New PM Bill English won't live in Premier House

New Prime Minister Bill English (Simon Wong / Newshub.)
New Prime Minister Bill English (Simon Wong / Newshub.)

Incoming Prime Minister Bill English won't be moving into the official residence of the head of government, Premier House.

Instead, the Wellington-based List MP will stay living at his family home in the plush suburb of Karori.

"At the moment, it appears no [I won’t be moving into Premier House]. We're happy in the house we're in," says Mr English.

He says he'll sort out who will live at the state-owned residence "at a later date".

"It's yet to be sorted out. I'm sure it's on the minds of every New Zealander," he says.

He fielded a wide range of questions at his first news conference since being voted in a Prime Minister and National leader by the caucus on Monday morning.

They included meeting Pike River victims' families, his stance of superannuation and how he'd differ from John Key.

Asked if he might sell Premier House, Mr English replied: "No. And I think that brings the end of question time. Thank you very much."