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Low housing consent numbers continue
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  29 May 2009

Building Consents Issued: April 2009  –  Media Release

Building consent statistics for the month of April 2009 show the trend for the number of new housing units authorised, excluding apartment units, continues to be at a low level, Statistics New Zealand said today. The trend is currently at its lowest level since this series began in January 1992, and has fallen by more than half since June 2007, although there are signs that the decline is easing.

The seasonally adjusted number of new housing units authorised, excluding apartments, rose 4.5 percent in April 2009.

In April 2009, there were 1,009 new housing units authorised, including 199 apartment units.

The value of non-residential consents ($530 million) for April 2009 is the highest recorded  since this series began in April 1965, but has been boosted by the Christchurch International Airport development.

Geoff Bascand 29 May 2009
Government Statistician

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