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Building Consents Issued: June 2015
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 July 2015
Commentary

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

We have made changes to our building consents statistics. See the Definitions and Data quality sections for more information.

New dwelling consents down in June

In June 2015, 2,042 new dwellings were consented, comprising:

  • 1,502 houses
  • 70 apartments
  • 159 retirement village units
  • 311 townhouses, flats, and units.

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 4.1 percent, following no change in May.

For houses only, the seasonally adjusted number fell 0.4 percent, following a 2.5 percent rise in May.

In the first half of 2015, 12,057 new dwellings were consented, up 437 (3.8 percent) on the first half of 2014.

National dwellings trend stable

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented is stable, up 1.0 percent on the level in July 2014.

For houses only, the trend is showing signs of increasing again. The current level is just 3.2 percent lower than in March 2014, the highest point in the graph below.

Graph, Trends for new dwellings consented, monthly, June 2008 to 2015.

Dwellings trend falling in Canterbury

The trend for the number of new dwellings consented in Canterbury is decreasing, and has fallen 17 percent since the series peak in August 2014. 

In Auckland, the trend for the number of new dwellings has been generally rising since February 2012.

Graph, Trends for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, June 2008 to 2015.

In June 2015, 9 of the 16 regions consented more new dwellings than in June 2014.

The regions with the largest movements were:

  • Auckland – up 105, to 704
  • Canterbury – down 79, to 544
  • Wellington – down 30, to 88.

In the June 2015 quarter, 4,454 new houses were consented nationally, down 95 (2.1 percent) on the June 2014 quarter. In seasonally adjusted terms, the number of new houses consented rose 4.0 percent in the June 2015 quarter, following an 8.5 percent fall in the March 2015 quarter.

Non-residential consents valued at $454 million in June

The value of non-residential building work consented in June 2015 was $454 million, down $37 million (7.5 percent) compared with the same month in 2014. The regions that consented the most non-residential building work in June 2015 were:

  • Auckland – $140 million (31 percent of the national total)
  • Canterbury – $120 million (26 percent)
  • Waikato – $57 million (13 percent).

The building types with the highest total consent values were:

  • office, administration, and public transport buildings – $95 million
  • shops, restaurants, and bars – $60 million
  • storage buildings – $56 million. 

 

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, by building type, June month, 2013 to 2015.

The quarterly trend for the value of non-residential buildings consented has grown 32 percent since the most-recent low point in the December 2013 quarter.

Graph, Value of non-residential buildings consented, including additions and alterations, quarterly, June 2008 to 2015.

 

Canterbury earthquake-related consents total $3 billion

Since 4 September 2010, $3 billion of Canterbury's building consents have been identified as earthquake-related. This includes consents for 3,572 new dwellings.

Graph, Value of building consents in Canterbury, including alterations, additions, and non-building construction, monthly, June 2008 to 2015.

Not all earthquake-related consents can be identified. For comparison, total figures for Canterbury from September 2010 to June 2015 were:

  • $13.5 billion of building consents
  • 23,464 new dwellings consented.

In June 2015, the value of consents identified as earthquake-related in Canterbury was $106 million (of a total of $331 million for Canterbury). This included 163 new dwellings (of a total of 544).

See more about earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury.

Consents for all buildings total $1.3 billion in June

The total value of building work consented in June 2015 was $1.3 billion – comprising $832 million of residential work, and $454 million of non-residential work.

For the year ended June 2015, compared with the June 2014 year, the value of building consents increased for:

  • all buildings – up $1.7 billion (13 percent) to $15 billion
  • residential buildings – up $0.9 billion (11 percent) to $9.8 billion
  • non-residential buildings – up $0.8 billion (17 percent) to $5.4 billion.

Graph, Value of buildings consented, including alterations and additions, year ended June 2011 to 2015.

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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