The government is unlikely to focus on increasing the number of state houses over its current term, but will be working with non-government organisations (NGOs) and the community sector on the provision of cheap social housing, Prime Minister John Key says.
Key is set to kick of discussions with the Green Party today on possible areas the two parties can work together on during the next three years, following a memorandum of understanding between the two last term which saw the implementation of a joint home insulation policy.
The Green Party contested this year's election with a policy to build 3,000 more state houses a year over the next three years, a policy which does not look like being accepted around the negotiating table with National.
Speaking to media in Parliament Buildings in Wellington today, Key said the government would look to continue a policy enacted last term to upgrade the existing state housing stock, but said it was unlikely the government would ramp up a state house building programme.
"We may at the margins build some more - we did last time, it was under a thousand though," Key said.
"I don't anticipate us greatly increasing the state housing stock. I do see us improving the quality. We have committed to insulating every home that isn't insulated, and also continuing with the refurbishment programme," he said.
"We're also going to work with the community sector, and build more NGO-based social housing, but I don't see us dramatically increasing the state housing stock," he said.