Carterton continues to grow, with the value of building consents issued increasing by more than $1 million in the six months to the end of April compared to the same period in 2014-15.

This was an increase of 12.7 per cent, with $11.2 million in consents issued compared to $9.9 million.

Carterton District Council chief executive Jane Davis said the figures reflected an increase in the number of higher-value buildings being built.

"It's really good for Carterton. In terms of people investing it does prove our anecdotal belief that people are investing in Carterton and that Carterton is growing.


"My take is that people do have confidence in Carterton and that's a really good thing for Carterton and Wairarapa."

The total number of consents rose by nine, up to a total of 135.

There were 23 consents for new or prebuilt houses, units, baches or warehouses, up from 19. There was also an increase in consents for outbuildings, which jumped from five last year to 18.

Building consent application values for the period from January to March 2016 were up 54 per cent on the same period last year, a $1.9 million increase.

The trend was expected to continue, Ms Davis said. "We expect the building values numbers to continue to rise over the next couple of years."

Building consents issued between November 2015 and April 2016:

New and prebuilt house, unit, bach or crib consents: 21 (19 in the same period 2014-5)

Value of new and prebuilt house, unit bach or crib consents: $6.69 million ($6 million same period 2014-5)

New warehouse consents: 2 (0 same period 2014-5)

Value of new warehouse consents: $1.62 million ($0 same period 2014-5)

Other outbuilding consents: 18 (5 same period 2015)

Value of outbuilding consents: $561,500 ($103,800 in 2014-5)