Residential growth

Graphs and data on residential growth trends in Wellington City.

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The total number of dwellings consented across the city gives a good indication of what has been and what will be built, as an analysis of historic data shows that 80-95% of consented dwellings are built. The value of consented construction is an estimate of cost before construction has begun and provides an indication about the strength of the local economy. The number of constructed dwellings shows what has been built, based on the granting of a Code of Compliance Certificate.

Although not every development requires a resource consent, the number of resource consents granted across the city is a good indication of economic activity. The number of subdivision consents helps show how much greenfield land may be developed in the near future. 


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This graph shows the number of dwellings for which building consents have been granted from 2004 to 2016. Using the dropdown boxes, you can also show the type of dwelling consented and compare different areas of Wellington City. After the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, there was a decrease in the overall number of consents granted. However since 2014, the number of newly consented dwellings has been increasing.


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A significant proportion of the city's growth from 2004 to 2016 has occurred in Te Aro and inner city suburbs where a large amount of apartments and units have been granted consent. However over the last few years, the number of consents granted in the northern areas of Wellington City has increased as greenfield land has been developed. The majority of consents in these areas are for standalone dwellings.


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The number of apartments and units granted consent varies significantly over time, whereas the number of houses and retirement village units remains relatively consistent. Following the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, consents significantly slowed down. Over the last couple of years, we have begun to see signs of recovery as the number of consented dwellings has begun to increase.


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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