Consents for new homes slipped in April compared to a year ago, but continued the steady rise beyond the 34,000 mark for the year.
Consents for new homes in Auckland rose 24% in the year to March, to 13,874, and consents nationally rose 10% to top 34,500.
Consents for new homes in February topped 3000 in a month for the 6th time since August 2017, after a stronger than usual January.
Statistics NZ said today consents for new homes were 30% higher in both January & February compared to those months last year.
The annual rate of building consents for new homes fell just short of 33,000 in December, but surged over it in January.
Building consents for the retail & hospitality sector climbed while consents for office buildings tumbled in 2018, Statistics NZ’s December construction figures show. Likewise in residential, standalone homes’ share of new-build consents has been declining.