House consents hit five-year high

From : Thursday 30th May 2013

Building consents for new houses have hit a five-year high, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Consents for 1,755 new houses, including apartments, were issued in April, the highest number since 2373 consents in April 2008.

Statistics New Zealand spokesman Blair Cardo said the ”bumper month” for building extended across the country, although numbers naturally higher in Canterbury and Auckland.

”In particular, Wellington and Otago regions together consented 185 apartments, boosting new house numbers there.”

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