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Building consents for new houses continue to grow
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 June 2013

Building Consents Issued: May 2013  –  Media Release

In May 2013, 1,971 new houses, including apartments, were consented, Statistics New Zealand said today. Together, the Auckland and Canterbury regions consented 57 percent of the national total.

"New housing numbers kept on rising this month, and the trend is now 73 percent higher than the historic low point of March 2011," industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said.

The trend for the number of new houses consented, including apartments, has been rising for the last two years and is now similar to the level five years ago.

"While new housing numbers continue to grow, the trend is still 37 percent lower than the peak of January 2004," Mr Cardno said.

The seasonally adjusted number of new houses, including apartments, increased 1.3 percent in May, following a 21 percent increase in April.

The value of consents for all buildings, including both new work and alterations, was $1,160 million in May 2013. Residential building consents came to $726 million, and non-residential building work of $434 million is planned.

"Building consents reached almost $1.2 billion this month. While the figures don’t take inflation into account, May's total was the highest monthly value since August 2007," Mr Cardno said.

Earthquake-related building consents in Canterbury reached a milestone in May 2013, when the value of consents over the 33 months from September 2010 topped $1 billion. This comprised $401 million for residential work, including 885 new houses, $617 million for non-residential work, and $30 million worth of non-building construction.

In May 2013, Canterbury earthquake-related building consents were valued at $56 million, and included 64 new houses.

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


For media enquiries contact: Authorised by:

Blair Cardno 
Christchurch 03 964 8700

Published 28 June 2013

Dallas Welch
Acting Government Statistician
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