Building consents for new dwellings rose 10.2% to 1,238 in October from a year ago, with most of the increase coming from Auckland consents, Statistics New Zealand says.
Excluding the volatile apartment category, consents for new dwellings rose 4.5% to 1,149 in October from October 2010.
The trend for building consents rose for the seventh consecutive month in October. Seasonally adjusted figures showing an 11.2% rise to 1,279 during the month from September. Excluding apartments, seasonally adjusted figures showed a 7.1% monthly rise to 1,123.
"New house approvals show a rising trend for seven consecutive months, following historically low levels," Stats NZ industry and labour statistics manager Louise Holmes-Oliver said.
"Seasonally adjusted numbers fell markedly in September but are up again in October."