There was a record number of new homes consented in August, in spite of the country being in level 4 lockdown for half of the month.
Statistics New Zealand says 4490 new dwellings were consented in August, an all time high for any month of the year.
That was up a whopping 42% compared to August last year.
The number of dwellings consented in the 12 months to August also set an annual record at 46,453, up 24% compared to the 12 months to August 2020.
Those figures bode well for construction activity and the supply of new homes for the next two years at least.
The strong growth in dwelling consents was led by activity in Auckland and Canterbury.
In the Auckland region, 2162 new dwelling consents were issued in August, accounting for 48% of the national total.
Auckland consents were up 55.4% in August compared to August last year, and in the year to August 19,929 consents were issued in the region, up 34% on the previous 12 months.
In Canterbury 701 consents were issued in August, up 61% compared to August last year, taking the 12 month total to 7077. That's up 25% compared to the previous 12 months.
Stand alone houses remain the most popular type of new dwelling with consents issued for 25,289 across the entire country in the 12 months to August, up 16% on the previous 12 months.
The next most popular type of new dwelling were townhouses and units with 14,568 consented in the year to August, up 45% on the previous 12 months, followed by 4084 apartments (+14%), and 2512 retirement village units (+25%).
The first interactive chart below shows the number of dwellings consented each month in each region of the country, and the second chart shows the monthly trend in the types of dwellings consented.
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