News from the building and construction industry of interest to New Zealand property owners.

The Labour-led Government is expected to play a hands-on role as it enables private capital to deliver the massive house-building and urban development needed to accommodate Auckland's growth.

Though the new Government does not support public private partnerships (PPPs) where they result in introducing a "profit dynamic" into building social infrastructure like schools, hospitals and prisons, it is open to using them elsewhere if they can deliver value for money and quality outcomes.

There has been a decline in the amount of building work being undertaken, according to the latest Survey of Building Work Put in Place conducted by Statistics NZ.

A homeowners lobby group helping apartment owners with repairs and litigation says the next government will need to face up to a growing crisis over substandard buildings.

The repair bill on two big Auckland apartment blocks is growing by millions of dollars as more poor construction comes to light.

The Home Owners and Buyers Association, which is involved in the repairs, said it was also aware of half a dozen new apartment blocks in the city with deficient weathertightness, fire protection or other building work.

Predictions of the building boom peaking this year have been pushed out to 2020, according one of the industry's foremost reports.

This year's national construction pipeline, a forecast by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), predicts the construction boom will last longer than expected, remaining above $30 billion for at least the next five years.

New building consent data shows Auckland still falling well short of the numbers required to meet demand.

New Zealand residential building consents fell 7 per cent in June as fewer new homes were consented in the month, although new permits were still up an annual 4.7 per cent.

Some 30,453 new houses, apartments, townhouses, and flats were consented in the year ended June, up 4.7 per cent on the previous 12 months, Statistics NZ says.

Fixing and replacing non-conforming building products could be costing more than $200 million a year, according to new research.

Building research body BRANZ has released a report looking at the feasibility of starting an electronic tracking system for building products.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is overhauling its building arm and that has raised fears this will distance it from companies and councils.

Several senior managers' jobs in the Building Systems Performance group are being disestablished, but job numbers are not being cut. The unit is one of seven groups within the ministry.