May 30, 2012 Alex Tarrant
The number of building consents issued for new dwellings in April was 33% higher than the same month a year ago, boosted by apartment building for retirement villages, figures released by Statistics New Zealand show.
There were consents issued for 1,230 new dwellings, including apartments, in April, up 33% from April 2011. Excluding apartments, there were 1,092 consents issued for houses, which was up 22% from a year ago.
Of the 138 apartments consented in April, 88 were for retirement village units.
Seasonally adjusted figures showed a 7.2% fall in consents issued in April from March, but this followed a 19.6% rise in March.
“There has been a big increase in the number of consents for apartments this April compared with the same month last year,” industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said.