13 Regional Building Consents There was a significant lift in building consents in Auckland in August. This was mostly attributable to a large increase in apartment consents – with August having twice the monthly average of apartment consents for 2017. Apartment consents tend to be more volatile each month as they are consented for in large blocks. Elsewhere consents are also trending up, including in Christchurch where expectations were that the residential rebuild should be coming to an end. New Residential Dwelling Consents Trend Source: Statistics New Zealand