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Building Consents Issued: December 2011
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  31 January 2012
Key facts

For December 2011 (compared with December 2010):

  • New dwelling numbers rose 13 percent to 1,127 (from a low of 994).
  • Apartment numbers (included in new dwelling numbers) rose from 85 to 148 (of which 41 were rest home units).
  • Dwelling numbers rose mainly in Auckland, Wellington, and Canterbury, but fell in most other regions.
  • Seasonally adjusted new dwelling numbers showed little change, following several months of volatility.
  • Trend numbers for dwelling approvals show a rise for the latest nine months, but at a slowing rate.
  • Residential consent values rose $75 million, while non-residential consent values rose $7 million.

For the 2011 year (compared with 2010):

  • New dwelling numbers fell 12 percent to 13,662 (the lowest December-year total since this series began in 1965).
  • Residential consent values fell 12 percent to $4,925 million, while non-residential consent values fell 3.5 percent to $3,640 million.

 Graph, New dwellings approved, by region, year ended December.  

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

31 January 2012
ISSN 1178-0231

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