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New housing consents up in Canterbury
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 April 2013

Building Consents Issued: March 2013  –  Media Release

New housing consents continued to rise in Canterbury, reaching 444 in March 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today. 

“Across the Canterbury region, the number of new houses consented reached a six-year high,” industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said.

“Both Waimakariri and Selwyn districts each broke records with their highest monthly totals since the series began in April 1990.”

While there were record highs in Canterbury, the number of new houses consented nationally fell in March, compared with March 2012, with only 16 new apartments. This is the lowest monthly number of apartments since February 2010, although numbers continue to vary a lot from month to month.

“If we look at the long-term picture, the trend for new house numbers has been positive for two years,” said Mr Cardno, “but the rate of growth has slowed in recent months.”

The seasonally adjusted number of new houses, including apartments, fell 9.1 percent in March, after a 4.4 percent rise in February. Monthly changes in the seasonally adjusted number can be volatile, partly as apartment numbers rise and fall.

Housing consent numbers for March 2013, compared with March 2012, were:

  • 1,475 new houses, including apartments (down 5.4 percent) 
  • 1,459 new houses, excluding apartments (up 4.7 percent)
  • 16 apartments (down 149 from 165).

Earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury were estimated at $51 million, including 57 new houses.

Non-residential building consents were valued at $365 million in March 2013, 20 percent higher than in March 2012. This was boosted by work on prisons in the Auckland region.

Data for building consents is obtained from all territorial authorities in New Zealand. 

Ends

 
For media enquiries contact: Authorised by:

Blair Cardno 
Christchurch 03 964 8700
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

Published 30 April 2013

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
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