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Building Consents Issued: June 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 July 2017
Key facts

New dwellings

In June 2017, building consents were issued for 2,560 new dwellings:

  • 1,691 houses
  • 379 townhouses, flats, and units
  • 268 apartments
  • 222 retirement village units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 1.0 percent.

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is increasing. It reached a 12-year high in mid-2016, but decreased towards the end of the year.

Increases in the national trend are not yet reflected at a regional level. The volatility of the regional trends means they take longer to reflect underlying changes. In Auckland, the trend is showing signs of decreasing. In Canterbury, the trend has fallen 40 percent since the series peak in late 2014 as the post-earthquake residential rebuild winds down.

Including alterations, the value of building work consented in the June 2017 month was $1.5 billion, comprising $1,050 million of residential work, and $451 million of non-residential work. 

In the year ended June 2017, 30,453 new dwellings were consented – up 4.7 percent from the June 2016 year.  

Non-residential

In the year ended June 2017, non-residential building consents totalled $6.2 billion – up 1.6 percent from the June 2016 year.

Including alterations, the non-residential building types with the highest values were:

  • offices, administration, and public transport buildings – $1,248 million
  • education buildings – $1,105 million
  • storage buildings – $707 million
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $698 million.

The non-residential building types with the greatest change in the June 2017 year were:

  • hotels, motels, and other short-term accommodation buildings – up $335 million
  • hospitals, nursing homes, and other health buildings – down $214 million
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – down $206 million
  • factories and industrial buildings – up $174 million.

By region, the value of non-residential buildings consented in the June 2017 year were:

  • Auckland – $2,238 million
  • Canterbury – $1,448 million
  • Rest of North Island – $770 million
  • Rest of South Island – $709 million
  • Wellington – $664 million
  • Waikato – $412 million.

In the year ended June 2017, the value of all building consents was $19.0 billion, comprising $12.8 billion of residential work, and $6.2 billion of non-residential work.

See also:

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0231
31 July 2017

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