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New dwelling consents reach seven-year high in 2014
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 January 2015

Building Consents Issued: December 2014  –  Media Release

A total of 24,680 new dwellings were consented in 2014, up 16 percent from 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today.

"The annual number of new dwellings is at its highest level since 2007. This was mainly driven by increases in Auckland and Canterbury," business indicators manager Neil Kelly said.

The regions that consented the most new dwellings in 2014 were:

  • Auckland – 7,595 (up 20 percent from 2013)
  • Canterbury – 7,308 (up 27 percent)
  • Waikato – 2,369 (up 5.5 percent).

The total value of building work consented in 2014 was $14.6 billion (up 21 percent from 2013). This consisted of:

  • $9.5 billion of residential work (up 20 percent from 2013)
  • $5.1 billion of non-residential work (up 21 percent).

The new non-residential floor space consented in 2014 could cover 377 rugby fields.

New dwelling consents drop slightly in December

In December 2014, a total of 2,199 new dwellings were consented, including 466 apartments.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented decreased 2.1 percent. Excluding apartments, this number was up 1.6 percent.

The trend for the number of new dwellings, including apartments, is showing signs of increasing after a brief dip in the middle of 2014.

In December, almost $1.3 billion of building work was consented – $833 million of residential work and $431 million of non-residential work.

Data for building consents is obtained from all territorial authorities.

Ends

For media enquiries contact: Neil Kelly, Christchurch 03 964 8700, info@stats.govt.nz

Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 30 January 2015

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