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New Zealand renovation demand strong

New Zealand renovation demand strong

New Zealanders have continued to spend more on renovating their homes over the last year, with market leading home renovation site reporting a 62% increase in the number of home renovation and repair jobs posted in the year to March 2014.

Auckland growth was in line with the national average at 63%, with the hot housing market encouraging many to renovate before selling. Canterbury was up 78%, with growth driven by a strong housing market, as well as a number of homeowners choosing to opt out of the Fletcher process and manage their own earthquake repairs.

Gisborne and Taranaki were the fastest growing regions in the country, up 220% and 124% from the previous year. Waikato (114%) and Northland (105%) were also up strongly.

Wellington grew slower than the national average (43% increase), whilst Nelson and Bays was the only region to decline from the previous year (down 8%).

Mark Dickson, cofounder of, stated that “a strong housing market in select areas and the Christchurch rebuild have driven demand for larger renovations. A warmer dryer summer also provided a boost to outdoor jobs like fence and deck construction, house painting across the country”.

About is the leading website in New Zealand where homeowners can find good tradesmen, check reviews and get multiple competitive quotes quickly and easily. Over 50,000 jobs have been posted, and over 39,000 tradesmen reviews completed.


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