Stats NZ has a new website.

For new releases go to

www.stats.govt.nz

As we transition to our new site, you'll still find some Stats NZ information here on this archive site.

  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+
Building Consents Issued: May 2010
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  29 June 2010
Commentary

Residential buildings

In May 2010, consents were issued for:

  • 1,360 new dwelling units, including apartments
  • 1,333 new dwelling units, excluding apartments
  • 27 new apartment units.

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in May 2010 fell 9.5 percent, after rising 13.4 percent in April 2010. The trend has been increasing since March 2009, but remains at a low level.

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in May 2010 fell 9.6 percent, after rising 8.4 percent in April 2010. The trend has been increasing since January 2009, but remains at a low level.

Apartments contributed 2.0 percent to the number of new dwellings in May 2010, compared with a monthly average of 7.1 percent for the previous 12 months. Apartment numbers can vary considerably from month to month. 

 Graph, New dwellings authorised, Including apartment units, Monthly, 2003-2010.

The value of residential building consents was $481 million in May 2010, 18 percent higher than in May 2009. The trend has increased since March 2009, following falls that began in July 2007.

Regional residential results

More new dwelling units were authorised in 11 of New Zealand’s 16 regions in May 2010 compared with May 2009. In May 2010, numbers rose by 46 units (5.2 percent) in the North Island and by 76 units (22 percent) in the South Island. 

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Waikato, up 74 units to 202
  • Wellington, up 64 units to 141
  • Canterbury, up 57 units to 237.

The regions with the largest decreases were:

  • Auckland, down 109 units to 321 (there were 223 less apartments in May 2010)
  • Bay of Plenty, down 19 units to 67.

 Graph, New dwellings authorised, By region, Monthly, 2008-2010.

 

Non-residential buildings

The value of non-residential building consents was $289 million in May 2010, a 40 percent decrease compared with May 2009. May 2009 recorded the second highest monthly value of non-residential building consents since the series began in April 1965, and was boosted by consents issued for sports stadiums around the country.

Nine of the 11 building types recorded decreases in the value of consents in May 2010 compared with May 2009.

The largest decreases were:

  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, down $69 million (sports stadiums contribute to this category)
  • hostels and boarding houses, down $46 million
  • offices and administration buildings, down $38 million.

The building types that recorded increases were:

  • miscellaneous buildings, up $20 million 
  • factories and industrial buildings, up $5.4 million.

 Graph, Value of non-residential buildings authorised, By building type (including alterations and additions), Monthly, 2008-2010.

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

  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, at 21 percent
  • offices and administration buildings, at 14 percent
  • shops, restaurants, and taverns, at 11 percent. 

Non-residential trend series

The monthly trend series for the value of non-residential buildings has been removed from the tables and Infoshare for further analysis. The 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. A quarterly trend series for the value of non-residential buildings is available.

All buildings

In May 2010, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $770 million, a 13 percent decrease compared with May 2009.

 Graph, Monthly values, Including alterations and additions, 2008-2010.    Graph, Annual values, Including alterations and additions, Year ended May, 2008-2010.

 

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

  • all buildings was $9,553 million, down $386 million (3.9 percent)
  • residential buildings was $5,614 million, up $416 million (8.0 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $3,940 million, down $802 million (17 percent).

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

Next release ...

Building Consents Issued: June 2010 will be released on 30 July 2010.

  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+
Top
  • Share this page to Facebook
  • Share this page to Twitter
  • Share this page to Google+