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Building Consents Issued: April 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 May 2017
Commentary

Figures given are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations unless otherwise stated. Values include GST and are not adjusted for inflation.

Dwelling consents fall in April driven by Easter

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 7.6 percent in April 2017, following a 1.2 percent fall in March and a 15 percent rise in February. The April fall was driven by the timing of Easter.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number fell 0.4 percent, following a 5.3 percent fall in March and a 14 percent rise in February.

In actual terms, 2,106 new dwellings were consented (down 11 percent from April 2016):

  • 1,487 houses
  • 345 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 228 apartments
  • 46 retirement village units.

The regions consenting the most new dwellings were:

  • Auckland – 726 (up 3.9 percent from April 2016)
  • Canterbury – 333 (down 49 percent, partly due to a spike in retirement village units in April 2016)
  • Waikato – 264 (up 1.1 percent).

Graph, New dwellings consented, by region, April month, 2015 to 2017.

Over 30,000 new dwellings consented annually

In the year ended April 2017, 30,371 new dwellings were consented – up 8.3 percent from 2016, but still 5.5 percent below the level reached in the April 2004 year and 23 percent below the series peak (for an April year) in 1974.

In the April 2017 year, Auckland consented 10,226 new dwellings – up 9.3 percent from the April 2016 year.

Graph, New dwellings consented, year ended April 1967 to 2017.

Dwellings trend shows signs of increasing

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is showing signs of increasing. It reached a 12-year high in mid-2016, but decreased towards the end of the year.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, January 2001 to April 2017.

However, increases in the national trend are not yet reflected at a regional level. The volatility of the regional trends means they take longer to reflect underlying changes.

In Canterbury, the trend has fallen 42 percent since the series peak in late 2014 as the post-earthquake residential rebuild winds down.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, January 2001 to April 2017.

Consents for all buildings total $1.3 billion in April

Including alterations, consents for all buildings totalled $1.3 billion in April 2017:

  • $921 million for residential buildings
  • $411 million for non-residential buildings.

In the year ended April 2017, consents for all buildings totalled $19.1 billion (up 12 percent from the April 2016 year):

  • $12.7 billion for residential buildings (up 13 percent)
  • $6.4 billion for non-residential buildings (up 9.7 percent).

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended April 2013 to 2017.

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For more detailed data, see the Excel tables in the 'Downloads' box.

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