The total volume of all building in New Zealand was up a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent on quarter in the second quarter of 2018, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday.
That was shy of expectations for an increase of 2.9 percent following the upwardly revised 0.8 percent contraction in the previous three months (originally -0.9 percent).
Residential construction rose 0.5 percent on quarter following the 0.5 percent fall in Q1. Non-residential construction was up 1.2 percent after sliding 1.4 percent in the March quarter.
The total value of all building work was NZ$5.6 billion, up 8.1 percent on year.