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 sponsor the Canterbury metro club rugby competition, the annual Auckland Arts Festivaland the Auckland Youth Employer Pledge and #BuildAKL to get more young talent into work and career pathways.
Hawkins also support 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 partner with the Future Leaders Programme and are a gold sponsor for Site Safe’s Health & Safety annual awards, a family sponsor of the New Zealand Property Council, a sponsor of NZCID’s annual conference and part of the Wellington Business Awards
In New Zealand the statistics for low educational achievement and unemployment are highest for Maori 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 are 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 the Waikato and Wellington Wintec trades training programmes.
We have already helped support more than 1,800 unemployed Maori and Pacific Islanders into trades training scholarships over the last five years– and the journey won’t stop here.
Hawkins supported her learning journey, offering her a summer internship in 2014. In 2015 she joined the business as a site engineer with Hawkins Infrastructure as she particularly enjoys working on Open Spaces.
To encourage more young adults into engineering e2e recently rolled out a nationwide awareness campaign and asked Sapoa to be a spokesperson.
Sapoa is a great example for all women with construction aspirations. Although she has met with opposition Sapoa has never let this stop her following her dream. Her next goal is to become a Project Manager on large-scale projects.