Canterbury consents rose 80pc in Sept
Canterbury again helped drive a national increase in residential building consents in September, with the rebuild of earthquake-wrecked Christchurch homes picking up slowly.
Statistics New Zealand figures show that in the month of September the number of new housing approvals in Canterbury grew strongly from a year ago.
Statistics New Zealand industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said nationally the number of new houses consented grew by 22 per cent in September 2012, compared with September 2011.
There were 1520 new houses consented in September, including 186 apartments.
In Canterbury there were 396 new dwellings consented, up from 220 in September 2011.
''Canterbury and Auckland drove the national increase in new houses in September 2012,'' Cardno said.
''The number of new houses was up 80 per cent in Canterbury and up 50 per cent in Auckland.''
While in previous months many consents have been outside Christchurch city, in the surrounding districts of Waimakariri, Selwyn and Ashburton, this month the city is picking up consent volume.
There were 154 consents in the city in September, compared to 85 in September 2011.
In Waimakariri district there were 102 consents in September, up from 52 in the same month a year earlier. In Selwyn there were 84 new dwelling consents up from 45 a year earlier.
The 84 total was the highest monthly number since September 2007.
Statistics NZ said there have been only five months since the series began in 1990, in which Waimakariri district has consented 100 or more new dwellings per month. All of these months are in 2012.
In Canterbury, earthquake-related building consents totalled $58 million in September 2012.
Of this, $17 million was for residential work and $41 million was for non-residential work.
Statistics NZ said nationally there were 1334 new houses consented, excluding apartments, up 19 per cent from the year earlier month.
There were 186 new apartments, up from 122.
Compared with August 2012, and after removing seasonal fluctuations, the number of new houses nationally, including apartments, increased 7.8 per cent in September.
Excluding apartments, the number of new houses increased 5.6 per cent. The trend for both series has been growing for 18 months.