New Zealand residential building consents climbed 6.6 per cent in April as new housing intentions climbed at their fastest monthly pace in eight years.

Seasonally adjusted consents rose to 2,390 in April from 2,242 a month earlier, Statistics New Zealand said. For houses alone, permits jumped 15 per cent to 1,913, the biggest monthly gain since April 2008. On an unadjusted basis, new housing consents were up 28 per cent to 1,742 in April…