PHOTO: ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF – Housing Minister Phil Twyford, state house tenant Vinise Nysee, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Rongotai MP Paul Eagle cut a cake at the announcement at the first state home in Wellington.

The new Government has put a full stop on state house sales today, halting a 2,500-house transfer in Christchurch.

Making the announcement at the famous first state home in Miramar, Wellington, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said housing was at the core of her Government’s agenda.

“Our belief is that housing is at the heart of what makes our community strong, and everyone deserves to have a warm, dry and affordable home.”