Detailed growth trends

Graphs and data on urban development trends in Wellington City.

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From 1991 to 2016, the type of dwellings consented are roughly evenly split, with slightly more houses being consented than apartments and townhouses/units. Since 2000, the number of apartment buildings being consented began to increase and for the period from 2000 to 2016, there were slightly more apartments being consented than houses and townhouses/units.

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Note: For this graph, 'units' includes retirement village units.


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This graph shows the number of dwellings which have been fully constructed, based on receiving a code compliance certificate (CCC). The number of constructed dwellings has varied significantly since 2003, however, since 2012 the number of constructed dwellings has remained consistently flat.

Extra datasets can be selected, including consented dwellings, which can be compared to completed dwellings to show the approximate delay between developments being consented and constructed. This graph can also show projected dwellings, based on work done for Wellington City Council by Forecast.ID.


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This graph shows the number of dwellings for which building consents have been granted, or which have been constructed, as well as estimated population increase. This is meant to provide a rough indication of over-supply and under-supply of housing over time.

Housing capacity is estimated by multiplying the number of consented dwellings by the average Wellington City household size of 2.6 (as at the 2013 Census). In addition to population growth, extra demand for dwellings will also arise from changes of household formation (eg the trend for smaller households). 

Due to the population data available, this graph uses years from July-June rather than calendar years. As a result, values may seem different to those on other graphs on this website.


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The other councils used in the graph are those within the Wellington Region - Kapiti Coast, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, South Wairarapa, Carterton, and Masterton.

For most years between 1991 and 2016, over half of all consented new dwellings were in Wellington City. The number of standalone houses granted consent have always been greater across the region than in Wellington City, however the large majority of consents for new apartments and units are in Wellington City.


Data Sources

This work includes:

  • Data from Statistics New Zealand, which is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.
  • Data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence.
  • Data from Infometrics and Forecast.ID, prepared for Wellington City Council.

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