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Building Consents Issued: August 2009
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  29 September 2009
Commentary

Residential buildings

In August 2009, consents were issued for:

  • 1,195 new dwelling units, including apartments
  • 1,165 new dwellings, excluding apartments
  • 30 new apartment units.

Excluding apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in August 2009 rose 2.8 percent, after rising 11.4 percent in July 2009. Although the level is still low, it is at its highest since September 2008. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, excluding apartments, has been increasing since March 2009, although it remains at a low level. 

Including apartments, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings authorised in August 2009 rose 1.7 percent, after rising 4.5 percent in July 2009. The trend for the number of new dwellings authorised, including apartments, has been increasing since January 2009, although it has eased in recent months.

Apartment units contributed 2.5 percent to the number of new dwellings in August 2009, compared with a monthly average of 13 percent for the previous 12 months. The number of apartments issued in August 2009 is the lowest since December 1995. Apartment numbers can vary considerably from month to month. 

 Graph, New dwellings authorised including apartment units, August 2009

The value of residential building consents was $440 million in August 2009, 3.6 percent lower than in August 2008. The trend has been increasing since March 2009 after a series of falls that began in July 2007.

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Regional residential results

Fewer new dwelling units were authorised in seven of New Zealand's 16 regions in August 2009 compared with August 2008. Numbers fell by 85 units (10 percent) in the North Island and by 48 units (11 percent) in the South Island.

The regions with the largest decreases in the number of new dwellings authorised for August 2009 compared with August 2008 were:

  • Wellington, with 108 units (down 65)
  • Auckland, with 216 units (down 60).

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Waikato, with 200 units (up 24)
  • Manawatu-Wanganui, with 49 units (up 15).

Graph, New dwellings authorised by region, August 2009

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Non-residential buildings

The value of non-residential building consents was $384 million in August 2009, a 5.9 percent increase compared with August 2008. Five of the 11 building types recorded increases in the value of consents compared with August 2008.

For August 2009 compared with August 2008, the largest increases were:

  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, up $44 million, boosted by several indoor sports facilities
  • education buildings, up $32 million.

The largest decreases were:

  • offices and administration buildings, down $24 million
  • factories and industrial buildings, down $14 million.

 Graph, Value of non-residential buildings authorised by building type, August 2009

The three largest contributors to the value of non-residential building consents authorised for August 2009 were:

  • social, cultural, and religious buildings, at 28 percent
  • education buildings, at 17 percent
  • offices and administration buildings, at 17 percent. 

Removal of non-residential trend series

The trend series for the value of non-residential buildings has been removed from the tables and Infoshare for further analysis. The series is estimated after the removal of consents valued at $25 million or more and Statistics New Zealand is reviewing this practice. This series is available on request.

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All buildings

In August 2009, the value of consents issued for all buildings was $824 million, a 0.6 percent increase compared with August 2008.

 Graph, Monthly Values including alterations and additions, August 2009    Graph, Annual Values, including Alterations and Additions, August 2009

 

For the year ended August 2009 compared with the year ended August 2008, the total value of consents issued for:

  • all buildings was $9,743 million, down $1,471 million (13 percent)
  • residential buildings was $5,017 million, down $1,817 million (27 percent)
  • non-residential buildings was $4,726 million, up $346 million (8 percent).

 

For technical information contact: 
Clara Eatherley or Tehseen Islam
Christchurch 03 964 8700
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

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Building Consents Issued: September 2009 will be released on 30 October 2009.

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