How are women changing New Zealand’s construction industry?


With New Zealand’s current building boom, it makes sense to encourage more women to join the construction industry.

The number of women in the construction industry has doubled to 17% over the past 15 years and is continuing to grow, with women now making up 12% of trades apprentices.

The second annual Hays National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards will be held on September 14 at Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington.

The awards celebrate the achievements of women in construction, as well as honouring those organisations which are redressing the industry’s gender imbalance.

The awards have six categories which cover a wide range of roles across the industry. They are:

The Helen Tippett Award, celebrating achievement in advancing the interests of women in the construction industry.

Tradeswoman of the Year, celebrating the contribution tradeswomen are making to the industry.

Professional Woman of the Year, focusing on women who have managed a construction project or those who operate their own business in the industry.

 Outstanding Achievement in Design, celebrating the design aspect of a construction project in engineering, architecture or urban/landscape design.

Excellence in Construction Administration, honouring the contribution of women in administration, sales/marketing or operational roles within the industry.

Student/Apprentice Excellence Award, which is open to all women engaged in construction-related study or apprenticeships.

Visit the NAWIC web site for nomination/entry forms and further information at