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Building Consents Issued: June 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  29 July 2009
Commentary

Residential buildings

In June 2009, consents were issued for:

  • 1,100 new dwelling units, including apartment units
  • 967 new dwelling units, excluding apartment units
  • 133 new apartment units (68 percent were assisted-living apartment units associated with retirement villages).

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised rose 3.0 percent in June 2009, after falling 3.2 percent in May 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, excluding apartments, has flattened in recent months.

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in June 2009 fell 9.5 percent, after rising 3.0 percent in May 2009 and 11 percent in April 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, including apartments, has been increasing slightly since January 2009 after a series of falls that began in June 2007.

Graph, New dwellings authorised including apartment units.

For the year ended June 2009, consents were issued for 14,175 new dwellings, including apartments. This was the lowest annual number for a June year since the monthly series began in April 1965.

The value of residential building consents was $385 million in June 2009, 18 percent lower than in June 2008. The trend for the value has fallen 44 percent since its peak in June 2007.

Regional residential results

Fewer new dwelling units were authorised in 11 of New Zealand's 16 regions in June 2009 compared with June 2008. Numbers fell by 189 units (20 percent) in the North Island, and by 91 units (21 percent) in the South Island.

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

  • Auckland, with 191 units (down 178)
  • Canterbury, with 174 units (down 52)
  • Waikato, with 124 units (down 48).

Hawke's Bay, with 127 units, had the largest increase (up 81 units). The increase was mainly due to 75 assisted-living apartment units. No consents were issued for apartments in Hawke's Bay in June 2008.

Graph, New dwellings authorised by region.

For the year ended June 2009, all regions had fewer dwelling units authorised compared with the previous year. The regions with the largest decreases were:

  • Auckland, down 2,557 units (44 percent) to 3,212
  • Canterbury, down 1,583 units (41 percent) to 2,242
  • Waikato, down 1,250 units (42 percent) to 1,761. 

Non-residential buildings

The value of non-residential building consents was $307 million in June 2009, a decrease of 7.4 percent compared with June 2008. This value is the lowest monthly value since September 2007. April and May 2009 had the two highest monthly values since the series began.

Four of the 11 building types recorded increases in June 2009 compared with June 2008. The largest increases were:

  • education buildings, up $26 million
  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, up $19 million.

Hotels and other short-term accommodation had the largest decrease, down $28 million.

For the year ended June 2009, the value of non-residential building consents was $4,717 million, a 7.6 percent increase from the year ended June 2008.

Five of the 11 building types recorded increases in the year ended June 2009 compared with the year ended June 2008. The largest increases were:

  • offices and administration buildings, up $327 million
  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, up $235 million.

Storage buildings had the largest decrease, down $142 million.

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings authorised.  

The three largest contributors to the value of non-residential building consents authorised for the year ended June 2009 were:

  • offices and administration buildings, at 26 percent
  • education buildings, at 12 percent
  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, at 11 percent.

All buildings

In June 2009, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $692 million, a decrease of 14 percent compared with June 2008.

Graph, Monthly values including alterations and additions. Graph, Annual values including alterations and additions.

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

  • all buildings was $9,829 million, down $1,855 million (16 percent)
  • residential buildings was $5,112 million, down $2,187 million (30 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $4,717 million, up $332 million (8 percent).

 

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Building Consents Issued: July 2009 will be released on 28 August 2009.

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