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7th month of 1000-plus consents for Auckland just like the early 1970s – for twice the population

Consents for new homes in Auckland have topped 1000 for the 7th time in 8 months and taken the region’s annual consent rate over 13,000 for the first time since the early 1970s, when the population was half the 1.696 million now.

The region’s share of national consents was steady at 37% for October, and jumped to nearly 40% for the year.

Consents rose 14% in Auckland for the month, 15% nationally. For the year, Auckland’s consents are up 25% but nationally the rise is less than 7%.

Standalones’ share up near 70% again

Standalone homes’ share of the market nationally jumped in September and again in October after a sharp decline in March was followed by another 5 months of a low share.

Standalones, at 2032 consents, topped 2000 for only the fourth month in 2 years. Consents for apartments, on the other hand, at 88 for the month, dropped below 100 for only the second time over those 2 years.

The standalone share was at 70.9% a year ago and reached 72% in January, but fell to 59.9% in March & 59.1% in April, then recovered to be above 60% over the next 6 months, reaching 65.4% in September & 69.4% in October.

Statistics NZ acting construction statistics manager Dave Adair said yesterday standalones represented 48% of Auckland consents for the year, but 74% over the rest of the country.

Although the number of consents nationally for standalones in October was 12.5% up on a year earlier at 2032 (1806), the annual consent rate for them has dropped in both the last 2 years, from 21,369 in the October 2016 year to 21,194 in the next 12 months and to 20,918 in the latest 12 months.

Apartment consents have risen every year since that sector of the market started to climb out of the global financial crisis doldrums in 2013. In the 12 months to October 2013, 943 apartment consents were issued, rising to 1916, then to 2337, to 2555, to 3001 and in the last 12 months to 3835.

Throughout those 6 years, consents for suburban units & townhouses have stayed well ahead of apartments: 1506 in the October 2013 year, then 2596, up to 3565 in 2015, then to 4267 & 4769, and to 6277 in the latest 12 months.

The national residential consent numbers for October and the year to October, compared to October last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:

Total consents for new homes: 2926 (2549), up 14.8%; 32,925 (30,866), up 6.7%
Total value for new homes, plus alterations & additions: $1.298 billion ($1.227 billion), up 5.8%; $14.137 billion ($13.355 billion), up 5.9%
Alterations & additions, $165 million ($204 million), down 19.1%; $2.041 billion ($1.964 billion), up 3.9%
Standalone homes: 2032 (1806), up 12.5%; 20,918 (21,194), down 1.3%
Apartments: 88 (78), up 12.8%; 3835 (3001), up 27.8%
Retirement village units: 143 (220), down 35%; 1895 (1902), down 0.4%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 663 (445), up 49%; 6277 (4769), up 31.6%
Standalone share of consents:  69.4% for the month (70.9%); 63.5% for the year (68.7%).

All construction for October compared to October last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $1.96 billion ($1.68 billion), up 5.7%; $21.29 billion ($20.22 billion), up 5.3%
Non-residential: $622 million ($584 million), up 6.5%; $6.76 billion ($6.47 billion), up 4.5%.

The Auckland picture:

Around Auckland, residential consents were up in 9 wards and down in 4 for the month. For the year, they were up in 11 wards, down in 2.

Auckland residential consents, for October & year to October compared to October last year and the previous 12 months:

Region: 1077 (944), up 14.1% from last October, 36.8% of national total (37% last October); 13,078 (10,469), up 24.9%, 39.7% of national total for 12 months (33.9%)
Rodney: 86 (65), 791 (1022)
Albany: 203 (253), 2527 (2497)
North Shore: 39 (83), 857 (485)
Waitakere: 156 (29), 849 (555)
Waitemata & Gulf: 17 (14), 1184 (1132)
Whau: 50 (17), 593 (297)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 96 (37), 914 (771)
Orakei: 24 (13), 440 (236)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 40 (36), 673 (629)
Howick: 56 (107), 866 (492)
Manukau: 79 (90), 1105 (490)
Manurewa-Papakura: 162 (152), 1596 (980)
Franklin: 69 (48), 682 (883)

Attribution: Statistics NZ.

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Updated: Consents for suburban units up 29% in year

Published & updated with additional detail 31 October 2018:
A record 6059 new townhouses, flats & units were consented to be built in the September year, up 29% on the previous year’s 4694.

Consents for the whole intensive residential sector – apartments, retirement village units, and those suburban townhouses & flats – rose 22% to a combined 11,856 for the last 12 months (9702).

Statistics NZ construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said: “The annual number of townhouses, flats & units consented has risen steadily since late 2012, coming off historically low levels. Growth in new townhouses, flats & units between 2013-16 was driven by activity in both Auckland & Canterbury, but more recently it was driven by Auckland.”

Consents for new standalone houses slipped 2.4% for the 12 months to 20,692 (21,190).

Total residential consents for the 12 months rose 5.4% to 32,548 (30,892).

Total residential consents for September fell 7.6% to 2559 (2770).

The national consent numbers for new homes in September and the year to September, compared to September last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:

Total consents for new homes: 2559 (2770), down 7.6%; 32,548 (30,892), up 5.4%
Total value for new homes, plus alterations & additions: $1.098 billion ($1.213 billion), down 9.5%; $14.066 billion ($13.267 billion), up 6.0%
Alterations & additions, $163 million ($175 million), down 6.8%; $2.08 billion ($1.941 billion), up 7.2%
Standalone homes: 1673 (1843), down 9.2%; 20,692 (21,190), down 2.4%
Apartments: 215 (415), down 48.2%; 3825 (3152), up 21.4%
Retirement village units: 165 (85), up 94.1%; 1972 (1856), up 6.3%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 506 (427), up 18.5%; 6059 (4694), up 29.1%
Standalone share of consents: 65.4% for the month (66.5%); 63.6% for the year (68.6%).

The Auckland picture

Around Auckland, consents were up in 9 wards and down in 4 for the month. For the year, they were up in 11 wards, down in 2.

Auckland residential consents, for September & year to September compared to September last year and the previous 12 months:

Region: 854 (868 in September 2017), down 1.6% from last September, 33.4% of national total (31.3% last September); 12,945 (10,317), up 25.5%, 39.8% of national total for 12 months (33.4%)
Rodney: 67 (58), 770 (1018)
Albany: 136 (183), 2577 (2449)
North Shore: 109 (37), 901 (427)
Waitakere: 41 (81), 722 (578)
Waitemata & Gulf: 61 (192), 1182 (1130)
Whau: 34 (11), 560 (293)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 52 (18), 855 (801)
Orakei: 27 (13), 429 (246)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 57 (54), 669 (635)
Howick: 54 (48), 917 (410)
Manukau: 30 (27), 1116 (430)
Manurewa-Papakura: 143 (87), 1586 (948)
Franklin: 43 (59), 661 (952)

All construction for September compared to September last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $1.682 billion ($1.799 billion), down 6.5%; $21.186 billion ($20.109 billion), up 5.4%
Non-residential: $556 million ($546 million), up 1.7%; $6.726 billion ($6.413 billion), up 4.9%

Attribution: Statistics NZ.

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Auckland home consents hit record

Building consents were issued for a record 12,959 new homes in Auckland in the year to August, 22 more than in the June 2004 year.

Nationally, 32,759 consents were issued for the August year, just short of the 32,851 in the June 2004 year but well short of the record 40,025 in the February 1974 year.

Statistics NZ construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said today: “The 2004 peak in Auckland homes consented was mainly driven by growth in the number of apartments. This new record is also driven by townhouses, flats & units, and retirement village units.”

Consents nationally for new homes in August were down 2.9% compared to August last year at 3075 (3166).

August consents in Auckland were up 9.6% to 1298 (1184).

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Auckland plays superstar in flat national consents picture

Published 30 August 2018
Auckland played a superstar role with a leap to record levels of new housing consents in July, and for the July year.

Nationally, the picture was more sedate – flat in July (down by just 10 from July last year) and 8% ahead for the year.

As consents for suburban townhouses & flats jumped 53% for the month, 26% for the year, the standalone share fell 6% for both month & year.

Alterations & additions made big contributions to the totals for both month & year.

The total value of all consents – residential & non-residential – for the month fell 2%, but was up nearly 10% for the year. The non-residential sectors were down 10.3% from a year ago but up 10% for the year.

Auckland’s share of total residential consents jumped from 28% last July to 45%, and to 39% for the year.

Statistics NZ construction indicators manager Melissa McKenzie said today the 12,845 consents for new homes in the last 12 months, up 28% from the previous year, was the second highest tally in Auckland since records began nearly 30 years ago. “The highest on record was 12,937 new homes in the June 2004 year.”

The 6039 standalones made up 48% of all new homes consented in Auckland in the last 12 months, while the 3032 consents for townhouses, flats & units were a record.

The national consent numbers for new homes in July and the year to July, compared to July last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:

Total consents for new homes: 2752 (2762), down 0.4%; 32,850 (30,404), up 8%
Total value for new homes, plus alterations & additions: $1.195 billion ($1.179 billion), up 1.4%; $14.2 billion ($12.9 billion), up 10%
Alterations & additions, $181 million ($160 million), up 13.1%; $2.1 billion ($1.9 billion), up 10%
Standalone homes: 1731 (1900), down 8.9%; 21,007 (21,229), down 1%
Apartments: 347 (367), down 5.4%; 3902 (2855), up 36.7%
Retirement village units: 139 (145), down 4.1%; 1996 (1607), up 24.2%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 535 (350), up 52.9%; 5945 (4713), up 26.1%
Standalone share of consents:  62.9% for the month (68.8%); 63.9% for the year (69.8%).

The Auckland picture

Around Auckland, consents were up in 9 wards and down in 4 for the month (2 of those falls by just 1 & 3). For the year, they were up in 11 wards, down in 2.

Auckland residential consents, for July & year to July compared to July last year and the previous 12 months:

Region: 1250 (774 in July 2017), up 61.5% from last July, 45.4% of national total (28% last July); 12,845 (10,051), up 27.8%, 39.1% of national total for 12 months (33%)
Rodney: 54 (83), 766 (1004)
Albany: 223 (159), 2570 (2529)
North Shore: 25 (38), 708 (516)
Waitakere: 119 (42), 739 (576)
Waitemata & Gulf: 182 (183), 1407 (870)
Whau: 44 (16), 462 (353)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 79 (14), 887 (800)
Orakei: 30 (27), 389 (255)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 30 (34), 769 (482)
Howick: 68 (34), 881 (363)
Manukau: 59 (18), 1043 (404)
Manurewa-Papakura: 256 (55), 1508 (949)
Franklin: 81 (71), 716 (950)

All construction for July compared to July last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $1.75 billion ($1.786 billion), down 2%; $21.463 billion ($19.53 billion), up 9.9%
Non-residential: $517 million ($576 million), down 10.3%; $6.824 billion ($6.2 billion), up 10%

Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.

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Home consents up 8% for year, non-residential forging ahead

Consents for new homes nationally in June dropped 18% from a 14-year spike in May, but were up 9.1% compared to June last year.

The total value of all consents issued in the year to June rose 10.7% to $21.5 billion.

Home consents for the June year were 7.9% ahead of the previous year at 32,860, and lifted the rolling annual tally by 132 from May.

The value of all new residential consents, including additions & alterations, rose just over 11% for the month & the year, to $1.17 billion for the month and $12.8 billion for the year.

Standalone homes’ share of new consents fell 4 percentage points for the month to 62%, 5 points for the year to 64.4%.

The national consent numbers for new homes in June and the year to June, compared to June last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:

Total consents for new homes:  2792 (2560 in June 2017, 3407 in May 2018), up 9.1%; 32,860 (30,453), up 7.9%
Total values for new homes, plus alterations & additions: $1.17 billion ($1.05 billion), up 11.2%; $14.2 billion ($12.8 billion), up 11.1%
Standalone homes:  1730 (1691), up 2.3%; 21,176 (21,090), up 0.4%
Apartments: 323 (268), up 20.5%; 3922 (2913), up 34.6%
Retirement village units: 144 (222), down 35.1%; 2002 (1651), up 21.3%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 595 (379), up 57%; 5760 (4799), up 20%
Standalone share of consents:  62% for the month (66%); 64.4% for the year (69.3%).

In Auckland – Manukau up 150%, Howick up 116%

The spread of new consents around the Auckland region has varied considerably over the last 12 months – down at the rural extremities, big jumps in parts of South Auckland, smaller rises in parts of the isthmus.

A quick count of the shifts: Rodney down 20%; in the city centre & islands ward of Waitemata & Gulf up 35%; down 3% in the ward with the biggest volume, Albany; up 56% in Orakei; up 67% in Maungakiekie-Tamaki; up 116% in Howick; up 150% in Manukau; up 34% in Manurewa & Papakura; down 25% in Franklin.

Auckland residential consents, for June & year to June compared to June last year and the previous 12 months:

Region: 1001 (906 in June 2017, 1530 in May 2018), up 10.5% from last June; 12,369 (10,364), up 19.3%
Rodney: 67 (105), 795 (992)
Albany: 210 (247), 2506 (2585)
North Shore: 24 (45), 721 (496)
Waitakere: 79 (45), 662 (606)
Waitemata & Gulf: 15 (61), 1408 (1040)
Whau: 83 (91), 434 (378)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 107 (160), 822 (841)
Orakei: 21 (12), 386 (248)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 70 (20), 773 (464)
Howick: 98 (32), 847 (393)
Manukau: 68 (23), 1002 (401)
Manurewa-Papakura: 85 (19), 1307 (973)
Franklin: 74 (46), 706 (947)

The non-residential sectors, and the total

The total value of all consents issued in the year to June was $21.5 billion, up 10.7% from $19.4 billion in the previous 12 months.

After 2 $2 billion months this year (March & May), total consents were comparatively low at $1.74 billion, but that was 13.1% above June last year.

Consents for non-residential buildings were up 17.5% for the month at $530 million ($451 million), and up 10.3% over 12 months to $6.9 billion ($6.2 billion).

In non-residential sectors, the value of consents for hotels, motels & other short-term accommodation has slipped 33% in the last 12 months to $328 million after rising by 216% to $490 million in the previous 12 months. The consent value in that sector in June rose 103% to $50 million.

Consents for shops, restaurants & bars fell 23% in the year to June 2017, from $904 million to $698 million, but have regained most of that ground in the latest 12 months, rising 43% to $996 million.

Industrial building consents rose 43% in the year to June 2017 to $577 million, and another 37% in the last 12 months to $792 million.

The 2 biggest non-residential categories are education and a combination of offices, administration & public transport. Consents for education buildings have topped $1 billion/year for 3 years after jumping from $776 million to $1.24 billion in 2016. The sector slipped to $1.1 billion last year but has picked up to $1.16 billion in the last 12 months, a 5.2% rise.

Consents in the office sector have exceeded $1 billion/year for 5 years after rising from $797 million to $1.035 billion in 2014. They reached $1.25 billion in 2017 but have fallen 13.1% in the last 12 months to $1.09 billion.

Attribution: Stats NZ tables & release.

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15-year high for Auckland home consents

Consents for new homes in Auckland hit a 15-year high of 1530 in May. It was the 6th time in 12 months that consents had topped 1000.

In October 2002, 1945 consents for new homes were issued in Auckland, including 1206 apartments.

The 3407 consents for new homes issued nationally in May were the highest number since the 3447 in June 2004.

Nationally, consents were up 6.5% over the last 12 months to 32,628. In Auckland, the 12,274 consents for the year were up 18%.

Standalone houses remained the biggest contributor, but with a declining market share.

Standalones represented 77.6% of new consents in May 2016, falling to 73% last May and to 63.6% this May. On an annual basis, standalones fell from 72.1% in the year to May 2016 to 69.4% in 2017 and 64.8% in the latest 12 months.

The national consent numbers for May and the year to May, compared to May last year, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:

Total consents for new homes: 3407 (2794), 32,628 (30,645)
Total values for new homes: $1.383 billion ($1.229 billion); $14.085 billion ($12.81  billion)
Standalone homes: 2167 (2039); 21,137 (21,262)
Apartments: 454 (123); 3867 (2881)
Retirement village units: 255 (137); 2080 (1718)
Suburban townhouses & flats: 531 (495); 5544 (4784)
Standalone share of consents:  63.6% for the month (73%); 64.8% (69.4%).

Auckland residential consents, for May & year to May compared to May last year and the previous 12 months:

Region: 1530 (885), 12,274 (10,379)
Rodney: 82 (159), 833 (965)
Albany: 283 (208), 2543 (2549)
North Shore: 37 (42), 742 (484)
Waitakere:  73 (53), 628 (626)
Waitemata & Gulf: 318 (9), 1454 (1093)
Whau: 54 (13), 442 (339)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 147 (94), 875(731)
Orakei: 92 (5), 377 (280)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 85 (83), 723 (468)
Howick: 78 (33), 781 (401)
Manukau: 60 (33), 957(397)
Manurewa-Papakura: 145 (65), 1241 (1065)
Franklin: 76 (88), 678 (944)

Total construction

Over all sectors, the value of all consents has been rising by $2 billion/year since New Zealand edged out of the global financial crisis in 2013.

In the 12 months to May 2013, consents for all construction were worth $11.2 billion. In the latest 12 months they were worth $21.3 billion, up 8% from $19.7 billion in the year to May 2017.

Consents for non-residential construction rose 8.7% in May to $657 million ($605 million), and 4.2% for the year to $6.8 billion ($6.5 billion).

Attribution: Statistics NZ.

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Decision Monday on how to meet building consent flows

Auckland Council’s strategic procurement committee will decide tomorrow (noon Monday) whether to renew its overflow delivery model for building consent services.

The item is listed in the committee’s open agenda but the main discussion will be confidential.

The question for the council is how to provide an efficient service at peak times without employing its own staff to cover those peaks.

The council’s head of physical works & technical services procurement, Peter Cunningham, says in his meeting report: “Building consent services are currently provided through a combination of inhouse delivery, an overflow delivery model that operates across the Auckland region and a legacy outsourced provider model that operates exclusively in Manukau.

“In the central region, in addition to the overflow model there is also an agency provider to manage building consenting volumes.”

The current contracts expire on 30 June.

In further explanation, Mr Cunningham says: “The preferred regional service delivery model for building consents is one where third-party suppliers are used to process consents and inspect buildings that council staff do not have the capacity to process, eg, an overflow delivery model.  In an overflow model, the suppliers would act as an agent of Auckland Council.

“Due to restraint on additional staff and to manage risk of over-capacity, the overflow model is considered an essential component to ensure the delivery of an efficient, quality, timely building consenting service.

“The overflow model is considered a more feasible alternative to delivering the full service inhouse, as it provides flexibility during seasonal peaks & troughs in building consent volumes.”

Also listed in both the open & confidential sections of the agenda are:

  • an update on the 48 council projects with a budget over $5 million, and
  • the council’s vertical construction procurement category strategy
  • an update on the Westgate town centre integrated library & community centre.

Web notification issues

Through Auckland Council’s changes to its website it’s been hard at times to track the whereabouts of information such as resource consent application hearings and submissions on them.

The latest trick I’ve stumbled upon under submissions is submission documents with an opening date for submissions – but no closing date.

I’m writing this on Sunday, so ringing the council to check today would be pointless.

Similarly, the Eden Park Trust’s application for resource consent for a concert at Eden Park stadium on the evening of Waitangi Day (6 February) next year has the submissions period opening on Wednesday, no closing date.

The closing date will very likely appear on the website once the opening date has passed. But tell me, which would you, as a submitter, find the more useful?

Links:
Strategic procurement committee, Monday 11 June at noon, 135 Albert St
11, Update on capital projects over $5 million (addressed further in confidential agenda)
12, Procurement of building consents overflow services (decisions to be made in confidential agenda)
13, Status update: Westgate multipurpose facility (integrated library & community centre) construction (addressed further in confidential agenda)
14, Vertical construction procurement category strategy (addressed further in confidential agenda)

Attribution: Council committee agenda.

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Construction slowing – but still on growth track

Figures out from Statistics NZ on Wednesday on construction activity indicate slowdowns – but still growth – across all sectors, and specifically residential.

But an overall call on the direction of construction activity – residential & other, nationally & in Auckland, quarterly & annually – proves impossible. For starters, Statistics NZ doesn’t run actual residential figures for Auckland, just seasonally adjusted & trend, which longtime readers of these pages know I steer clear of.

Auckland construction (all sectors) jumped almost 15% from the March quarter to June last year, then plateaued for 3 quarters.

For the national picture of all construction sectors, looking back 4 years shows leaps in 2 years, lower growth in 2.

Residentially, the March quarter was the quietest since September 2015 but still showed growth.

The detail

Total building work put in place, March quarter: $5.28 billion ($5.6 billion & $5.5 billion in the previous 2 quarters, $5.16 billion in the March 2017 quarter)
Quarterly percentage shifts: Up 7.0% in the March quarter after 3 quarters of lower gains, a 10.9% rise in the March 2017 quarter and above-20% increases in the 3 quarters before that
Total all buildings for the March year: $21.57 billion, up $1.2 billion (5.9%) after leaps, since the $13.15 billion in the March 2014 year, of $2.5 billion (19.1%), $1.5 billion (9.5%) & $3.2 billion (18.7%)

The residential figures nationally, March quarter:

New: $2.92 billion ($2.71 billion in the March 2017 quarter), up 7.6% from the March 2017 quarter, the smallest quarterly increase since September 2015; increases in the last 3 quarters of 2016 were in the range of 24-28%, slipping to 14.8% in the March 2017 quarter
Alterations & additions: $568 million ($542 million in the March 2017 quarter), up 4.9%; this segment of the residential market has put $5-600 million of work in place in 9 of the last 10 quarters
Total residential: $3.49 billion ($3.25 billion), up 7.2%, the smallest quarterly rise over the last 3 years

The residential figures nationally, March year:

New: $11.78 billion ($10.82 billion), up 8.9% after a 22% rise the previous year
Alterations & additions: $2.31 billion ($2.23 billion), up 3.8% after a 12.9% rise the previous year
Total residential: $14.09 billion ($13.04 billion), up 8.1% after double-digit annual rises in the previous 4 years, including 21.1% in the March 2017 year & 26% in the March 2014 year

Auckland & Canterbury drive construction activity

Construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said Auckland & Canterbury accounted for $3 billion (56%) of the national value of total building activity in the March quarter: “Total
building work in Auckland was about $2 billion/quarter for the last year, while values in Canterbury were down from post-earthquake highs. However, these values were boosted by higher construction costs.”

In Auckland, she said, the value of residential building work had been growing strongly, with the March 2018 quarter value of $1.39 billion almost double that in the March 2014 quarter. Meanwhile, non-residential building work has shown moderate growth. Offices, education & accommodation buildings accounted for over half of Auckland’s $632 million total non-residential building work in the March 2018 quarter.

In Canterbury, the value of building work in the latest quarter was $941 million – the lowest quarterly value since the March 2014 quarter: “Residential building activity value in Canterbury has been generally falling since the March 2015 quarter. Non-residential building activity has been variable, but reached $440 million in the March 2018 quarter. The latest value was boosted by several projects on social, cultural & religious buildings.”

Auckland:
All buildings, March quarter: $2.02 billion (up 14.8% from $1.76 billion in the March 2017 quarter; the last 3 quarters have all been just over $2 billion)

Links:
Statistics NZ, 2 February 2018: Conferences, culture, and tourism boost consents
Statistics NZ, 31 July 2017: More hotels on the way

Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.

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Consents for new homes hit 14-year high of 32,000

Consents for new homes were up 30% in April compared to April last year, and the total for 12 months exceeded 32,000 for the first time since 2004.

Statistics NZ released the figures on Wednesday.

The national consent numbers for April & the year to April (previous April & year in brackets):
Total consents for new homes: 2729 (2106), up 29.6%; 32,015 (30,371), up %
Total values (including alterations & additions) & floor areas for new homes: month – $1.122 billion ($921 million), up 21.9%; 435,000m² (378,000m²), up 15.2%; year – $13.931 billion ($12.658 billion), up 10.1%; 5.555 million m² (5.462 million m²), up1.7%
Standalone homes: 1614 (1487), up 8.5%; 21,009 (21,179), down 0.8%
Apartments: 358 (228), up 57%; 3536 (2874), up 23%
Retirement village units: 191 (46), up 315%; 1962 (1702), up 15.3%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 566 (345), up 64%; 5508 (4616), up 19.3%
*Total values include additions & alterations, but floor areas don’t.

Consents for both the month & the year rose in 10 Auckland wards and fell in 3 (6 differing by small margins).

Around Auckland by ward, this April & last, and the April 2018 year & previous 12 months:

Region: 1163 (726), 11,629 (10,226)
Rodney: 45 (81), 910 (882)
Albany: 240 (125), 2468 (2508)
North Shore: 202 (25), 747 (494)
Waitakere: 73 (25), 608 (617)
Waitemata & Gulf: 5 (166), 1145 (1104)
Whau: 91 (51), 401 (343)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 13 (25), 822 (674)
Orakei: 65 (4), 290 (283)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 55 (31), 721 (417)
Howick: 79 (28), 736 (452)
Manukau: 81 (32), 930 (394)
Manurewa-Papakura: 142 (73), 1161 (1106)
Franklin: 72 (60), 690 (952)

Attribution: Statistics NZ tables & release.

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Updated: Houses’ share of consents falls further as overall momentum slows

Published & updated twice 1 May 2018

The annual rate of building consents for new homes topped 31,000 last November, reaching 31,123, and in the following 4 months has risen by just 269.

After double-digit percentage rises over the previous 5 years, the rise in the last 12 months was only 2.5%.

The share of standalone houses for the last 12 months was 66.5%, down from 67.4% in the year to February, 70% in the year to March 2017.

Apartments and suburban townhouses & flats were well up for the year, by 27.5% for apartments and 14.8% for the townhouse category, but the retirement village sector’s production rate remains well below the last 3 years’ figures

Consents in Auckland were up for the month, from 942 a year ago to 1082, but were up by only 993 (9.7%) for the 12 months, to 11,192.

The Auckland consents comprised 492 standalone houses, 361 apartments, 221 suburban units & 8 retirement village units. Statistics NZ construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said three-quarters of the apartments were in 3 projects.

The national consent numbers for March & the year to March (previous March & year in brackets):
Total consents for new homes: 2926 (2779), up 5.3%; 31,392 (30,626), up 2.5%
Total values & floor areas for new homes: month – $1.257 billion ($1.199 billion), up 4.9%; 483,000m² (491,000m²), down 1.7%; year – $13.73 billion ($12.685 billion), up 8.2%; 5.498 million m² (5.523 million m²), up 4.9%
Standalone homes: 1753 (1923), down 8.8%; 20,882 (21,434), down 2.6%
Apartments: 492 (252), up 95.2%; 3406 (2671), up 27.5%
Retirement village units: 64 (197), down 67.5%; 1817 (1915), down 5.1%
Suburban townhouses & flats: 617 (407), up 51.6%; 5287 (4606), up 14.8%
*Total values include additions & alterations, but floor areas don’t.

Around Auckland by ward, this March & last, and the March 2017 year & previous 12 months:

Region: 1082 (942), 11,192 (10,199)
Rodney: 53 (122), 946 (890)
Albany: 195 (227), 2353 (2518)
North Shore: 43 (53), 570 (486)
Waitakere: 44 (55), 560 (652)
Waitemata & Gulf: 121 (116), 1306 (961)
Whau: 35 (40), 361 (310)
Albert-Eden-Roskill: 71 (37), 834 (670)
Orakei: 19 (12), 229 (306)
Maungakiekie-Tamaki: 31 (26), 697 (412)
Howick: 61 (24), 685 (495)
Manukau: 197 (38), 881 (394)
Manurewa-Papakura: 162 (114), 1092 (1108)
Franklin: 50 (78), 678 (997)

All construction for March compared to March 2017, and the latest 12 months compared to the previous 12 months:
Total: $2.003 billion ($2.077 billion), down 3.6%; $20.78 billion ($19.529 billion), up 6.4%
Non-residential: $714 million ($837 million), down 14.7%; $6.633 billion ($6.463 billion), up 2.6%

Attribution: Statistics NZ.

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