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Building Consents Issued: June 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 July 2010
Commentary

Residential buildings

Month

In June 2010, consents were issued for:

  • 1,373 new dwelling units, including apartments
  • 1,316 new dwelling units, excluding apartments
  • 57 new apartment units.

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in June 2010 rose 1.7 percent, after falling 10 percent in May 2010. The trend has been increasing since March 2009, but remains at a low level, and the rate of increase has been easing since July 2009.

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in June 2010 rose 3.5 percent, after falling 9.5 percent in May 2010. The trend has been increasing since January 2009, but remains at a low level.

Apartments contributed 4.2 percent to the number of new dwellings in June 2010, compared with a monthly average of 5.4 percent for the previous 12 months. Apartment numbers can vary considerably from month to month. 

 Graph, New dwellings authorised, Including apartment units, Monthly, 2000-2010.

The value of dwelling alterations and additions was $109 million in June 2010, the highest monthly figure since the series began in January 1991.

The value of residential building consents was $508 million in June 2010, 32 percent higher than in June 2009. The trend has been increasing since March 2009, following falls that began in July 2007.

Quarter

In the June 2010 quarter, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised, excluding apartments, rose 0.7 percent. This follows a rise of 3.4 percent in the March 2010 quarter. Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised fell 6.6 percent in the June 2010 quarter, following a fall of 0.1 percent in the March 2010 quarter.

The value of residential building consents was $1,470 million in the June 2010 quarter. The trend has been increasing since the March 2009 quarter, and is up 28 percent over this period.

 Graph, Value of residential buildings authorised, Including alterations and additions, Quarterly, 2000-2010

Annual

For the June 2010 year compared with the June 2009 year:

  • new dwelling units, including apartments, rose 14 percent to 16,167 units
  • new dwelling units, excluding apartments, rose 25 percent to 15,384 units, the second lowest annual total for a June year since the series began in 1991.  The June 2009 year was the lowest annual total. 
  • new apartment units fell 58 percent to 783 units, the lowest annual total for a June year since 1994.

The value of residential building consents was $5,737 million in the June 2010 year, an increase of 12 percent compared with the June 2009 year.

Regional residential results

More new dwelling units were authorised in 11 of New Zealand’s 16 regions in June 2010 compared with June 2009. In June 2010, numbers rose by 188 units (25 percent) in the North Island and by 85 units (26 percent) in the South Island. 

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Auckland, up 131 units to 322 (from a relatively low month in June 2009)
  • Canterbury, up 58 units to 232.

The region with the largest decrease was Hawke's Bay, down 82 units to 45 (75 assisted-living apartment units were authorised in June 2009).

For the year ended June 2010, nine of New Zealand's 16 regions had more dwelling units authorised compared with the previous year. The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Canterbury, up 729 units to 2,971
  • Auckland, up 444 units to 3,656.

The region with the largest decrease was Wellington, down 141 units to 1,413 units.

 Graph, New dwellings authorised, By region, Year ended June, 2008-2010.

 

Non-residential buildings

Month

The value of non-residential building consents was $228 million in June 2010, down 26 percent compared with June 2009. Six of the 11 building types recorded decreases in the value of consents in June 2010 compared with June 2009.

The largest decreases were:

  • education buildings, down $39 million
  • storage buildings, down $32 million
  • offices and administration buildings, down $25 million.

The largest increase was for shops, restaurants, and taverns, up $13 million.

The three largest contributors to the value of non-residential building consents authorised for June 2010 were:

  • shops, restaurants, and taverns, at 18 percent
  • factories and industrial buildings, at 15 percent
  • offices and administration buildings, at 15 percent.

The monthly trend series for the value of non-residential buildings has been removed from the tables and Infoshare for further analysis. The trend series is estimated after the removal of consents valued at $25 million or more and Statistics New Zealand is reviewing this practice. The monthly series is available on request.

Quarter

The trend for the value of non-residential building consents has been falling since the June 2009 quarter, and is down 32 percent over this period. The quarterly trend series for the value of non-residential buildings is estimated without the removal of large value consents.

 Graph, Value of non-residential buildings authorised, Including alterations and additions, Quarterly, 2000-2010.

Annual

For the year ended June 2010, the value of non-residential building consents was $3,860 million, a decrease of 18 percent compared with the June 2009 year. Eight of the 11 building types recorded decreases in the value of consents compared with the June 2009 year. The largest decreases were:

  • offices and administration buildings, down $521 million (some large consents, including the Christchurch International Airport development, contributed to this category in the June 2009 year)
  • factories and industrial buildings, down $155 million.

The largest increase was for hospitals and nursing homes, up $174 million.

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings authorised, By building type (inlcuding alterations and additions), Year ended June, 2008-2010.

The three largest contributors to the value of non-residential building consents authorised for the June 2010 year were:

  • offices and administration buildings, at 18 percent
  • education buildings, at 17 percent
  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, at 16 percent.

All buildings

In the June 2010 month, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $736 million, a 6.4 percent increase compared with June 2009.

 Graph, Monthly values, Including alterations and additions, 2000-2010.    Graph, Annual values, Including alterations and additions, Year ended June.

 

For the year ended June 2010 compared with the year ended June 2009, the total value of consents issued for:

  • all buildings was $9,598 million, down $231 million (2.4 percent)
  • residential buildings was $5,737 million, up $625 million (12 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $3,860 million, down $857 million (18 percent).

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

Next release ...

Building Consents Issued: July 2010 will be released on 31 August 2010.

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