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Residential construction is booming with more than 40,000 new homes consented in year to March

Residential construction is booming with more than 40,000 new homes consented in year to March

The residential construction sector is going form strength to strength with the number of new dwellings consented hitting an all time high of 41,028 in the 12 months to the end of March, according to Statistics New Zealand.

That was up 9.1% compared to the previous 12 months.

The previous high for any 12 month period was in the year to February 1974 when 40,025 new dwellings were consented.

The number of new dwellings consented in the month of March was also an all time high of 4218.

The only other time the number of new of homes consented in any single month was more than 4000 was in October 1973, when 4081 new dwelling consents were issued (the interactive chart below shows the number of dwellings consented in each region every month).

Most of the growth in new homes being consented was for townhouses and home units, with 12,390 consented in the year to March, up 39.9% compared to the previous 12 months.

Standalone houses are still the main type of homes being built with 22,771 consented in the year to March, but their annual growth is much lower at just 2.2%.

Perhaps surprisingly, the number of apartments and retirements village units consented were lower in the 12 months to March than they were in the previous 12 months, with apartment consents down 9.0% and retirement village unit consents down 9.9% compared to the year to March 2020.

The total value of construction work for new dwellings consented in the year to March was $15.2 billion, up 9.5% compared to the previous 12 months.

On top of that another $2.0 billion of residential, structural alteration work was consented, taking the total value of residential building work consented to $17.2 billion for the year to March, up 8.4% on the previous 12 months.

Auckland was the main driver of the growth, with consents issued for 17,495 new dwellings in the region in the year to March, up 17.2% compared to the previous 12 months.

That meant Auckland accounted for 42.6% of the new dwelling consents issued nationwide.

Other regions were annual consent growth was in double digits for the year were Gisborne 18.5%, Hawke's Bay 29.7%, Manawatu/Whanganui 17.8%, Tasman 26.5% and Canterbury 11.7%.

However several regions posted annual declines in the number of new dwellings consented - Wellington -8.1%, Nelson -29.6%, Marlborough -9.4%, West Coast -11.0%, Otago -15.8% and Southland -12.8%.

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Consents in Auckland have raised stock of dwellings about 16% since 2013.
Pop up about 30% in that time.
Interest rates far lower now also.
Sales pcm make interesting reading (total sales)

REINZ figures show that pcm average sales in July-March just gone by were 3868.
In 2 years of 2018-19 they were 3179 pcm
In 2010-19 the pcm average was 3468.
In 2000-09 it was 3920 pcm

last 10 months Auckland been selling roughly 11% over LT average.
This making up for previously running below LT average in 2018-19.
So reversion to mean can now be expected once again.

Sales, despite pop increase in Auckland, have fallen 12% in last decade, compared to prev decade.
In the last mania (2014-15) pcm sales were averaging 4108 pcm, or 18.5% above the average for last 20 years.
Current mania is only running 11.5% above average.
Owner occupation % continuing to fall.


Interesting. Made me look it up.
Using this:…

My maths has
- Auckland population increasing 20.2% from 2006 to 2018
- Auckland dwellings increasing 14.0% from 2006 to 2018

(occupied and unoccupied dwellings, not consents)

Added 267,336 people and added 66,243 occupied and unoccupied dwellings.


AC: "Theeeereeee'sss noooooo suuuuuupplyyyyyy!!!!!!!!"


"Theeeereeee'sss noooooo aaafffoordaaable suuuuuupplyyyyyy!!!!!!!!" there fixed that for the majority of those who would like to have the security of housing for more than a year (read for many that is any housing at all since over 98% of NZ homes are inaccessible, most of the 2% only for those over 65 cutting out those under 65, and rentals often deny people with disabilities access to housing) and those who would like the financial benefits of owning their own home but currently do not own or cannot afford any they can move to.


Looks like we'll be running short of houses for a long time.

Be quick.


Meanwhile net immigration has been basically zero for the last year.


I'd bet that we will soon hit a peak in home building if materials prices don't fall back.


I'd bet that we will soon hit a peak in home building if materials prices don't fall back.


The population in 1973 was 2.8M.

So hitting the record we set in 1973 means we need to almost double the build rate to have the same supply effect.