Our Story

At Hawkins we like to think of ourselves as being different.

We consider ourselves challengers and bar raisers.

Each and every one of us is driven by a desire to deliver great projects, regardless of their size, location or complexity.

To us what makes a project successful is what it takes to complete it: partnership, smart thinking, dedication, and determination. 

This attitude is shared and understood across each of our businesses - Hawkins Construction and Downer Infrastructure. In other words, we share the same values, and we share the same ethos. 

Everything we do above and below ground helps to build better communities across New Zealand and elsewhere in the world. This is what attracts the very best people to work with us and it’s what unifies us as a team.  

Our clients understand that this attitude defines and inspires us and this is why they want to work with us.  

We’re proud of our desire to build better communities and we think Fred Hawkins, who started the company back in 1947, would be proud of it too.


Big enough to tackle anything, yet small enough to be agile; complex projects are our speciality, underpinned by our empowered approach to Health & Safety.

Our expert teams throughout New Zealand deliver transformational projects including high end, quality fitouts, refurbishments and special purpose projects, ground breaking education projects, modern health facilities, commercial projects and community infrastructure including art galleries, event centres and stadiums.

Our goal is to deliver high quality projects that our clients can be proud of and create a great client experience along the way.

We do this by being forward thinking in the way we go about our work: challenging how things are done and finding better ways to ensure success.

Downer Infrastructure

Whether our parent company Downer is delivering on road, rail, water, open spaces or energy projects, they all have one thing in common: the outcome has a positive benefit for our communities.

Our Downer team members are all highly skilled in their respective specialist areas and their experience is transferrable to new projects and new markets.

Greater accuracy, buildability, transparency, quality and shorter timeframes are all part of our approach.

Fit-for-purpose outcomes go hand in hand with better whole-of-life value, which all lead to more sustainable and better-served communities.

Downer have a reputation, for delivering complex projects in New Zealand. Clients benefit from their technical and project management expertise and, by partnering with local firms using local subcontractors to support project delivery, both Hawkins and local businesses benefit. https://www.downergroup.com/.