Life at


Hawkins has emerged as Aotearoa’s leading construction company and provides the leadership and collaborative culture required to deliver major construction projects across the country as we build New Zealand’s future.


Being part of Hawkins means being part of a team that delivers complex and challenging projects which can further your career. It also means being part of a team of challengers and bar raisers – pushing the limits through innovation and technology to construct high-quality projects with a great client experience.

Hawkins offers a range of career opportunities and creating New Zealand’s skyline is not limited to construction. From design and build to operational roles in marketing, human resources, and finance, the ways to shape your career at Hawkins are endless.


The team is proud of our past and passionate about our future.

Molly Tilby
Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyor Molly Tilby joined us as part of the graduate and cadet programme back in January 2020 after completing a Bachelor of Construction majoring in Construction Economics from Unitec. Completing the programme

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Tyler Watkins
Quantity Surveyor

When Quantity Surveyor (QS), Tyler Watkins left school at 18, she like many school leavers had no idea what she wanted to be or do – but what she did know was that she was really organized, and her skills would be put to good use in a office based role of some sort.

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Taylor Ashton
Quantity Surveyor

As a young female in construction, this wasn’t in Taylor’s original career plan. Initially embarking on a degree in Accounting, Taylor decided that wasn’t for her and went about investigating alternative career paths, eventually discovering Quantity Surveying – and the rest is history.

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AJ Spicer
Project Manager

“I wanted to join Hawkins because they had the best projects going in the city at the time like the Auckland Art Gallery project, the Britomart Westpac buildings above the downtown train station, and also the Auckland Museum project.”

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James Walton
Quantity Surveyor

James Walton started out as a labourer, and after completing one year of an Engineering Degree at the University of Canterbury reconsidered his options and switched his focus to Quantity Surveying. We caught up with James to find out more about his road to construction:

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Dan Mcclennan
Senior Site Manager

My career with Hawkins began in 1999, whEn I joined as a labourer, leading to an apprenticeship, working my way up to my current role as a senior site manager. The team culture and collaborative working environments really sets Hawkins apart – If you’re looking for a career that surrounds you with great people, challenges you daily and provides the opportunity to grow – then jump in head first.

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Ashleigh Kennedy
Senior Quantity Surveyor

Hawkins has a great culture and I’ve met so many amazing people during my time here who I now have the privilege to call friends. You’re constantly surrounded by experienced people, who are always willing to offer support when you need it

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Kane Simek
Site Manager

I joined Hawkins over 20 years ago as an apprentice and have worked my way up to Site Manager. From my apprenticeship and HSE courses to Tertiary education and in-house training, I’m grateful to Hawkins for investing so much time into my development. I love working on the wide variety of interesting projects, with a range of people from different walks of life.

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There is a great range of benefits when you work for Hawkins. These include:

  • Group Life and Terminal Illness Insurance.
  • Fully subsidised Marram Community Trust. Downer’s contribution on your behalf allows you and your whānau to be reimbursed for many healthcare costs along with having access to affordable holiday homes..
  • Competitive discounts with Southern Cross.
  • Exclusive retail discounts through the Boost App (powered by n3).
  • Yearly flu vaccinations and health checks.
  • Training and professional development opportunities.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP); a professional and confidential service paid for by Hawkins to provide employees with added support during personal or work life difficulties.


A career in construction means creating and shaping New Zealand’s communities.

It’s purposeful work that requires time to design, plan and implement. It’s also a lot of fun working in close-knit teams with like-minded people heading towards a single achievable goal.

Throughout your career, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, developing skills applicable worldwide. Vertical construction involves building structures from the ground up and can be anything from a school to a high-rise building. There is a wide variety of work, and the size, location, and length of projects vary greatly.

The industry is based on teamwork, which is excellent for learning. We have a culture of nurturing development, and you’ll have the opportunity to watch and learn from others in your team.

Young Professionals

The Hawkins Graduate and Cadet Programme provides a broad overview of the many disciplines and skills of a major construction company. You’ll find that the construction industry offers a dynamic career full of challenging and rewarding experiences. 

This innovative two-year programme is designed to help our Graduates and Cadets gain an insight into various construction disciplines and mixes on-site and office-based experiences, including:

  • Site operations
  • Estimating and tendering
  • Planning and programming
  • Engineering and temporary works
  • Commercial management

Who should apply?

If you are…

  • A recent graduate or are completing an industry-relevant tertiary qualification in construction, quantity surveying, engineering and qualified carpenters
  • Someone with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Someone with a great attitude – previous work experience is helpful too
  • A NZ/Australian citizen or permanent resident in NZ

The Hawkins Graduate and Cadet programme applications open once a year. Register through ‘Join the Team’ to be notified when applications are open.