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Indicator 12: building activities

Discussion

As new dwellings are constructed, the size and composition of New Zealand's housing stock changes. To monitor these changes, the number of building consents issued for new residential dwellings by building type will be used as a key indicator. Comparing the characteristics (for example, floor area and dwelling type) of dwellings that are granted building consents with changes in household composition is a simple way to examine the relationship between the physical aspects of dwellings and the households that occupy them.

Between 1996 and 2006, the number of building consents issued to new residential dwellings varied. The number of building consents issued throughout the country remains dominated by the Auckland and Canterbury regions. On a national level, the number of building consents issued peaked in 2004 at 31,423, of which the Auckland and Canterbury regions accounted for 38.6 percent and 14.2 percent of the national total, respectively.

Graph, Number of Consents Issued for New Residential Dwellings.

Tables

12.0 Consents issued for new dwellings, number of new dwelling units
12.1 Average floor area of consented new dwellings
12.2 Consents issued for new dwellings, number of new dwelling units by dwelling type
12.3 Number of consented new apartment units as a percentage of all new dwellings

Specifications

  • Data source: Statistics New Zealand, Building Consents
  • Frequency: annually (available from 1991 onwards)
  • Geographic level of data availability: New Zealand, regional council, territorial authority
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