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Leaving the Dunedin Railway Station took Prime Minister John Key longer than usual yesterday as he was mobbed by tourists and city visitors seeking a photo of themselves with Mr Key.
People waited in line for their photograph opportunity, including a group dressed in pink which Mr Key embraced.
A visiting Chinese delegation had patiently waited outside so they could applaud Mr Key as he left for his next appointment.
He had been visiting the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, upstairs in the station with some athletes named on the honour role.
They included former Silver Fern and player Lois Muir and former captain Joan Harnett, swimmer Dave Gerard and former New Zealand hockey captain Jenny McDonald.
Mr Key said the hall of fame was a ''little gem'' he would promote in the future.