Auckland and surrounding area sees most new home building

Auckland and its surrounding regions have driven most of the recent growth in building consents for new dwellings in New Zealand, according to the latest official figures to be published.

In September 2015, some 2,242 new dwellings were given in permission in the country as whole, up 13% from the same month last year, the data from Statistics New Zealand shows.

The regions with the largest increases were Waikato, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Northland while the regions with the largest decreases were Wellington and Canterbury. However, Canterbury still accounts for almost one quarter of the national total.

However, in seasonally adjusted terms, the number of new dwellings consented fell 5.7% in September after a 5.3% fall in August but this is following on from a 20% surge in July, and the trend is increasing.

‘In the regions surrounding Auckland, growth is being driven by new houses, while in Auckland itself, apartments are also a big part of the picture,’ said Statistics New Zealand business indicators manager Clara Eatherley.

‘While we see a bit of volatility from month to month, the overall picture recently has been growth in building consents, both on the residential side and the non-residential,’ she added.