High-density housing on rise

The number of new high-density homes consented grew 22 percent in the September 2019 year, reaching 14,492 consented, Stats NZ said today.

High-density or multi-unit homes include apartments, townhouses, flats and units, and retirement village units. Growth of these outpaced that of stand-alone houses, which grew 6.1 percent between the last two September years.

Growth in the number of multi-unit homes helped push the total number of new homes consented to 36,446, up 12.0 percent from the September 2018 year. This is the highest since the October 1974 year, but is still below the record 40,025 new homes consented in the February 1974 year.

The population of New Zealand in the mid-1970s was around 3 million, compared with about 4.9 million today.

“The rise in consents for multi-unit homes continues to be driven by more activity in Auckland, with over 1,000 more multi-unit homes consented there in the past 12 months than in the previous year,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

“More multi-unit homes have been consented in other regions too and are becoming more common in many parts of New Zealand.”

Region Auckland Waikato Canterbury Wellington Otago
2012 1024 226 637 445 134
2013 1327 404 613 520 179
2014 2842 581 1267 694 170
2015 3755 547 1894 573 194
2016 4214 585 1951 857 265
2017 5170 840 1182 892 524
2018 6792 1025 1281 1070 587
2019 7924 1512 1535 1351 843

“While stand-alone houses still dominate the New Zealand market for new home builds, the gap between stand-alone houses and multi-unit dwellings consented has been getting smaller,” Ms McKenzie said.

“In the September 2019 year, 40 percent of all homes consented were apartments, townhouses, flats, units, or retirement village units, compared with a low point of about 15 percent in 2010.”

Year ended Multi-unit homes Stand-alone houses
Mar-91 6344 14476
Apr-91 6259 14329
May-91 6091 13956
Jun-91 5964 13593
Jul-91 5901 13341
Aug-91 5752 13013
Sep-91 5693 12931
Oct-91 5487 12688
Nov-91 5276 12363
Dec-91 5138 12380
Jan-92 4974 12392
Feb-92 4996 12466
Mar-92 5133 12430
Apr-92 5153 12536
May-92 5049 12489
Jun-92 5046 12612
Jul-92 5002 12660
Aug-92 5037 12679
Sep-92 4914 12584
Oct-92 4864 12553
Nov-92 4756 12721
Dec-92 4683 13056
Jan-93 4873 13026
Feb-93 4965 12984
Mar-93 4800 13105
Apr-93 4654 13189
May-93 4568 13355
Jun-93 4534 13540
Jul-93 4537 13628
Aug-93 4607 13834
Sep-93 4763 13974
Oct-93 4802 13936
Nov-93 4888 14031
Dec-93 4861 13876
Jan-94 4742 13968
Feb-94 4759 14168
Mar-94 5018 14343
Apr-94 5107 14392
May-94 5485 14594
Jun-94 5680 14683
Jul-94 5902 14887
Aug-94 6039 15166
Sep-94 6123 15443
Oct-94 6288 15798
Nov-94 6720 16082
Dec-94 6869 16230
Jan-95 6934 16372
Feb-95 7170 16409
Mar-95 7196 16485
Apr-95 7252 16315
May-95 7180 16120
Jun-95 7347 15888
Jul-95 7154 15595
Aug-95 7048 15318
Sep-95 6997 15041
Oct-95 7043 14933
Nov-95 6624 14721
Dec-95 6573 14541
Jan-96 6520 14600
Feb-96 6349 14766
Mar-96 6396 14846
Apr-96 6562 15201
May-96 6680 15590
Jun-96 6343 15832
Jul-96 6344 16172
Aug-96 6227 16342
Sep-96 6033 16590
Oct-96 5788 16686
Nov-96 5711 16930
Dec-96 5681 17142
Jan-97 5670 17284
Feb-97 5590 17242
Mar-97 5368 17098
Apr-97 5186 17325
May-97 4991 17277
Jun-97 5223 17426
Jul-97 5417 17732
Aug-97 5564 17878
Sep-97 6189 18170
Oct-97 6230 18426
Nov-97 6340 18437
Dec-97 6529 18594
Jan-98 6529 18552
Feb-98 6776 18582
Mar-98 6837 18746
Apr-98 6869 18367
May-98 6754 18025
Jun-98 6574 17682
Jul-98 6419 17141
Aug-98 6213 16749
Sep-98 5681 16212
Oct-98 5447 15762
Nov-98 5663 15487
Dec-98 5497 15252
Jan-99 5539 15159
Feb-99 5255 15155
Mar-99 5314 15452
Apr-99 5565 15756
May-99 5784 16277
Jun-99 5862 16746
Jul-99 6229 17259
Aug-99 6635 17835
Sep-99 6866 18576
Oct-99 7188 18883
Nov-99 7026 19120
Dec-99 7184 19193
Jan-00 7254 19100
Feb-00 7123 19075
Mar-00 7025 18833
Apr-00 6500 18510
May-00 6500 18236
Jun-00 6309 17935
Jul-00 6087 17385
Aug-00 5682 17016
Sep-00 5355 16438
Oct-00 5200 16061
Nov-00 4992 15787
Dec-00 4691 15394
Jan-01 4426 15467
Feb-01 4363 15307
Mar-01 4241 15129
Apr-01 4465 15085
May-01 4330 14973
Jun-01 4383 14962
Jul-01 4168 15111
Aug-01 4437 15146
Sep-01 4379 15154
Oct-01 4432 15447
Nov-01 4739 15588
Dec-01 4734 15805
Jan-02 4748 15942
Feb-02 4977 16061
Mar-02 5025 16237
Apr-02 5259 16624
May-02 5301 17008
Jun-02 5306 17227
Jul-02 5834 17747
Aug-02 5628 18038
Sep-02 6078 18330
Oct-02 7374 18515
Nov-02 7508 18665
Dec-02 8068 19140
Jan-03 8319 19398
Feb-03 8128 19641
Mar-03 8502 19818
Apr-03 8503 19843
May-03 8504 20045
Jun-03 8642 20432
Jul-03 8320 20637
Aug-03 8539 21017
Sep-03 8679 21460
Oct-03 7372 21863
Nov-03 7627 22208
Dec-03 7500 22414
Jan-04 7986 22605
Feb-04 8517 22806
Mar-04 8533 23290
Apr-04 8745 23389
May-04 8747 23446
Jun-04 9464 23787
Jul-04 9418 23566
Aug-04 9380 23196
Sep-04 8989 22875
Oct-04 9558 22417
Nov-04 9398 22220
Dec-04 9481 21942
Jan-05 9035 21614
Feb-05 8809 21456
Mar-05 9132 21123
Apr-05 8594 20735
May-05 8380 20382
Jun-05 7677 19767
Jul-05 7703 19392
Aug-05 7625 19475
Sep-05 7594 19498
Oct-05 7001 19373
Nov-05 6576 19418
Dec-05 6633 19390
Jan-06 6637 19388
Feb-06 6737 19397
Mar-06 6081 19325
Apr-06 6121 19226
May-06 6237 19461
Jun-06 6103 19460
Jul-06 6062 19641
Aug-06 6021 19818
Sep-06 6254 19847
Oct-06 6493 20084
Nov-06 6468 20046
Dec-06 5956 19996
Jan-07 5850 20082
Feb-07 5667 20103
Mar-07 5658 20082
Apr-07 5705 20259
May-07 5630 20328
Jun-07 6008 20530
Jul-07 5890 20663
Aug-07 5939 20685
Sep-07 5592 20475
Oct-07 5297 20480
Nov-07 5210 20524
Dec-07 5308 20282
Jan-08 5282 20171
Feb-08 5134 20101
Mar-08 4901 19632
Apr-08 5476 19648
May-08 5386 19069
Jun-08 4890 18371
Jul-08 4763 17773
Aug-08 4556 16800
Sep-08 4742 16261
Oct-08 4586 15503
Nov-08 4481 14587
Dec-08 4277 14179
Jan-09 4029 13496
Feb-09 3979 12731
Mar-09 3990 12244
Apr-09 3300 11570
May-09 3380 11075
Jun-09 3332 10843
Jul-09 3242 10712
Aug-09 3103 10718
Sep-09 2826 10790
Oct-09 2914 10953
Nov-09 2867 11332
Dec-09 2851 11574
Jan-10 2853 11802
Feb-10 2732 12239
Mar-10 2727 12654
Apr-10 2687 13085
May-10 2517 13377
Jun-10 2469 13698
Jul-10 2604 13822
Aug-10 2561 13899
Sep-10 2513 13779
Oct-10 2408 13583
Nov-10 2562 13399
Dec-10 2536 13066
Jan-11 2585 12842
Feb-11 2565 12460
Mar-11 2532 12079
Apr-11 2427 11711
May-11 2412 11505
Jun-11 2406 11133
Jul-11 2301 10935
Aug-11 2527 10989
Sep-11 2576 10924
Oct-11 2623 10992
Nov-11 2470 11059
Dec-11 2550 11112
Jan-12 2632 11261
Feb-12 2630 11494
Mar-12 2749 11847
Apr-12 2878 12021
May-12 2853 12279
Jun-12 2917 12497
Jul-12 3070 12652
Aug-12 2986 12740
Sep-12 3017 12983
Oct-12 3133 13268
Nov-12 3128 13547
Dec-12 3196 13733
Jan-13 3116 14027
Feb-13 3224 14257
Mar-13 3076 14321
Apr-13 3209 14713
May-13 3497 15024
Jun-13 3550 15233
Jul-13 3586 15612
Aug-13 3614 15819
Sep-13 3668 16107
Oct-13 3695 16332
Nov-13 4251 16385
Dec-13 4569 16721
Jan-14 4677 16945
Feb-14 4683 17165
Mar-14 4881 17491
Apr-14 5185 17514
May-14 5178 17675
Jun-14 5392 17924
Jul-14 5682 18023
Aug-14 5964 18052
Sep-14 6108 18031
Oct-14 6225 18175
Nov-14 6258 18295
Dec-14 6358 18359
Jan-15 6628 18148
Feb-15 6762 18004
Mar-15 7026 18012
Apr-15 7065 18003
May-15 7209 17905
Jun-15 7237 17917
Jul-15 7564 18132
Aug-15 7662 18266
Sep-15 7630 18555
Oct-15 7784 18598
Nov-15 7970 18823
Dec-15 8094 19038
Jan-16 7941 19183
Feb-16 8199 19546
Mar-16 8068 19721
Apr-16 7940 20098
May-16 7920 20467
Jun-16 8269 20828
Jul-16 8294 20790
Aug-16 8439 21188
Sep-16 8700 21299
Oct-16 8856 21369
Nov-16 9008 21391
Dec-16 8756 21310
Jan-17 8846 21277
Feb-17 8836 21326
Mar-17 9192 21434
Apr-17 9192 21179
May-17 9383 21262
Jun-17 9363 21090
Jul-17 9175 21229
Aug-17 9497 21239
Sep-17 9702 21190
Oct-17 9672 21194
Nov-17 9945 21178
Dec-17 10065 21022
Jan-18 10102 21149
Feb-18 10193 21052
Mar-18 10510 20882
Apr-18 11006 21009
May-18 11491 21137
Jun-18 11684 21176
Jul-18 11843 21007
Aug-18 11897 20862
Sep-18 11856 20692
Oct-18 12007 20918
Nov-18 11726 21057
Dec-18 11871 21125
Jan-19 12306 21270
Feb-19 12842 21420
Mar-19 12900 21616
Apr-19 12731 21661
May-19 13200 21509
Jun-19 13366 21438
Jul-19 13664 21808
Aug-19 13775 21883
Sep-19 14492 21954

Monthly new homes consented rise in September

In seasonally adjusted terms, the number of new homes consented rose 7.2 percent in September 2019, following a 0.9 percent rise in August 2019.

The number of new homes consented each month can vary significantly due to timing of large multi-unit dwelling projects, such as townhouses and apartment buildings.

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