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

Residential buildings

In September 2009, consents were issued for:

  • 1,430 new dwelling units, including apartments
  • 1,275 new dwellings, excluding apartments
  • 155 new apartment units (93 percent were assisted-living apartments associated with retirement villages).

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in September 2009 rose 2.8 percent, after rising 3.1 percent in August 2009. Although the level is still low, it is at its highest since August 2008. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, excluding apartments, has increased 23 percent since March 2009, following a 54 percent decrease between the recent peak in May 2007 and the low in March 2009. 

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in September 2009 rose 3.3 percent, after rising 1.8 percent in August 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, including apartments, has been increasing since January 2009, although it has eased in recent months.

 Graph, New Dwellings Authorised including Apartments, September 2009

For the September 2009 year, consents were issued for 13,616 new dwellings, including apartments, a 35 percent decrease from the September 2008 year.

The value of residential building consents was $480 million in September 2009, 14 percent lower than in September 2008. The trend has been increasing since March 2009 after a series of falls that began in July 2007.

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Regional residential results

Fewer new dwelling units were authorised in eight of New Zealand's 16 regions in September 2009 compared with September 2008. Numbers fell by 228 units (19 percent) in the North Island and rose by 22 units (5 percent) in the South Island.

The regions with the largest decreases were:

  • Wellington, with 80 units (down 208)
  • Northland, with 63 units (down 92)
  • Bay of Plenty, with 80 units (down 80).

The Auckland region, with 427 units, had the largest increase (up 160) in September 2009. The increase was mainly due to 155 new apartment unit consents issued during the month, compared with 37 in September 2008.

For the year ended September 2009, 15 of New Zealand's 16 regions had fewer dwelling units authorised compared with the previous year. The regions with the largest decreases were:

  • Auckland, down 1,679 units (34 percent) to 3,303
  • Wellington, down 1,124 units (49 percent) to 1,155
  • Canterbury, down 1,073 units (32 percent) to 2,271.

Tasman was the only region to have an increase, up 3 units (1 percent) to 241 new dwelling units.

 Graph, New Dwellings Authorised by Region, Year ended September

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Non-residential buildings

The value of non-residential building consents was $257 million in September 2009, the lowest monthly value since January 2007.

For the September 2009 year, six of the 11 building types recorded decreases in the value of consents compared with the September 2008 year. The largest decreases were:

  • storage buildings, down $156 million 
  • hotels and other short-term accommodation, down $128 million.

The largest increases were:

  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, up $190 million
  • offices and administration buildings, up $185 million.

 Graph, Value of Non-residential Buildings Authorised by Building type, Year ended September

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

  • offices and administration buildings, at 26 percent
  • education buildings, at 13 percent
  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, at 13 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 September 2009, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $737 million, a 27 percent decrease compared with September 2008.

 Graph, Monthly Values, September 2009    Graph, Annual Values, Year ended September

 

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

  • all buildings was $9,472 million, down $1,847 million (16 percent)
  • residential buildings was $4,939 million, down $1,849 million (27 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $4,533 million, up $2 million (0.1 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: October 2009 will be released on 30 November 2009.

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