Commercial construction bounces back

The volume of non-residential building work rose in the September 2019 quarter after falling in the June quarter, Stats NZ said today.

Non-residential building activity, which includes public and commercial construction, rose 2.4 percent after falling 3.3 percent in the June quarter. This increase accounts for typical seasonal patterns and higher construction costs.

Non-residential building activity slows has more information on last quarter’s decline.

“More work on accommodation and storage buildings this quarter helped boost non-residential building activity,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

Quarter Value Volume
Dec-89 574163000 624834000
Mar-90 561031000 614053000
Jun-90 532842000 588140000
Sep-90 478793000 526224000
Dec-90 455927000 487531000
Mar-91 377915000 408465000
Jun-91 326181000 354964000
Sep-91 315074000 339451000
Dec-91 293991000 314726000
Mar-92 264488000 286904000
Jun-92 285412000 314383000
Sep-92 238707000 259830000
Dec-92 287665000 314077000
Mar-93 348188000 382051000
Jun-93 351375000 384816000
Sep-93 397853000 425897000
Dec-93 423136000 450299000
Mar-94 428075000 454847000
Jun-94 461489000 488941000
Sep-94 499913000 525011000
Dec-94 546620000 570157000
Mar-95 612047000 628266000
Jun-95 687244000 703371000
Sep-95 686475000 693558000
Dec-95 688051000 694960000
Mar-96 701767000 705365000
Jun-96 720192000 723351000
Sep-96 743774000 743963000
Dec-96 689531000 691662000
Mar-97 718448000 718122000
Jun-97 702261000 703369000
Sep-97 696728000 698724000
Dec-97 617718000 619159000
Mar-98 662898000 664370000
Jun-98 697303000 701033000
Sep-98 617369000 619624000
Dec-98 723162000 726835000
Mar-99 636610000 640761000
Jun-99 627022000 628529000
Sep-99 658672000 657656000
Dec-99 708133000 707495000
Mar-00 751354000 748496000
Jun-00 689803000 688913000
Sep-00 652589000 649048000
Dec-00 750801000 743219000
Mar-01 680947000 671685000
Jun-01 774608000 761450000
Sep-01 793518000 774685000
Dec-01 771430000 747910000
Mar-02 794718000 765932000
Jun-02 767931000 740070000
Sep-02 795045000 760793000
Dec-02 833409000 795427000
Mar-03 808137000 761060000
Jun-03 761367000 707842000
Sep-03 878285000 809809000
Dec-03 855725000 776555000
Mar-04 885029000 784491000
Jun-04 994586000 851185000
Sep-04 1083533000 910349000
Dec-04 1052053000 867891000
Mar-05 1099286000 903769000
Jun-05 1321517000 1079221000
Sep-05 1290980000 1038587000
Dec-05 1246377000 997764000
Mar-06 1354805000 1065416000
Jun-06 1312806000 1017367000
Sep-06 1238513000 939704000
Dec-06 1206327000 906323000
Mar-07 1289095000 965710000
Jun-07 1212442000 911244000
Sep-07 1205967000 899958000
Dec-07 1330404000 984321000
Mar-08 1277049000 934999000
Jun-08 1250468000 913397000
Sep-08 1351065000 969169000
Dec-08 1340206000 961893000
Mar-09 1340134000 964740000
Jun-09 1278444000 933732000
Sep-09 1197354000 886295000
Dec-09 1095713000 818958000
Mar-10 1131622000 846218000
Jun-10 1190231000 890723000
Sep-10 1190677000 890579000
Dec-10 1297672000 973784000
Mar-11 1146083000 858587000
Jun-11 1157356000 862559000
Sep-11 1105969000 821013000
Dec-11 1133426000 840630000
Mar-12 1132602000 837755000
Jun-12 1080027000 799104000
Sep-12 1229633000 907862000
Dec-12 1281272000 943405000
Mar-13 1238136000 906311000
Jun-13 1276308000 930811000
Sep-13 1193128000 861610000
Dec-13 1185984000 845362000
Mar-14 1389346000 980924000
Jun-14 1431569000 1000453000
Sep-14 1552952000 1074729000
Dec-14 1442910000 989541000
Mar-15 1500716000 1018639000
Jun-15 1565955000 1053887000
Sep-15 1555136000 1037454000
Dec-15 1578318000 1049020000
Mar-16 1693213000 1115224000
Jun-16 1808609000 1177873000
Sep-16 1832397000 1179143000
Dec-16 1891245000 1191021000
Mar-17 1776657000 1110205000
Jun-17 1811097000 1117219000
Sep-17 1844948000 1127719000
Dec-17 1923316000 1164030000
Mar-18 1894427000 1134682000
Jun-18 1972258000 1165282000
Sep-18 1995956000 1165953000
Dec-18 2122857000 1229415000
Mar-19 2317253000 1326446000
Jun-19 2265118000 1282805000
Sep-19 2364849000 1314010000

“Increases in non-residential building activity, especially in Auckland and the South Island, more than offset a fall in residential building work,” Melissa McKenzie said.

The volume of residential construction fell for the second quarter in a row after significant growth in the March 2019 quarter.

Quarter Residential buildings Non-residential buildings
Sep-17 3.6 0.9
Dec-17 -0.3 3.2
Mar-18 -0.8 -2.5
Jun-18 1 2.7
Sep-18 0.8 0.1
Dec-18 1.9 5.4
Mar-19 3.9 7.9
Jun-19 -0.4 -3.3
Sep-19 -1.1 2.4

Total building activity rose 0.4 percent in the September 2019 quarter.

The volume of building work remains at historically high levels and has been generally increasing since 2012. Activity was originally boosted by the Canterbury earthquake rebuild, and more recently by developments in Auckland.

/Stats NZ Public Release. View in full here.