Being part of the communities in which we work is one way that we strive to build better communities and support future growth. Hawkins gives grassroots support through employee-led initiatives, often taking the form of regional based ‘support-a-thons’ for national cause days. We also proudly support the Auckland Youth Employer Pledge and #BuildAKL to get more young talent into work and career pathways.
Hawkins also supports a number of organisations and initiatives that inspire leadership, and forward thinking, challenging the way things are done today, promoting new and enterprising ideas that will propel our company and industry forward. We are sponsors of the Property Council New Zealand, Keystone Trust and Mates in Construction.
In New Zealand the statistics for low educational achievement and unemployment are highest for Māori and Pacific youth. The impact of this is often exponential – poor health, poor learning, prison terms. By 2050, 50% of Pakeha will be aged over 65 and the bulk of the tax-paying workforce will be Maori, Pacific Islander and Asian (Department of Statistics). By creating opportunities for Maori and Pasifika who want to learn new skills but haven’t had the chance to do so, we’re creating a better, sustainable, future: for them, their children, for the construction industry and for New Zealand.
Following the devastating Canterbury earthquakes, the Māori community saw the opportunity to rekindle Māori trades training in Ōtautahi, and so He Toki was born. Hawkins is extremely proud to partner in He Toki, as well as other initiatives around New Zealand that have grown out of He Toki’s regeneration, including Māori and Pasifika Trades Training in Auckland, as well as initiatives in Waikato and Wellington.