House building consents in the greater Wellington region dipped in April after a strong result in March, in line with national figures.
In April there were 79 consents issued for Wellington, down from 136 in March.
But the April figures were better than the same month last year, when 68 consents were issued for homes and apartments.
For Wellington city alone, there were 20 house consents issued, down from a strong 63 in March. In April last year, there were 29 consents issued for Wellington alone.
The Hawke's Bay region showed a strong rebound in home building in April, with 62 consents issued for the month- double the number in March.
Consents in Manawatu-Wanganui were more in line with national trends, with 41 consents in April, down from 58 in March.
Meanwhile, national housing consents fell in April after a big jump up in March, according to Statistics New Zealand figures.
In April there were consents issued for 1230 new homes, including apartments, down from 1559 issued in March.
The value of home and apartment building consents in April was $364 million, down from $430 in March, which was the best monthly value for several years.
Excluding apartments, there were consents for 1092 new homes, down from 1394 in March.
Of the 133 new apartments consented during April, 88 were retirement village units. The total number of apartments was down from 165 consents issued in March.
However, the total number of consents in April this year was up 33 per cent from the same month last year, which was a dire year for the building industry.
Compared with April last year residential consent values rose $95 million.
Apartments accounted for a third of the increase over the same month last year.
Eleven of New Zealand's 16 regions had increases compared with April last year, with Auckland and Canterbury being the two leading contributors.
In Canterbury, earthquake-related building consents totalled $28 million in April 2012. Of this, $18 million was for non-residential buildings and $9 million was for residential buildings, including 17 new houses.
In the year to April, just under 14,900 homes and apartments were consented, slightly better than the previous April year.
However, the annual consents were down massively from almost 26,000 in the same period in 2007.
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