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Building Consents Issued: November 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  14 January 2010
Commentary

Residential buildings

In November 2009, consents were issued for:

  • 1,500 new dwelling units, including apartments
  • 1,458 new dwelling units, excluding apartments
  • 42 new apartment units.

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in November 2009 rose 3.1 percent, after rising 11 percent in October 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised (excluding apartments) has been increasing since March 2009 (up 43 percent), following a series of falls that began in July 2007.

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in November 2009 rose 1.2 percent, after rising 11 percent in October 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised (including apartments) has increased since the low in January 2009 (up 31 percent), following a series of falls that began in June 2007.

 

 Graph, new dwellings authorised, including apartment units, monthly, 2002–09.

 

The value of residential building consents was $537 million in November 2009, 18 percent higher than in November 2008. The trend for the value of residential building consents has increased since April 2009 (up 26 percent), following falls that began in July 2007.

Regional residential results

More new dwelling units were authorised in 13 of New Zealand's 16 regions in November 2009 compared with November 2008. In the North Island, numbers rose by 236 units (30 percent) bringing the number to 1,025 units, the highest since September 2008. In the South Island, numbers rose by 96 units (25 percent) bringing the number to 475 units, the highest since May 2008.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Canterbury, up 98 units to 287
  • Wellington, up 70 units to 143
  • Hawke's Bay, up 43 units to 77.

The only regions with fewer units authorised were Southland, Nelson, and Manawatu-Wanganui, all with decreases of 8 units or less.

 

 Graph, new dwellings authorised, by region, monthly, 2007–09.

Non-residential buildings

The value of non-residential building consents was $389 million in November 2009, a 2.3 percent decrease compared with November 2008. Eight of the 11 building types recorded decreases in the value of consents compared with November 2008. 

The largest decreases were:

  • storage buildings, down $39 million
  • farm buildings, down $22 million.

The largest increase was hospitals and nursing homes, up $88 million. This increase was mainly due to consents for several hospital projects. 

 

 Graph, value of non-residential buildings authorised, by building type (including alterations and additions), 2007–09.

 

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

  • offices and administration buildings, at 25 percent
  • hospitals and nursing homes, at 24 percent
  • education buildings, at 12 percent. 

Removal of non-residential trend series

The 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. This series is available on request.

All buildings

In November 2009, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $926 million, an 8.7 percent increase compared with November 2008.  The value of residential building consents was 58 percent of all building consents in November 2009, compared with a monthly average of 53 percent for the previous 12 months.

 Graph, monthly values, including alterations and additions, 2007–09.    Graph, annual values, including alterations and additions, year ended November, 2007–09.

 

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

  • all buildings was $9,568 million, down $1,242 million (11 percent)
  • residential buildings was $5,063 million, down $1,275 million (20 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $4,505 million, up $33 million (0.7 percent).

New seasonally adjusted and trend series

Building Consents Issued for December 2009, to be released on 29 January 2010, will include new quarterly seasonally adjusted and trend series. The changes are detailed in the 'Notices' section of Infoshare.

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

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Building Consents Issued: December 2009 will be released on 29 January 2010.

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