Number of cranes goes sky-high

The construction boom is seeing an unprecedented number of cranes rise across New Zealand’s cities, according to research released today. The Q2 2017 RLB Crane Index revealed a record 132 cranes towering over New Zealand’s cities, with Auckland alone accounting for 72.


“In Auckland, in particular, strong economic growth driven by high inward migration and increasing tourist numbers, along with solid housing activity, manufacturing and consumer spending, has seen the rock star economy continuing to drive the construction industry, where demand is stretching the current supply,” said Chris Haines, Rider Levett Bucknall’s Auckland Director.

“Auckland continues to dominate New Zealand skies with 72 long-term cranes, 55 per cent of all cranes observed across the seven key centres,” Haines said. “The current index highlights a 13 per cent increase in the number of cranes within the Auckland region since the last count in Q4 2016. Twenty-three new cranes have been erected and 15 have been removed from projects that are nearing completion.” Construction work put in place increased by 20 per cent in the 2016 calendar year, making it the fifth consecutive year of growth.


  • Anne Gibson
  • NZ Herald

30,000 homes for Tauranga

An estimated 30,000 new homes will be built in Tauranga by 2041 to deal with a predicted population explosion, a council report reveals.

The population of about 120,000 people is expected to jump 45 per cent to an estimated 175,000, according to SmartGrowth data.

The information was included in the Tauranga Transport Strategy, presented to and adopted by the city council recently.

tAURANGA_620x310Many of the new homes would be built in Papamoa, Pyes Pa, Welcome Bay and Ohauiti, Pukemapu and traditionally popular suburbs such as Mount Maunganui.

Council infrastructure planning team leader Philip King, who presented the transport strategy to councillors, said forecasted housing and commercial growth would result in traffic congestion on key roads in the next 30 years.

The congestion would undermine access to the port, which played a big part on the region’s economy, he said.

The strategy highlighted other roading issues associated with the predicted growth such as accidents, public transport use, rail and infrastructure management.

It included a long-term plan to increase the percentage of freight carried via rail to remove trucks from the roads, including a new rail bridge crossing from Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, offering fast access to the port.

The need for a dual-track rail corridor would be explored, along with electrification of the rail network, the strategy says.

The report highlights the possibility of exploring other transport options such as a city-wide ferry service and ways to encourage people to use other modes of transport besides private vehicles.

Mr King said Tauranga survey data suggested 98 per cent of all trips in Tauranga were in a private car, between 9 and 33 per cent higher than centres such as Hamilton and Christchurch.

Where they’ll go:

  • 11,400 homes are pegged for parts of Papamoa, Wairakei and Te Tumu
  • 8600 houses to be built in Pyes Pa, Welcome Bay and Ohauiti and Pukemapu.
  • 8300 dwellings would be built within traditionally popular suburbs such as Mount Maunganui on┬ásub-dividable┬ásections.
  • About 1700 would be built in Bethlehem
  • An estimated further 14,500 houses would have to be built in the city in the decade following 2041.

“Council should … where possible, minimise parking in new developments to support public transport, provide facilities on bus routes, and consider the proximity of new housing developments to bus stops,” he said.

Mayor Stuart Crosby told the Bay of Plenty Times the transport strategy was one piece of work to future proof the city.

“This work was not done in the 70’s and 80’s … We want to know what is predicted to happen so we will have time to intervene and stay ahead of the game and address the issues.”

Mr Crosby said the council would have to consider public transport, roading and rail as the city grows.


  • Natalie Dixon
  • Bay of Plenty Times

Residential building consents rebound after two month slump

SCCZEN_A_140411NZHPEHOUSE4_620x310New Zealand building consents for residential housing, excluding apartments, rose to a six-and-a-half year high in March, snapping two months of decline.

Excluding apartments and units, which are typically volatile from month to month, seasonally adjusted consents rose 1.3 percent to 1,813 units in March, the most since November 2007, according to Statistics New Zealand. Including apartments, seasonally adjusted new dwelling consents rose 8.3 percent to 1,999.

Annual residential issuance rose 30 percent to 22,366 from a year earlier. Stripping out apartments, annual permits for new building rose 25 percent to 19,768.

“The building industry is well positioned for strong growth in quake-related activity in Canterbury this year, and to a lesser degree, a lift from depressed levels in the Auckland market,” Michael Gordon, senior economist at Westpac said in a note.

Issuance of new building permits has been on the rise as the Canterbury rebuild and a housing shortage in Auckland fuel demand for property. Increased construction activity is seen as one of the major drivers of accelerating economic growth this year.

Today’s figures showed new dwelling consents in Auckland rose to 561 in March from 393 a year earlier, while new Christchurch permits to 342 from 126.

The value of non-residential building consents rose 13 percent to $4.4 billion in the year ended March while the value for residential buildings gained 32 percent to $6.9 billion. The value of all building consents rose 23 percent to $13.1 billion.


  • NZ Herald
  • Photo: Paul Estcourt
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