National Party leader. Source: Seven Sharp


Tonga's community in NZ pitches in to help raise funds for cyclone-ravaged homeland

The Tongan community in New Zealand is already pitching in to raise funds for those hit by Cyclone Gita back home.

Many homes and businesses in the capital, Nuku'alofa have been damaged or destroyed, communication is down in many areas and more than 75,000 residents are without power after the cyclone hit the kingdom overnight.

The New Zealand Warriors today attended a fundraising event as local efforts to help out kicked in. 

Tongan Advisory Council of New Zealand chairman Melino Maka has been involved in disaster relief efforts for the last 30 years, and he says the needs right now are simple. 

"Non-perishable food items like rice, noodles, tinned food - just the basics for day to day, and include in there some soap," he told 1 NEWS. 

The Methodist Church is organising sending supplies and is asking for donations at services this Sunday. 

The Red Cross says with a 1000 households seeking shelter, the best way for Kiwis to help is to donate directly to their Pacific Disaster Fund.

The relief efforts are set to be long term. 

"I just want to send a message to our family in Tonga - hang tight, help is on its way," Mr Maka said.

Many residents in the Pacific nation documented the extreme weather event. Source: 1 NEWS

The New Zealand Defence Force on its way to Tonga, an Air Force Hercules carrying relief supplies.

The Government has already committed $750,000 but more support is likely.

For Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa though, there are equal feelings of relief and pain.

"Most important for me is that both my parents are alive," she said.  

"There seems to be a whole lot of damage. My heart goes out to the people of Tonga. This is really personal to me. I was born and raised in Tonga, so to see that kind of devastation is really, really heartbreaking."

The New Zealand and Australian governments are also offering aid. Source: 1 NEWS