Election uncertainty continues to weigh on the property market with spring sales weaker than previous years.
The latest report from property market analysts CoreLogic said buyers were probably waiting for more certainty over housing policies following the election.
Head of research Nick Goodall said growth in property prices was the lowest it had been in five years, at just under 5 percent.
In Auckland, it was just under 3 percent.
Annual rent growth also dipped last month after a strong increase the previous month.
Mr Goodall said net migration slowed slightly over August, which had some influence, but the market was still under pressure from an increasing population.