Non-residential consents surge in Christchurch

By: Statistics New Zealand

The value of building consents reached an all-time high in August 2015, boosted by planned non-residential work in Christchurch.

According to Statistics New Zealand, more than $1.5 billion of building work was consented across New Zealand, with one-quarter of that value coming from non-residential buildings in Christchurch.

"Christchurch really stands out this month, because we’ve got these non-residential consents accounting for a big chunk of the national total," business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said.

Several large consents contributed to the increase. The largest was a consent for the Regional Science and Innovation Centre at the University of Canterbury.

So far this year, Christchurch has consented $1.2 billion of non-residential building work – slightly more than the $1.1 billion of residential work consented over the same period.

"What we’re seeing in Christchurch is a few big consents for offices, hospitals, and the university," Mr Kelly said.

Dwellings up from same month last year

Across New Zealand, 2,291 new dwellings were consented in August 2015 – up 11 percent from August 2014.

The regions that consented the most new dwellings in August were:

  • Auckland: 741
  • Canterbury: 596
  • Waikato: 233

The seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented was down 4.9 percent. However, this followed a 20 percent increase in July, and the trend is increasing.

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