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Building Consents Issued: June 2016
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  29 July 2016
Commentary

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

New dwellings up in June

In June 2016, a total of 2,752 new dwellings were consented, comprising:

  • 1,863 houses
  • 364 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 289 retirement village units
  • 236 apartments.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings rose 16 percent, following a 0.1 percent rise in May. The trend is increasing.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number rose 4.9 percent, following a 4.6 percent fall in May. The trend is increasing.

Both trends are at their highest level since mid-2004, having increased substantially since the low point in early 2011.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, January 2001 to June 2016.

New dwellings up in 12 of 16 regions

In 12 of the 16 regions, the number of new dwellings consented in June 2016 was higher than in June 2015. The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Auckland – up 217 (31 percent) to 921
  • Wellington – up 187 (213 percent) to 275, including 159 retirement village units
  • Waikato – up 128 (62 percent) to 335
  • Bay of Plenty – up 101 (70 percent) to 246.

The number in Canterbury was 467 – down 77 (14 percent) from June 2015.

Nationally, 2,752 new dwellings were consented – up 710 (35 percent) from June 2015.

Graph, New dwellings consented, June month, by region, 2014 to 2016.

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented in Auckland appears to have tailed off since late 2015. Wellington’s trend appears to be increasing, driven by consents for retirement village units. The trends for Waikato and the rest of the North Island are increasing.

For Canterbury, the trend has decreased 18 percent since the peak in late 2014, but remains at a historically high level. The trend for the rest of the South Island shows little change over the past year.

Note: Trend movements, particularly for recent months, may be revised when we add future months to the series.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, June 2009 to June 2016.

Annual dwelling consents up 16 percent

In the year ended June 2016, 29,097 new dwellings were consented, up 16 percent from the June 2015 year. This is the highest annual total since April 2005. Most growth was in Auckland and nearby regions, while the number in Canterbury decreased.

The annual total consisted of:

  • 20,828 houses (up 16 percent from the June 2015 year)
  • 3,802 townhouses, flats, and units (up 15 percent)
  • 2,261 apartments (up 13 percent)
  • 2,206 retirement village units (up 14 percent).

Graph, New dwellings consented, by building type, year ended June 2012 to 2016.

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total $3.7 billion

Since September 2010, $3.7 billion of Canterbury’s consents have been identified as earthquake-related building consents. This includes consents for 4,513 new dwellings.

Not all earthquake-related consents can be identified. For comparison, total figures for Canterbury from September 2010 to June 2016 were:

  • $18 billion of building consents (all construction)
  • 29,936 new dwellings consented.

In June 2016, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $40 million (of a total of $466 million for Canterbury). This included 40 new dwellings (of a total of 467).

Graph, Value of building consents in Canterbury, including alterations, additions, and non-building construction, monthly, June 2009 to June 2016.

Non-residential building consents valued at $739 million

The value of consents for non-residential buildings in June 2016 was $739 million – up $285 million (63 percent) from June 2015. The largest contributors to the latest month’s value were:

  • hospitals, nursing homes, and other health buildings – $224 million (boosted by a $180 million consent for the new Acute Services Building at Christchurch Hospital)
  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings – $107 million
  • education buildings – $106 million.

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, by building type (including alterations and additions), June month 2014 to 2016.

In the year to June 2016, the regions that contributed the highest value of non-residential building consents were:

  • Auckland – $2.1 billion
  • Canterbury – $1.9 billion
  • Wellington – $518 million.

Graph, Value of non-residential building consents, including alterations and additions, year ended June, by region, 2014 to 2016.

Consents for all buildings total $1.8 billion in June

The total value of building work consented in June 2016 was $1.8 billion. This comprised $1.1 billion of residential work, and $739 million of non-residential work.

For the year ended June 2016, compared with the year ended June 2015, the value of buildings consented increased for:

  • all buildings – up $2.7 billion (18 percent) to $18 billion
  • residential buildings – up $1.9 billion (19 percent) to $12 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $779 million (15 percent) to $6.1 billion.

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended June 2012 to 2016.

Data for building consents is obtained from all territorial authorities in New Zealand.

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

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