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John Key's outlook, goals for the next three years

Monday 22 Sep 2014 8:38 p.m.

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Just 48 hours after New Zealand's general election, John Key sat down with John Campbell in Wellington after he was elected for another three years as Prime Minister.

"I will lead a Government that will govern for all New Zealanders" was a quote from Mr Key's acceptance speech that stood out for many.

"I wrote the speech that was delivered on Saturday night because I wanted them to be my words and it was how I felt," says Mr Key.

Mr Key says he believes he has made a difference over the past six years, though he knows he has his critics.

"There will be some New Zealanders who say, 'Well, he may have made a difference, but not positively to my life."

To them Mr Key says "[We in National] have certainly tried our best to do that".

But he knows he must now carve his legacy.

"Helen Clarke will be remembered for the Cullen Fund or the Working For Families," he says. "If it all ends on Saturday night, I would like to be remembered for leadership around the Christchurch earthquakes and [getting through] the global financial crisis."

Robert Muldoon's ambition, "to leave the country in no worse shape than I found it", Mr Key describes as having an incredibly low ambition.

"I want to leave the country in better shape than I found it," he says.

My Key tells Campbell Live he will now try and work with other parties, saying it is important for there to be a parliamentary majority to pass legislation.

"Just passing everything by the barest of majorities isn't the right way to govern a country, and I certainly don't think that would deliver a potential fourth term in Government.

"Of course the Opposition will say that the Government doesn't listen and that it's arrogant."

He also wants to harness some of the lessons learned from the campaign to improve the next three years, and look at what poor voter turnout says about New Zealanders.

"I think something people think that their individual vote won't influence anything," says Mr Key. "Nationally, if you look at the trend [of voting] it's reducing, which is very sad."

He sees the drop in turnout as especially bad for democracy, as it "means that people aren't quite as engaged as they should be or they don't believe that their political leaders can make a difference when they absolutely can".

Mr Key was quick to brush off criticism surrounding New Zealand's growing housing crisis, saying housing will always be a struggle in New Zealand.

"Everyone borrows too much, spends too much and has higher expectation than they can deliver for their first home.

"But you can get people in their [first home] and I actually do think that Homestart as a programme is good because it's highly efficient," say Mr Key. "You can literally go into Homestart, be with your partner in KiwiSaver for five years and pull out what's going to be the better part of a $50,000 deposit."

He believes the Government's job is to get on top of the land release and the building sector.

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