I'm amazed, frankly, that ANYTHING is being built in New Zealand any more, what with the horendous costs of permits and'consents' from bureaucrats, the RMA etc. To build a deck or a carport alone costs thousands of dollars in bribes to the local council and I shudder to think what hoops somebody would have to jump through to build an actual building.
And how many do we need to build?What was the population increase last year?I imagine several times more.The planners are raping the poor by making housing too expensive.That is yet another joy of socialism.But the 'workers' seem unable to see this.
I think you are including Totasl consents there, ie including renovations. Last year 13662 new consents including apartments were issued for year ending December . http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Construction/BuildingConsentsIssued_HOTPDec11.aspx
I should clarify that this number came from a Productivity Commission report on Housing prepared in 2011. I think it's a rolling average over the last 10 years or so; and of course there will be yearly variances.
I know that we are still building leaky ones as well.
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