Why is this important?
Dwelling consents and household growth tell us about the rate of residential building activity and is an indicator of economic activity.
- In the year to September 2018, there were 4,234 new dwelling consents issued across Greater Christchurch (the three territorial authorities combined -Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri).
- In Christchurch City for the same period, there were 2,487 consents (59%), 1,186 (28%) in Selwyn, and 566 (13%) in Waimakariri.
- The number of households across Greater Christchurch increased by 4,246 in the year to June 2017 (2018 data not yet available).
- For Christchurch City that was an increase of 2,600 households (61%), with 1,069 in Selwyn (25%) and 577 in Waimakariri (14%).
Note this is an interactive chart and you can click on the legend items to change what is shown on the graph.
The loss of 5,600 households in 2011 from Christchurch City was due to the Canterbury earthquakes. Conversely, both Selwyn (655) and Waimakariri (692) experienced an increase in household numbers during the period.
In more recent years the data would suggest that the number of new dwelling consents being issued is much more closely matched to the annual increase in the number of households across the three territorial authorities.