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Building Consents Issued: December 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 January 2014
Commentary

Figures given are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations unless otherwise stated. Values include GST and are not adjusted for inflation.

Large rise in dwellings consented in December month

In December 2013, a total of 2,035 new dwellings were consented. This consisted of:

  • 473 apartments, including 122 retirement village units
  • 1,562 non-apartment dwellings.

These were higher-than-usual numbers for a December month. As a result, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings rose:

  • 7.6 percent including apartments (following a 12 percent rise in November).
  • 10.7 percent excluding apartments (after no change in November).

The trend for new dwellings, including apartments, is at its highest level since September 2007, and is 98 percent higher than the series minimum in March 2011. However, it is still 29 percent below the series maximum in January 2004.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, monthly, December 2006 to December 2013.

The trend for new dwellings, excluding apartments, is at its highest level since February 2008, and is 73 percent higher than the most-recent low point in March 2011. However, it is still 26 percent below the series maximum in September 2003.

Note: Seasonally adjusted and trend figures, particularly for the latest periods, may be revised whenever a new month is added to the series.

Auckland drives apartments increase

In December 2013, 473 new apartments were consented across four regions. Most of these were in Auckland, where 397 were consented. December was the second consecutive month with a high number of consented apartments.

Note: Apartment numbers usually fluctuate from month to month.

Graph, New dwellings consented, including apartments, December month, by region, 2011 to 2013.

Christchurch drives increase excluding apartments

Excluding apartments, 11 of the 16 regions consented more new dwellings in December 2013 than in December 2012.

The regions with the greatest movements were:

  • Canterbury – up 276, to 544 (driven by an increase of 225 in Christchurch)
  • Waikato – up 69, to 178
  • Auckland – down 49, to 307.

Graph, New dwellings consented, excluding apartments, December month, by region, 2011 to 2013.

Non-residential consents valued at $379 million in December month

The value of non-residential building work consented in December 2013 was $379 million. The largest contributors, by value, were:

  • hospitals and nursing homes – $82 million (22 percent of all non-residential buildings)
  • offices and administration buildings – $79 million (21 percent)
  • education buildings – $65 million (17 percent).

The value of building consents for hospitals and nursing homes was up $58 million in December 2013 compared with December 2012. This increase was largely driven by a consent for a hospital in Christchurch.

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, by building type (including alterations and additions), December month 2011 to 2013.

Canterbury earthquake-related consents reach $1.4 billion

Since 4 September 2010, $1,443 million of building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 1,321 new dwellings.

Not all earthquake-related consents can be identified. For comparison, the total value of building consents in Canterbury from September 2010 to December 2013 is $7,220 million. The total number of new dwellings consented in Canterbury over this period is 13,067.

In December 2013, the value of building consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $59 million (of a total of $352 million for Canterbury in December). This included:

  • 78 new dwellings (of 581)
  • $44 million for residential building work (of $200 million)
  • $14 million for non-residential building work (of $149 million).

See more about earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury

Over $12 billion of building work consented in 2013

The total value of building work consented in the year ended December 2013 was $12,081 million.

In 2013, compared with 2012, the value of building consents increased for:

  • all buildings – up $1,999 million (20 percent) to $12,081 million
  • residential buildings – up $1,728 million (28 percent) to $7,905 million
  • non-residential buildings – up $270 million (6.9 percent) to $4,176 million.
Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, monthly, December 2011 to December 2013. Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended December 2011 to 2013.

Auckland and Canterbury show large annual increases in dwellings

Nine of the 16 regions consented more new dwellings in 2013 than in 2012.

Including apartments, the regions with the largest increases were:

  • Auckland – up 1,727 (38 percent) to 6,309
  • Canterbury – up 1,725 (43 percent) to 5762
  • Waikato – up 441 (24 percent) to 2,245
  • Wellington – up 338 (27 percent) to 1,573
  • Bay of Plenty – up 205 (21 percent) to 1,200.

Graph, New dwellings consented, including apartments, year ended December, by region, 2011 to 2013.

Highest annual number of new dwellings since 2007

Nationally, 21,300 new dwellings were consented in 2013 (up 4,371, or 26 percent, from 2012). This was the highest number since 2007.

The annual number has been rising since 2011, when 13,662 new dwellings were consented – the fewest since the series began in 1966.

High points in the series include:

  • 31,423 new dwellings in 2004 (a 30-year high)
  • 39,766 new dwellings in 1973 (the series maximum).

Annual non-residential consents value rises in most regions

In 11 of the 16 regions, the total value of consented non-residential building work was higher in 2013 than in 2012.

The regions with the largest increases were:

  • Auckland – up $114 million (9.0 percent) to $1,372 million
  • Canterbury – up $87 million (9.0 percent) to $1,056 million
  • Northland – up $41 million (62 percent) to $107 million
  • Wellington – up $33 million (11 percent) to $347 million.

The regions with the largest decreases were:

  • Taranaki – down $29 million (27 percent) to $77 million
  • Otago – down $29 million (16 percent) to $147 million.

Building consents value data is not adjusted for inflation.

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended December, by region, 2011 to 2013.

Data for building consents is obtained from all territorial authorities in New Zealand.

For more detailed data, see the Excel tables in the ‘Downloads’ box.

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