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Home building consents up in February

Home building consents rebounded in February 2017, but were up only slightly from February 2016, Stats NZ said today.

A total of 2,418 new homes were consented in February 2017 – up 1.6 percent from February 2016.

In seasonally adjusted terms, this was a 14 percent increase from January 2017. However, this only partly reversed large falls in November and December 2016.

“While we saw a strong seasonally adjusted increase this February, the actual number of homes consented was up only slightly from last year,” business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said.

In the year ended February 2017, 30,162 new homes were consented – the most for a February year since 2005. This total includes 10,045 new homes in Auckland – also the most for a February year since 2005.

However, the trend for the number of new homes consented has fallen, after reaching a 12-year high in mid-2016. This decrease has been driven by Canterbury and Auckland, although the trends for other parts of New Zealand are also showing signs of flattening or decreasing.

Graph, Trend for new dwellings consented, by region, monthly, January 2001 to February 2017.

Building consents are an indicator of future building activity, and almost all consented work is eventually completed. Recent building consent decreases are not reflected in the Value of Building Work Put in Place: December 2016 quarter, which showed that building activity continued to increase. For further information see Building plans put to work.


For media enquiries contact: Neil Kelly, Christchurch 03 964 8957,
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 31 March 2017

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