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Building Consents Issued: October 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 November 2009
Commentary

Residential buildings

In October 2009, consents were issued for:

  • 1,424 new dwelling units, including apartments
  • 1,321 new dwelling units, excluding apartments
  • 103 new apartment units (75 were assisted-living apartments associated with retirement villages).

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in October 2009 rose 11 percent, after rising 3.5 percent in September 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised (excluding apartments) has been increasing since March 2009 (up 34 percent), following a series of falls that began in July 2007.

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in October 2009 rose 12 percent, after rising 5.5 percent in September 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised (including apartments) has increased since the low in January 2009 (up 21 percent), following a series of falls that began in June 2007.

 Graph, New dwellings authorised, including apartment units, monthly,  2002–2009.

The value of residential building consents was $481 million in October 2009, 9.5 percent higher than in October 2008. The trend for the value of residential building consents has increased since April 2009 (up 18 percent), following falls that began in July 2007.

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Regional residential results

More new dwelling units were authorised in 12 of New Zealand's 16 regions in October 2009 compared with October 2008. Numbers rose by 181 units (23 percent) in the North Island and by 70 units (18 percent) in the South Island.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Auckland, with 291 units (up 86)
  • Otago, with 127 units (up 50, all of which are apartment units)
  • Taranaki, with 69 units (up 41).

The regions with the largest decreases were:

  • Bay of Plenty, with 93 units (down 14)
  • Southland, with 27 units (down 12)
  • Gisborne, with 11 units (down 6).

 Graph, New dwellings authorised, by region, October month 2007–2009.

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Non-residential buildings

The value of non-residential building consents was $329 million in October 2009, a 5.6 percent decrease compared with October 2008. Seven of the 11 building types recorded decreases in the value of consents compared with October 2008. 

The largest decreases were:

  • farm buildings, down $26 million 
  • factories and industrial buildings, down $20 million.

The largest increases were:

  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, up $57 million, mainly due to sports facilities
  • hostels and boarding houses, up $18 million.

 Graph, Value of non-residential buildings authorised, by building type, October month 2007–2009.

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

  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, at 26 percent
  • education buildings, at 21 percent
  • offices and administration buildings, at 17 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.

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All buildings

In October 2009, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $810 million, a 2.8 percent increase compared with October 2008.  The value of residential building consents was 59 percent of all building consents in October 2009, compared with a monthly average of 52 percent for the previous 12 months.

 Graph, Monthly values, including alterations and additions, 2007–2009.    Graph, Annual values, including alterations and additions, year ended October 2007–2009.

 

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

  • all buildings was $9,494 million, down $1,561 million (14 percent)
  • residential buildings was $4,980 million, down $1,599 million (24 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $4,514 million, up $39 million (0.9 percent).

 

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: November 2009 will be released on 14 January 2010.

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