Record number of new homes consented

The previous record was 4310 new homes consented in June 2021. File photo.

A record 4490 new homes were consented in August 2021, says Stats NZ this week.

The previous record was 4310 new homes consented in June 2021.

“August was another record-breaking month with 4,490 new homes consented, despite the country being in lockdown for two weeks,” says construction statistics manager Michael Heslop.

New Zealand was at Covid-19 alert level 4 for 10 of the 22 working days in August 2021, effective from Wednesday, August 18, to Tuesday, August 31.

"It was also an annual record with 46,453 new homes consented in the year ended August 2021, up 24 per cent from the August 2020 year,” says Heslop.

The earlier high of 40,025 new homes consented in the year ended February 1974 was first exceeded in the March 2021 year.

“Auckland’s new home numbers rose 34 per cent in the latest year, including a 56 per cent increase in the number of multi-unit homes consented compared with the year ended August 2020,” says Heslop.

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