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Building Consents Issued: April 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 June 2011
Highlights
  • While the overall level of consents is low, with many series still decreasing, there are signs that the decline in residential consents is easing.
  • 893 new dwellings, excluding apartments, were authorised, down 32 percent compared with April 2010.
  • Similarly, the trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, excluding apartments, has fallen nearly one-third since March 2010. However, the rate of decline is easing.
  • The seasonally adjusted number rose 3.8 percent in April 2011, and rose 3.3 percent in March 2011.
  • The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, including apartments, has also fallen nearly one-third since April 2010, to the lowest level since this series began in 1982.
  • Compared with April 2010, the unadjusted value of residential building consents fell $126 million (26 percent), while non-residential building consents fell $75 million (23 percent).

 Graph, new dwellings authorised, excluding apartment units, monthly, March 2004 to April 2011.

Geoff Bascand 3 June 2011
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0231
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