New Zealand residential construction consents climbed 11 per cent in February, led by increased construction intentions in Auckland as the country's biggest city tries to house a swelling population.

Seasonally adjusted consents across all dwellings rose to 2,509 in February from 2,264 a month earlier, while permits for new houses rose 4.1 per cent to 1,720, according to Statistics New Zealand. On an unadjusted basis, new housing consents were up 27 per cent to 1,712 in February from the…