Building activity has increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.8% in the June 2018 quarter, according to new data released by Stats NZ.
The rise has reversed a 0.8% fall in the March 2018 quarter, and has been adjusted for higher construction costs and typical seasonal patterns to show the underlying changes.
The first KiwiBuild homes at the McLennan development in Papakura, Auckland have been completed and more are on the way, the government says.
The 18 finished KiwiBuild homes will be sold through a ballot, which runs for four weeks and opens on September 10.
The government needs to seal more deals with private lenders if it wants to hit its KiwiBuild targets, according to New Zealand Mortgages & Securities (NZMS) director James Kellow.
Despite the slowing prices, Aucklanders would still have a very hard time purchasing their first homes, according to income statistics.