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Auckland building activity hits a high

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/06/2016

A construction worker labors on a house under construction in the suburb of Pukekohe in Auckland, New Zealand © Brendon O'Hagan/Bloomberg A construction worker labors on a house under construction in the suburb of Pukekohe in Auckland, New Zealand Building activity in Auckland has topped an all-time high of $6 billion a year and is on track to meet "ambitious targets", the government says.

Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith says the housing accord with Auckland Council set a target of 39,000 new sections created and dwelling consents issued over three years.

"By 31 March 2016, 30,389 had been achieved compared with a target of 30,500 at that date - 99.6 per cent of the target," he said.

"The number of homes being built has grown by 37 per cent, 22 per cent and 20 per cent in each year since the accord was agreed in 2013.

"The level of building activity for the year to March 2016 is $6.1b, the highest in Auckland ever."

The figures are in the latest housing accord monitoring report, released by Dr Smith and Mayor Len Brown.

"These encouraging and impressive figures reflect the real progress we have made and show we have risen to the challenge in a short space of time," Mr Brown said.

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