Building activity has continued to expand, with Auckland leading the charge.
Official figures show the volume of building work put in place rose a seasonally adjusted 5.5 percent in the three months to June.
The growth was almost equally balanced between house building and non-residential.
Auckland led the charge, rising 13 percent in the June quarter, though the lift in construction is spread across the country.
The numbers were stronger than analysts had expected, and pointed to building work underpinning a robust quarter of economic growth.