Extra work lures builders south

JAZIAL CROSSLEY
Last updated 07:02 10/01/2013
Delmira Homes
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Delmira Homes managing director Tai Salatele with his apprentices Ryan Ward and Timur Kavas at a showhome in the Aotea subdivision.

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Post-earthquake construction in Canterbury is the hotbed for residential construction nationwide, although the number of new houses being built in Wellington is improving.

According to the latest Statistics New Zealand data, there were 104 dwellings given resource consents in November at a value of $38 million, up from 88 houses valued at $26m a year earlier.

Delmira Homes managing director Tai Saletele has been busier in Wellington with construction under way for a showhome at Okowai to promote its work. The lure of extra work in Canterbury, where building consents doubled in the year to November, has encouraged him to set up another building business in Christchurch.

"Because I am a Wellington boy, I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have the right connections; otherwise you're going down there blind, but I got approached up here to have guaranteed work. I turned them away for the last year but they really want us down there."

In March, two apprentices he has trained will begin operating the business.

"I think it's probably going to quadruple in Christchurch this year, hopefully."

Johnsonville building company Stonewood Homes consultant John Phillips said business had picked up during the last year. Kerr Construction owner Aaron Kerr expected more building and renovation jobs in the Kelburn to Khandallah region during 2013.

"We had a very good end of the year, increased activity through our website and general inquiries have picked up. We have a lot more confidence in this year."

Nationwide, building consents rose 4.6 per cent in November, seasonally adjusted. There were 1658 new houses consents, up 20 per cent from the year before.

Otago had the second-biggest increase, up 49 per cent to 124 dwellings. Auckland was steady, up to 432 from 430. Waikato consent numbers lifted to 170 from 166. The value of all building consents for November rose 15 per cent to $1.05 billion.

Contact Jazial Crossley
Wellington business reporter
Email: jazial.crossley@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @msbananapeel

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- The Dominion Post

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