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Building Consents Issued: March 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  30 April 2013
Key facts

In March 2013:

  • 1,475 new dwellings were consented, including 16 apartments, the lowest monthly number of apartments in over three years.
  • The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings, including apartments, fell 9.1 percent, and that for non-apartment dwellings fell 3.1 percent. Apartment numbers vary a lot from month to month.
  • Canterbury region had 444 new dwellings consented, the highest monthly number in six years. This included record-high new dwelling numbers in both Waimakariri and Selwyn districts.

The trend for the number of new dwellings, including apartments, has been positive for two years, but the rate of growth has slowed in recent months. The level of the trend is 51 percent higher than the most recent low point in March 2011.

Graph, New dwellings consented, including apartments, monthly, March 2006 to March 2013.

In March 2013 compared with March 2012:

  • The number of new dwellings consented fell 5.4 percent to 1,475.
  • The value of non-residential building consents increased by 20 percent to $365 million, boosted by new work on prisons in the Auckland region.

 

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

30 April 2013
ISSN 1178-0231

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