Covid-19 turned New Zealand, and the world, upside down. Sending the country into a national lockdown.
In politics, the National Party was riven by internal divisions, starting the year with Simon Bridges as leader and ending with Judith Collins.
In between, Todd Muller was at the helm for just 53 days.
And in October, after a Covid-hampered General election campaign, Labour won in a landslide victory.
Our photographers also captured floods, fires, demonstrations and some lighter moments in New Zealand life.
Here are some of their images.
On 25 March the nation went into level 4 lockdown as the government pursued a policy of Covid eradication.
Southern Motorway, Auckland, 8 April 2020. RNZ / Simon Rogers
Auckland’s Takapuna Beach on the morning of 26 March RNZ / Dan Cook
Auckland on the morning of 26 March, on the first day of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown RNZ / Dan Cook
David Clark after announcing he is stepping down as minister of health. RNZ /Dom Thomas
Paula Bennett retires from politics. RNZ/Dan Cook
Todd Muller was National Party leader for 53 days. RNZ / Dom Thomas
Judith Collins is elected leader just weeks before a general election. RNZ / Samuel Rillstone
On the campaign trail
Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson on the campaign trail RNZ / Dom Thomas
Judith Collins in Hamilton 14 October. RNZ / Dom Thomas
Jacinda Ardern (middle), Kelvin Davis (L) and Shane Jones (R) on the campaign trail. RNZ / Dom Thomas
ACT Party leader David Seymour, on the Election 2020 campaign trail, in Cardrona, Otago. September. RNZ / Dom Thomas
Judith Collins and supporters. RNZ / Sam Rillstone
Winston Peters at a campaign event in Taupō. RNZ / Simon Rogers
Election night and aftermath
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern at the Auckland Town Hall on election night. RNZ / Dom Thomas
Judith Collins concedes. 2020 Getty Images
Celebrations at the ACT party headquarters RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly
Green Party MPs outside Parliament RNZ / Samuel Rillstone
Megan Woods and Grant Robertson in post-election in good spirits. RNZ / Dom Thomas
We would get to know this face well over the course of the year. RNZ / Dom Thomas
Crayfisher Troy Bramley. RNZ /Dom Thomas
Nanaia Mahuta RNZ / Dom Thomas
New Zealand sprinters Eddie Osei-Nketia and Joseph Millar at training. RNZ / Dom Thomas
Fire engineer Dr Kevin Frank. RNZ /Dom Thomas
Popping a manu off Waitangi’s one-lane bridge, Waitangi Day RNZ/Simon Rogers
Joseph Tavita Ogotau-Wright holding a Nuien flag at OurMarch in Auckland RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly
Dafena Alo from McAuley High at the rally for inter-school peace RNZ / Leilani Momoisea
Mary Adeosun at a Black Lives Matter protest in Auckland. RNZ / Mabel Muller
Fire and flood
Wellington’s famous ‘Anarchist House’ on fire. RNZ / Dom Thomas
A helicopter drops water on a fire near lake Pukaki in August. RNZ / Nathan Mckinnon
The Napier floods caused havoc in December. RNZ / Dom Thomas