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Canterbury consents hit new high
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 October 2013

Building Consents Issued: September 2013  –  Media Release

In September, the Canterbury region consented the highest number of new dwellings in 37 years, Statistics New Zealand said today.

A total of 599 new dwellings were consented in Canterbury – the largest number since records began in April 1976.

“Christchurch was the main driver of this month’s increase, with a record number of 309 new houses and apartments consented,” industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said.

Across the country, 1,860 new dwellings were consented, with Auckland and Canterbury accounting for 58 percent of the total.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings, excluding apartments, rose 2.6 percent in September.

Excluding apartments, the trend for consented new dwellings is at its highest level in more than five years, but the increase has been easing over the past few months.

September quarter

The total value of all building work consented in New Zealand in the September 2013 quarter was $3.2 billion. This comprised:

  • $2.1 billion of residential building work (the highest ever value)
  • $1.1 billion of non-residential building work.

Building consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury were valued at $60 million in the September month, and included 42 new dwellings.

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 31 October 2013

Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician
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