Building consents data from around the country for May
prompted wide-ranging responses, with economists reading in a
''sideways trend'' or ''flat' result, and Housing Minister
Nick Smith seeing a continued ''surge''.
Wednesday is ''D day'' for the future of the Tiwai Point
aluminium smelter near Bluff when its owners decide whether
they want to give Meridian Energy notice they want to
terminate the smelter's electricity contract.