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Building Consents Issued: April 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  29 May 2009
Commentary

Residential buildings

In April 2009, consents were issued for:

  • 1,009 new dwellings, including apartments
  • 810 new dwellings, excluding apartments
  • 199 new apartments.

Apartments contributed 20 percent to the number of new dwellings authorised in April 2009, compared with a monthly average of 12 percent for the previous 12 months. The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings, including apartments, authorised in April 2009 rose 11 percent, after falling 1.7 percent in March 2009. 

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised rose 4.5 percent in April 2009, after falling 0.4 percent in March 2009. The trend for the number of authorised new dwellings, excluding apartments, has fallen 55 percent since the recent peak in June 2007, although the trend is starting to show signs of easing.
The value of residential building consents was $355 million in April 2009, 45 percent lower than in April 2008. The trend indicates that the value has fallen 45 percent since its peak in June 2007.For the year ended April 2009, residential building consents valued at $5,343 million were issued, a 31 percent decrease from the April 2008 year.

Regional residential results

In 15 of New Zealand's 16 regions, fewer new dwelling units were authorised in April 2009 than in April 2008. Numbers fell by 1,036 units (58 percent) in the North Island, and by 328 units (55 percent) in the South Island. Movements in the regional results for the monthly series should be treated with caution. There were a high number of apartments authorised in April 2008, which was the highest monthly total since March 2005. The regions most affected by this were Auckland and Wellington.

The regions with the largest decreases in the number of new dwellings authorised for April 2009 compared with April 2008 were:

  • Auckland, with 302 units, down 417 units (129 apartments in April 2009 compared with 383 apartments in April 2008)
  • Wellington, with 72 units, down 383 units (0 apartments in April 2009 compared with 326 apartments in April 2008)
  • Canterbury, with 139 units, down 171 units
  • Waikato, with 99 units, down 155 units.

Northland was the only region to show an increase with 117 units, up 24 units (70 apartments in April 2009 compared with 0 apartments in April 2008). 


Non-residential buildings

The value of non-residential building consents was $530 million in April 2009, an increase of 11 percent compared with April 2008. This is the highest monthly value of non-residential building consents since the series began in April 1965, but has been boosted by the Christchurch International Airport development. Four of the 11 building types recorded increases. The largest increases for April 2009 compared with April 2008 were:

  • offices and administration buildings, up $171 million (the Christchurch International Airport development contributed to this category)
  • hostels and boarding houses, up $29 million.

The largest decreases for April 2009 compared with April 2008 were:

  • factories and industrial buildings, down $58 million
  • hospitals and nursing homes, down $25 million

 

The three largest contributors to the value of non-residential building consents authorised in April 2009 were:

  • offices and administration buildings, at 52 percent
  • factories and industrial buildings, at 10 percent
  • education buildings, at 9 percent.  

All buildings

In April 2009, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $885 million, a decrease of 21 percent compared with April 2008. 

Graph, Monthly Values   Graph, Building Consents issued annual values

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For the year ended April 2009 compared with the April 2008 year, the total value of consents issued for:

  • all buildings was $9,959 million, down $2,215 million (18 percent)
  • residential buildings was $5,343 million, down $2,359 million (31 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $4,617 million, up $144 million (3.2 percent).

 

For technical information contact:
Clara Eatherley or Bill Humphrey
Christchurch 03 964 8700
Email: info@stats.govt.nz 


Next release ...

Building Consents Issued: May 2009 will be released on 29 June 2009.

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