Townhouses boost monthly consents to 45-year high

Townhouses helped drive the number of new homes consented to the highest level since 1974, Stats NZ said today.

A total of 3,687 new homes were consented in May. After adjusting for seasonal effects, there was an increase of 13 percent from April 2019, when new home consents fell 7.9 percent.

This is the largest number of new homes consented in a month since May 1974 when 3,786 were consented. The population of New Zealand in the 1970s was around 3 million compared with almost 5 million today.

“A significant increase in the number of multi-unit home consents such as townhouses drove growth in new homes consented this month,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

The number of homes consented each month can vary significantly due to the timing of large projects like townhouses and apartment buildings.

2000-01-01 280
2000-02-01 236
2000-03-01 250
2000-04-01 119
2000-05-01 259
2000-06-01 195
2000-07-01 355
2000-08-01 199
2000-09-01 234
2000-10-01 172
2000-11-01 246
2000-12-01 232
2001-01-01 163
2001-02-01 159
2001-03-01 177
2001-04-01 110
2001-05-01 260
2001-06-01 225
2001-07-01 206
2001-08-01 199
2001-09-01 132
2001-10-01 159
2001-11-01 182
2001-12-01 154
2002-01-01 126
2002-02-01 198
2002-03-01 251
2002-04-01 221
2002-05-01 285
2002-06-01 193
2002-07-01 398
2002-08-01 209
2002-09-01 250
2002-10-01 292
2002-11-01 373
2002-12-01 204
2003-01-01 206
2003-02-01 176
2003-03-01 264
2003-04-01 180
2003-05-01 206
2003-06-01 242
2003-07-01 247
2003-08-01 344
2003-09-01 285
2003-10-01 249
2003-11-01 242
2003-12-01 239
2004-01-01 176
2004-02-01 220
2004-03-01 252
2004-04-01 205
2004-05-01 251
2004-06-01 244
2004-07-01 293
2004-08-01 291
2004-09-01 238
2004-10-01 350
2004-11-01 184
2004-12-01 129
2005-01-01 209
2005-02-01 302
2005-03-01 235
2005-04-01 165
2005-05-01 191
2005-06-01 325
2005-07-01 152
2005-08-01 324
2005-09-01 180
2005-10-01 166
2005-11-01 339
2005-12-01 261
2006-01-01 257
2006-02-01 224
2006-03-01 248
2006-04-01 175
2006-05-01 203
2006-06-01 164
2006-07-01 228
2006-08-01 235
2006-09-01 247
2006-10-01 275
2006-11-01 252
2006-12-01 205
2007-01-01 176
2007-02-01 241
2007-03-01 219
2007-04-01 220
2007-05-01 257
2007-06-01 214
2007-07-01 221
2007-08-01 179
2007-09-01 209
2007-10-01 212
2007-11-01 247
2007-12-01 209
2008-01-01 159
2008-02-01 147
2008-03-01 120
2008-04-01 189
2008-05-01 146
2008-06-01 141
2008-07-01 135
2008-08-01 126
2008-09-01 133
2008-10-01 100
2008-11-01 124
2008-12-01 89
2009-01-01 82
2009-02-01 100
2009-03-01 202
2009-04-01 87
2009-05-01 78
2009-06-01 81
2009-07-01 121
2009-08-01 123
2009-09-01 110
2009-10-01 93
2009-11-01 130
2009-12-01 85
2010-01-01 86
2010-02-01 147
2010-03-01 140
2010-04-01 112
2010-05-01 102
2010-06-01 98
2010-07-01 99
2010-08-01 64
2010-09-01 109
2010-10-01 97
2010-11-01 84
2010-12-01 94
2011-01-01 65
2011-02-01 108
2011-03-01 106
2011-04-01 89
2011-05-01 91
2011-06-01 71
2011-07-01 56
2011-08-01 127
2011-09-01 111
2011-10-01 60
2011-11-01 66
2011-12-01 73
2012-01-01 27
2012-02-01 67
2012-03-01 115
2012-04-01 89
2012-05-01 75
2012-06-01 82
2012-07-01 115
2012-08-01 93
2012-09-01 74
2012-10-01 116
2012-11-01 115
2012-12-01 132
2013-01-01 94
2013-02-01 78
2013-03-01 72
2013-04-01 121
2013-05-01 207
2013-06-01 100
2013-07-01 135
2013-08-01 101
2013-09-01 181
2013-10-01 170
2013-11-01 268
2013-12-01 184
2014-01-01 132
2014-02-01 153
2014-03-01 184
2014-04-01 291
2014-05-01 167
2014-06-01 238
2014-07-01 230
2014-08-01 274
2014-09-01 214
2014-10-01 261
2014-11-01 320
2014-12-01 256
2015-01-01 319
2015-02-01 212
2015-03-01 382
2015-04-01 231
2015-05-01 285
2015-06-01 311
2015-07-01 464
2015-08-01 343
2015-09-01 246
2015-10-01 196
2015-11-01 376
2015-12-01 291
2016-01-01 185
2016-02-01 341
2016-03-01 334
2016-04-01 335
2016-05-01 327
2016-06-01 364
2016-07-01 436
2016-08-01 515
2016-09-01 393
2016-10-01 370
2016-11-01 507
2016-12-01 294
2017-01-01 285
2017-02-01 373
2017-03-01 407
2017-04-01 345
2017-05-01 495
2017-06-01 379
2017-07-01 350
2017-08-01 462
2017-09-01 427
2017-10-01 445
2017-11-01 577
2017-12-01 330
2018-01-01 352
2018-02-01 508
2018-03-01 617
2018-04-01 566
2018-05-01 531
2018-06-01 595
2018-07-01 535
2018-08-01 497
2018-09-01 506
2018-10-01 663
2018-11-01 670
2018-12-01 451
2019-01-01 418
2019-02-01 566
2019-03-01 602
2019-04-01 553
2019-05-01 919
2000-01-01 1527
2000-02-01 1620
2000-03-01 2062
2000-04-01 1405
2000-05-01 2103
2000-06-01 1598
2000-07-01 1756
2000-08-01 1716
2000-09-01 1728
2000-10-01 1585
2000-11-01 1700
2000-12-01 1285
2001-01-01 1335
2001-02-01 1397
2001-03-01 1762
2001-04-01 1585
2001-05-01 1856
2001-06-01 1640
2001-07-01 1690
2001-08-01 2020
2001-09-01 1678
2001-10-01 1931
2001-11-01 2148
2001-12-01 1497
2002-01-01 1486
2002-02-01 1745
2002-03-01 1986
2002-04-01 2206
2002-05-01 2282
2002-06-01 1864
2002-07-01 2738
2002-08-01 2105
2002-09-01 2420
2002-10-01 3412
2002-11-01 2432
2002-12-01 2532
2003-01-01 1995
2003-02-01 1797
2003-03-01 2537
2003-04-01 2232
2003-05-01 2485
2003-06-01 2389
2003-07-01 2621
2003-08-01 2704
2003-09-01 3003
2003-10-01 2508
2003-11-01 3032
2003-12-01 2611
2004-01-01 2672
2004-02-01 2529
2004-03-01 3037
2004-04-01 2543
2004-05-01 2544
2004-06-01 3447
2004-07-01 2354
2004-08-01 2296
2004-09-01 2291
2004-10-01 2619
2004-11-01 2675
2004-12-01 2416
2005-01-01 1898
2005-02-01 2145
2005-03-01 3027
2005-04-01 1617
2005-05-01 1977
2005-06-01 2129
2005-07-01 2005
2005-08-01 2301
2005-09-01 2283
2005-10-01 1901
2005-11-01 2295
2005-12-01 2445
2006-01-01 1900
2006-02-01 2254
2006-03-01 2299
2006-04-01 1558
2006-05-01 2328
2006-06-01 1994
2006-07-01 2145
2006-08-01 2437
2006-09-01 2545
2006-10-01 2377
2006-11-01 2232
2006-12-01 1883
2007-01-01 1880
2007-02-01 2092
2007-03-01 2269
2007-04-01 1782
2007-05-01 2322
2007-06-01 2574
2007-07-01 2160
2007-08-01 2508
2007-09-01 1988
2007-10-01 2087
2007-11-01 2189
2007-12-01 1739
2008-01-01 1743
2008-02-01 1874
2008-03-01 1567
2008-04-01 2373
2008-05-01 1653
2008-06-01 1380
2008-07-01 1435
2008-08-01 1328
2008-09-01 1635
2008-10-01 1173
2008-11-01 1168
2008-12-01 1127
2009-01-01 812
2009-02-01 1059
2009-03-01 1091
2009-04-01 1009
2009-05-01 1238
2009-06-01 1100
2009-07-01 1214
2009-08-01 1195
2009-09-01 1430
2009-10-01 1424
2009-11-01 1500
2009-12-01 1353
2010-01-01 1042
2010-02-01 1375
2010-03-01 1501
2010-04-01 1400
2010-05-01 1360
2010-06-01 1373
2010-07-01 1473
2010-08-01 1229
2010-09-01 1262
2010-10-01 1123
2010-11-01 1470
2010-12-01 994
2011-01-01 867
2011-02-01 973
2011-03-01 1087
2011-04-01 927
2011-05-01 1139
2011-06-01 995
2011-07-01 1170
2011-08-01 1509
2011-09-01 1246
2011-10-01 1238
2011-11-01 1384
2011-12-01 1127
2012-01-01 1098
2012-02-01 1204
2012-03-01 1559
2012-04-01 1230
2012-05-01 1372
2012-06-01 1277
2012-07-01 1478
2012-08-01 1513
2012-09-01 1520
2012-10-01 1639
2012-11-01 1658
2012-12-01 1381
2013-01-01 1312
2013-02-01 1542
2013-03-01 1475
2013-04-01 1755
2013-05-01 1971
2013-06-01 1539
2013-07-01 1893
2013-08-01 1748
2013-09-01 1862
2013-10-01 1891
2013-11-01 2267
2013-12-01 2035
2014-01-01 1644
2014-02-01 1768
2014-03-01 1999
2014-04-01 2082
2014-05-01 2125
2014-06-01 2002
2014-07-01 2282
2014-08-01 2059
2014-09-01 1985
2014-10-01 2152
2014-11-01 2420
2014-12-01 2199
2015-01-01 1703
2015-02-01 1758
2015-03-01 2271
2015-04-01 2112
2015-05-01 2171
2015-06-01 2042
2015-07-01 2824
2015-08-01 2291
2015-09-01 2242
2015-10-01 2349
2015-11-01 2831
2015-12-01 2538
2016-01-01 1695
2016-02-01 2379
2016-03-01 2315
2016-04-01 2361
2016-05-01 2520
2016-06-01 2752
2016-07-01 2811
2016-08-01 2834
2016-09-01 2614
2016-10-01 2575
2016-11-01 3005
2016-12-01 2205
2017-01-01 1752
2017-02-01 2418
2017-03-01 2779
2017-04-01 2106
2017-05-01 2794
2017-06-01 2560
2017-07-01 2762
2017-08-01 3166
2017-09-01 2770
2017-10-01 2549
2017-11-01 3262
2017-12-01 2169
2018-01-01 1916
2018-02-01 2412
2018-03-01 2926
2018-04-01 2729
2018-05-01 3407
2018-06-01 2792
2018-07-01 2752
2018-08-01 3075
2018-09-01 2559
2018-10-01 2926
2018-11-01 3120
2018-12-01 2382
2019-01-01 2496
2019-02-01 3098
2019-03-01 3180
2019-04-01 2605
2019-05-01 3687

Auckland and Waikato saw the largest growth in new homes consented this month, driven by increases in the number of townhouses, flats, and units.

On an annual basis, both regions had the highest number of new homes consented since regional records began in 1990.

Auckland consented 13,881 new homes in the year ended May 2019, up 13 percent from the May 2018 year, while Waikato consented over 4,000, up 17 percent.

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