Annual number of new homes consented up 20 percent

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The number of new homes consented rose 20 percent in the year ended July 2021, compared with the same period in 2020, Stats NZ said today.

鈥淭here were 45,119 new homes consented in the July 2021 year, a 20 percent rise from the previous July year,鈥 Michael Heslop, construction statistics manager said.

鈥淣ew dwelling numbers rose across all regions except Marlborough and Otago in the latest year.鈥

The year ended July 2020 included the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown period in late March and April 2020, which disrupted consent issuance across many territorial authorities.

鈥淭he annual number of new homes consented rose across the North Island, led by a 29 percent rise in Auckland in the July 2021 year. In Canterbury, the annual number of new homes consented rose 19 percent, while they decreased 1.1 percent across the rest of the South Island,鈥 Mr Heslop said.